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Sunscreen Information

Sunscreen Application at School

Summer weather is upon us. It’s also the time of year for sunscreen application prior to any sun exposure. Sunscreen is considered an over the counter medication that would require a doctor’s order for application at school. If you feel your child’s activities require sunscreen application please apply prior to the start of the school day. Many upcoming activities are planned for outdoors. For clarification, please contact your school nurse teacher.

Head Lice Information
Information on Head Lice
Head lice are small insects that live on the hair and scalp of humans and feed on blood. The eggs called “nits” are white specks that look like dandruff, but cling to the hair shaft and cannot easily be dislodged or removed. Lice and Nits do not jump or fly. They usually die after being off a person for 48 hours.
Some symptoms of Head Lice include:
· Itching of the scalp which can be mild to intense.
· Redness noted behind ears or nape of neck.
. Do not use regular shampoo. Contact your pediatrician or pharmacist to choose an effective product.
. Follow directions on product; use fine tooth comb to remove nits. Use daylight.
. Wash bed linens, pillows, scarfs, hats, clothing and towels in hot water and dried in hot dryer.
. Use disinfectant/hot water for combs/brushes.
. Put non-washable items in a plastic bag x 10 days.
. Vacuum carpets/floors/furniture and vehicles.
. Check all family members, siblings, close contacts and treat as necessary.
· Lice are transmitted by direct contact with the individual or in-direct contact with clothing, furniture, sharing brushes,and combs. Bring pillow/brush to sleepovers.
· Classrooms will continue to be cleaned and maintained as usual including vacuuming of carpeted areas.
· No child should be excluded or allowed to miss school because of head lice/nits.
. Parent contact will be made when children have been found to have lice or nits.
. Students may remain in school and take bus home.
. Prompt proper treatment is in the best interest of the child and their classmates.
. Student may return to school after appropriate treatment.
Please call your school-nurse teacher with questions/concerns.
The Stomach Bug
“The Stomach Bug”
The stomach bug is a highly contagious virus sometimes caused by the norovirus. The infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). This leads to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. The stomach bug is often called by other names, such as food poisoning and stomach flu. The stomach bug is not related to the flu, which is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.
Acute Gastroenteritis:
. The stomach bug causes about 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S..
. Symptoms: frequent diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration (call pediatrician).
. Several strains of the virus exist, so you can get infected and sick many times in your life.
. You are most contagious during active diarrhea/vomiting and first 3 days recovery.
. Wash your hands! Best way to stop spread of infection (all kinds!).
. Keep hands away from T-Zone (mouth, nose, eyes).
. Avoid direct contact, sharing food, drinks and objects used by infected person.
. Keep student home till eating/drinking to sustain them through an academic day and stools are formed (Read more: Letter from Your School Nurse Teacher).
. Stay hydrated and call your Pediatrician if your child shows signs of dehydration.

Check out Links for CDC site on the Stomach Bug.

Please call your school-nurse teacher with any questions/concerns.
Be Safe at School with Safe footwear
Just a reminder from the Student Handbook"that appropriate and safe footwear must be worn at all times."

Make sure that your child wears sneakers for PE and for playing outside at recess. If your child wears sandals to school, please have a pair of sneakers in their backpack that they can put on for recess. Sandals and other open footwear are not safe for recess play or PE.
Mrs. Ziegelmayer RN CSNT
School Nurse
School Attendance Guidelines
A letter from your School Nurse Teacher – Winter 2016
Dear Parents,
Your School Nurse Teacher has come up with some helpful guidelines that help you to know whether your child should stay home from school; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these three quick questions:
  • Does your child have a fever?
  • Is your child well enough to engage in class?
  • Do you think your child is contagious (such as pinkeye or strep throat)
So when should I keep them home? A general guide is helpful, although when in question, or if your child has not seen his/her doctor, please call your SCHOOL NURSE.
Fever is the body's way of destroying the germs making it sick, and it's a common symptom of infections such as flu. Keep your children home if their temperature is 101° F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free without Tylenol or Motrin before letting them return to school.
Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics. Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated.
Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Keep children home if they've vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. They can return to school after symptoms clear up or your doctor says they're no longer contagious.
Mild cold or respiratory symptoms are no reason to keep children at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild. Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies. If the cough is mild, you may send in cough drops with a note to the nurse. If they have an inhaler, a doctor’s order must accompany the inhaler to school.
Sore throats can be a symptom of strep or a common cold. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. If your child has a mild cold, it's okay to go to school.
Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms of pinkeye include eye redness, irritation, swelling, and pus. If your child wakes up and their eye is crusted over, please consult his/her doctor.
Headaches Opinions differ on whether a child should be kept home. If your child doesn't have any other signs of illness, and feels okay, your child can go to school.
Rashes can be the sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox or impetigo. If the rash is itchy, has drainage or is widespread over the body, they should be kept home until they're diagnosed. They can return to school after symptoms are gone or if their doctor gives the okay.
Earaches aren't contagious. There's no need to keep a child with a mild earache home, as long as your child feels well enough to concentrate.
Head lice verses Nits (Lice are live bugs and nits are tiny teardrop shaped eggs) In all cases the parent of the identified student will be notified when a case of nits +/or lice is found. Active head lice cases require communication with the parent. Treatment is required before returning to school. Good home to school communication is key.
Be well! Please call your School Nurse Teacher with any questions.
Springbrook 348-2306 Bradford 348-2287 Dunn’s Corners 315-2642
State Street 348-2344 WMS 315-1659 WHS 315-1599
Cough Drops
Cough drops may be used as needed provided a parent or guardian has provided written permission.. Student may self –carry the cough drops if the parent/guardian and the school nurse are in agreement. Cough drops should not be used during activities that might cause a higher risk of aspiration or choking including, but not limited to, PE class, sporting events and practices, recess, and the playing of musical instruments requiring air to be blown in by mouth.
Good Handwashing

The 4 Principles of
Hand Awareness

1. Wash your hands when they
are dirty and BEFORE eating
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your
fingers into your eyes, nose
or mouth

Henry the Hand
Medication During School Hours
Please bring in a doctor's order for your child/s medication and the medication in a pharmacy labeled container.
Any medicine given during school hours, including over the counter medications, must have a doctor's order.

The form is listed below under the Medication Order Form.

If you have any questions about medication administration, please call or email me.
School Nurse Teacher
State Street School
Immunization Requirements for Students Entering Kindergarten
Immunization Requirements
Students and child care providers are required to be vaccinated against certain diseases in Rhode Island. These requirements are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and healthcare providers in Rhode Island.
More information about these diseases is available online.
Required immunizations for students
Requirements for children entering pre-kindergarten
  • 4 doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine
  • 3 doses of Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) vaccine
  • 1 dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
  • 4 doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (not routinely given to healthy children 5 years of age and older)
  • 3 doses of polio vaccine
  • 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
Requirements for children entering kindergarten
A child who is entering kindergarten must have met the pre-kindergarten immunization requirements, plus:
  • 1 dose of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine
  • 1 dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
  • 1 dose of polio vaccine
  • 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
Cough Drops
Cough drops may be used as needed provided a parent or guardian has provided written permission.. Student may self –carry the cough drops if the parent/guardian and the school nurse are in agreement. Cough drops should not be used during activities that might cause a higher risk of aspiration or choking including, but not limited to, PE class, sporting events and practices, recess, and the playing of musical instruments requiring air to be blown in by mouth.
 Medication Policy.pdf
Medication Policy for Students Receiving Medication in School
Medication Order Form
 Student Nutrition Policy.pdf
Westerly Public Schools Nutrition Policy
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