Nancy Tomlinson, School Nurse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from the Health Office:
Medication forms may be downloaded from District Medical Forms. State Laws require a physician signature for anything other than over the counter medications to be administered at school. Any medication must come in a labeled container. NO MEDICATION will be given if it is in a baggie. All medicines are to be kept in the Health Office while your child is at school.
Please let the Health office know if your child is taking any medications. This is confidential information and will be part of their health record. There are side effects to all medications and it helps to know if there are reasons for unexplained headaches or stomach aches.
Please let the health office know if your child has Strep thoat or another contagious illness. We can better understand what is happening in our school population if we work as a team. We are particularly concerned about flu virus this year. If your child has a fever, they must stay at home and be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. We hope to have a healthy school year and please call with any questions or concerns.
Nancy Tomlinson and Ellen Bailey
It is that time of year when an extra pair of socks and pants are a good idea to put in your child's backpack. We have loaned out our last pair of pants. Unfortunately, we often do not get these items returned and I know it is inconvenient for you to come and bring some dry clothes. Sometimes there is no choice.
Update For Parents Regarding H1N1 Influenza Virus
Since the new H1N1 influenza virus began to circulate in New Hampshire in early May, the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the NH Department of Education have been working closely together and updating schools about this virus. The World Health Organization has indicated we are at the start of a 2009 influenza pandemic. This declaration is an indicator of how widespread the transmission of this virus is, not its severity: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/
At this point, we know that:
Do not share drinking/eating containers or utensils
Avoid contact with ill persons if possible
Stay home if you are ill. Do not return to work, school, or social activities until you have been asymptomatic for 24 hours
The NH DHHS is working with the NH Department of Education to prepare schools and daycares for the fall influenza season. Public Health Experts are concerned that H1N1 could become more severe in the fall. Our school district continues to stay informed and is well prepared to respond. Nationally, steps are being taken to create a vaccine for possible use in the fall. Our district will continue to take extra measures to ensure commonly touched surfaces are disinfected. We will also continue to have strict exclusion policies for students and staff with flu-like illnesses. In the fall, we will do our part to promote influenza vaccinations for all students and staff.
Over the summer, please continue to stay informed about this new strain of influenza. For more information and resources, please go to: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ or http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/DHHS_SITE/swineflu.htm
For more information, please contact the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Communicable Disease Control Section @ 603-271-4496 or In NH 1-800-852-3345 Ext 4496.