Nov. 3 – When to keep your child home

     A confirmed case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) has been reported.  Attached is an information sheet on Pertussis.  Please read so you know the signs and symptoms of Pertussis.  It is important to know how to prevent and treat the illness as well.
     Keep in mind, vaccinated children can get Pertussis, however it can present as a much milder case.  It could start as a cold, but then progress into a bad cough that doesn’t go away.  Knowing a person who is sick with Pertussis can be contagious up to 21 days.  So it is important to see your Healthcare Provider (HCP)if you have had a cough that isn’t getting better and getting worse after a few days.
     Please be proactive and keep your child home if you have any doubt.  You can also  contact me with any questions.    

Nurse Carol     Whooping Cough-Pertussis_notice_10.23.pdf 

November newsletter
Have you gotten your Flu shot yet?  Talk to your Health Care Provider if the flu vaccine is a good idea for your child.

Please remember—DO NOT send your child to school if they have a fever of over 100. Do not medicate for a fever and then send him/her to school.  A student should also not have vomited or had diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school as well as if they have a cough that doesn’t stop.  We need to prevent the spread of illness with the other students and keeping sick children home is best way to help.

Check your emails!  I will send an email to parents/guardians if I see your child in my office and I want you to be aware.  Emails will be non-urgent emails, of course, and more of an FYI.  I will call parents for more urgent issues or if your child needs to be picked up.

I will be doing state required hearing and vision screenings on kinders, 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders over the next few weeks.  I will also be doing growth screenings as well.  If you choose to opt out of growth screenings, a form needs to be filled out for your child and given to the office.  Opt out forms can be found on the KPBSD website.  You cannot opt out for vision or hearing.  Any child needing a referral for hearing or vision will have a letter sent home with the child.  I will not be sending home letters if they have passed, however, feel free to email me or call if you want to know the results.  They should all be completed by Thanksgiving break.

Weekly lice check: Please be sure to visit the health service section on the KSAS website to find information about lice.  Check your child’s hair weekly.

Influenza:  Influenza has started early this year, please talk to your health care provider about getting the flu vaccine to keep your children safe.

Winter months are coming as well as colds, coughs and more.  Please remember to keep your child home if they have had, within the previous 24 hours, a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or a bad cough that is not able to be controlled.  Let’s keep our kids healthy.

Note for parents on lice procedures
Lice Policy
Helpful Facts About Lice
Head Lice Training (PowerPoint)


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