Viking Voyage

November 30, 2015

Notes from the Nurse

I am Jessica Scott, the Norwood Nurse. I am excited to be at Norwood! This is a fabulous place. As we enter the winter season, there are often questions about

when to keep a child home and when to send a child to school. The school reinforces the importance of attendance, but we also need to reinforce making healthy decisions for all students.

Should I Send My Child To School If….

  • she has vomited any time in the last 24 hours?

  • he has run a fever of 100 or higher at any point in the last 24 hours?

  • she has lice?

  • he has a contagious rash?

  • she has been diagnosed with the flu?

  • he has a boil or any other symptom of a staph infection?

  • she has drainage coming from the eye (such as with pink eye)?

The answer to all of these questions is NO.

Sometimes even as children begin to feel better, they may still be contagious. By returning before appropriate recovery, germs and viruses can be spread to others and could make recovery longer and harder than necessary for everyone. The school requires the child to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning.

As your school nurse, it is my goal to keep each child healthy and in the classroom as much as possible. However, if your child is ill, he or she may put others at risk.

For all students, we encourage healthy habits that can keep us from getting sick. Please partner with us in modeling the importance of practicing good hygiene with your children, such as washing hands frequently, using a tissue to blow nose, and coughing or sneezing into the elbow instead of the hands.

I want your child to be healthy! You can help by keeping your children at home when necessary and encouraging healthy habits all year.

Resources for Parents:

**Included in this link is a download for a pdf: A Parent's Guide for Raising Happy Healthy Children.

Thank you for allowing me to serve the needs at Norwood!

If you have any further questions, please call or email me.

Jessica Scott, RN