Nurse's Corner

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    Mrs. Natal
    School Nurse
    p: (609) 631-4163 option 3
    e: lnatal@hamilton.k12.nj.us 

     

    **Health Alerts**June 3, 2019  Allergies have been significant this year causing itchy eyes, sneezing, respiratory ailments including asthma flares and bronchitis. Isolated strep cases are still being reported.

    Please remember that students must be fever free for 24 hours without tylenol or motrin, or eating and drinking normally without nausea, vomiting or diarrhea after a stomach virus in order for them to return to school Students with Strep throat must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before their return. If your child has vomited in the night PLEASE do not send them to school in the morning, they will only be sent back home to you for their much needed rest.

    Good respiratory hygiene (coughing/sneezing into a tissue or elbow) followed by good hand washing will continue to be reinforced with all of our students. CDC recommended posters are hanging in every classroom, near bathrooms, in the cafeteria and the main hallway (see below) The Students will be washing their hands with soap and water before lunch, after recess, whenever they toilet, sneeze into a tissue, or put their fingers into their mouths or noses. There is also board approved hand sanitizer on the wall at the entrance to the cafeteria for your child's use. If you prefer you may send in a small container of hand sanitzer or antibacterial hand wipes for your own child's use (not to be shared) per district policy. Although hand sanitzer is not capable of killing viruses, they make the hands an inhospitable environment for viruses and reduces the liklihood of infection. Hand washing MUST be done with proper technique in order to be effective. Please reinforce this with your child/children at home. 
      

    The preventative steps people can take to avoid becoming ill and the treatment are similar to those of most illnesses like the flu. Good hand hygiene is your best defense against getting infections.

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    To help protect yourself and others from  infections:

     

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact (kissing, touching, sharing eating utensils and shaking hands) with people who are sick
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door knobs and toys
    • Use good respiratory hygiene: coughing and sneezing into a tissueor elbow and properly disposing of tissues.

     

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    Food allergies: Robinson food policies remain the same as last school year 

     ***We are no longer celebrating Birthdays with food treats here at Robinson. We will be doing birthday shout outs during morning announcements and have our birthday wall located outside the health office. You may send in stickers, pencils or small trinkets to celebrate your child's day. You may speak to your child's teacher to see other NON FOOD ways to mark this day. All holiday celebration treats MUST be chosen from the recommended food list ONLY.   Home baked treats and store bought cupcakes ARE NOT ALLOWED. There are no exceptions to this rule. There will be no pizza or ice cream parties.

     

    The following classrooms have been designated Nut-free: K/Connell,1/Duford, 2/3 Whitlock, 3/4 Druckenmiller, 4/Tinay, 5/Slaboda, 4/5 Blazer.

    In additon, Mrs. Connell and Mrs. Chell's classes are designated gluten free classrooms

    The Robinson recommended snack list 2018-19 is as follows:

    Potato chips*- Lay’s classic, Herr's, Utz

    Pretzels- Bachman, Rold Gold, Utz, Herr's or Shop Rite brands,

    Philly Pretzel trays from Rt 130 (near Harry's arm navy) or Ewing 1400 Park Ave (previously Lawrence store)

    Popcorn*- Utz, Wise, Bachman or Smart food

    Tortilla chips*- Utz, Tostitos, Herr's

    Goldfish crackers, Cheez-its, Doritos (IF no dairy/gluten allergies in class)

    Graham Crackers- Nabisco, Keebler, teddy Grahams or Shop Rite

    Cookies- Oreos  or Chips Ahoy

    Rice Krispie Treats- original (pre packaged, not homemade) not gluten free-has barley flour

    Philly Swirl* Frozen Treats

    Water Ice*- Marino's or Luigi's

     

      ***These foods are brand specific, no substitutions can be made.

    *Denotes Gluten Free 

    Although our students now eat lunch in the cafeteria every day including one session days, if your child is in a designated nut free classroom and eats a snack, the snack MUST be free of nut products. 

     

    sick teddy

    Illness: Hamilton twp district policy requires that a child must be free of fever (temperature >100 degrees), for 24 hours WITHOUT taking a dose of Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or other fever reducing medications. If your child returns to school before the 24 hour period, they must be sent home from school. If your child has had vomiting or diarrhea, they must be eating full regular meals without any symptoms (pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). If they have not eaten and tolerated dinner well the night before, they are NOT ready to come back to school.  It is very important to make a family emergency plan that includes back up child care should your child become ill and not be able to attend school. A doctor's note is required for return to school if they are absent for 3 or more days.

     

    Absence/lateness/doctors visits: Please call the attendance line (or the school nurse directly if you prefer) if your student is going to be absent or coming in late to school. The nurse is required to track illnesses reportable to the Health department and State. It helps very much if you share this information with her. If this call is not made, the Nurse must call you and check on the status of your child. If you know in advance your child will be absent or away, inform the nurse as well as the teacher. When visiting your child's doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc. please obtain a note from their office to document the reason for absence. It is very important that we have a note on file in the case of attendance issues.  If your child has orthopedic equipment (crutches, braces, surgical boots), stitches, staples, a concussion or any other restrictive conditions,we will need a doctor's note to specify the injury and length of time expected they are expected to have restricted activity. For your child's safety he/she will be excluded from gym and recess until we receive a clearance from their doctor that they may return to unrestricted activity.


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    Medications: In order to give your child ANY medication in school (inhalers, antibiotics, eye drops, cough medicine, Tylenol etc), there must be a written doctor's order. The medication order form can be obtained from the nurse. It must be filled out by the doctor, signed by a parent and returned to the nurse along with the medication in its original pharmacy box. Students are not allowed to carry or bring medication to school, it must be brought in by an adult and given to the nurse.

     

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    Emergency Contact Numbers:

    It is of critical importance that we have up to date phone numbers where we can reach you in the event of an illness or emergency with your child. If you have not already completed the online emergency contact information please do so as soon as possible and alert the school wehn complete. If your phone numbers change, or there are alternate phone numbers to be used, even for one day, please notify the school immediately. There is nothing more frightening to a child then to have to go to the hospital without a parent present.

     

    screening

    Screenings: Your child's annual health screenings for height, weight, vision, hearing, and dental take place through out the school year. You will receive notification of the results of your child's screening if there are any concerns which need to be followed up by his or her doctor. If there are any recommendations for further evaluation (such as failed vision screen), please take the screening notification form with you to the doctors and return it to the nurse with results of the follow up. If you need assistance obtaining follow up or have financial difficulties, please contact the nurse for a list of resources available to you.

     

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    Thank you for helping us keep all of your children safe, happy and healthy in school. If anything changes with your child's health (new illnesses, medication changes, old issues now resolved) or you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to call

     

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