Nurse Ashley's Health Newsletter

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Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary

Reminder of Illness Policy

As we enter cold and flu season, I want to remind everyone of our CPS illness policy. It is to the benefit of all students and staff that this policy is adhered to so we can promote a healthy learning environment. We are starting to see and influx of GI bugs (vomiting) and cold symptoms so please remember to keep your child home as needed.


Students exhibiting the following symptoms will be sent home and/or should remain home if they have any of the following:

a. temperature of 100 degrees or greater

b. vomiting with associated signs of illness

c. diarrhea

d. unusual or unexplained rash

e. ongoing symptoms of discomfort or immobility from an injury

f. concerning health condition that may require further medical evaluation


Student may return to school when:

• fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication

• vomiting and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours

• other conditions (rash, injury, health concern) subside or with a provider’s note

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Protect yourself from germs!

In the last month, I have worked with kindergarten and first grade (soon to be more grades) about the importance of practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding habits that spread germs. These tips were discussed.



  • Scrubbing with soap and water for 20 seconds before washing off our hands.
  • Avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Coughing into our sleeves and not on our hands.
  • Using a tissue only once and then washing our hands or using hand sanitizer.
  • Washing our hands after using the restroom, playing outside, touching animals, and before eating.
  • Avoid being close with other sick people.
Germ Smart Kids How To Wash Your Hands

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Health Screenings

Each year we have different health screenings for our students including hearing and vision (Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades, all new students to the district, and/or parental/teacher concerns), flu shot clinic, and dental screenings. These screenings are free to our students and are the best way to keep them healthy and ready to learn in the classroom. Students who had signed parental consent received the flu shot on October 14th and dental screens with possible fluoride on November 20th.


If you have any concerns with your child needing screenings or choosing a medical provider to see your child please contact the health office at 573-214-3534.


If your child missed the flu clinic and you would still like them to receive it, Boone County Health Department on 1005 W. Worley St. can administer it or you can contact your child's doctor office.

Ashley Mendoza, BSN, RN

I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2005 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing. I have worked in Labor and Delivery and Pediatrics throughout my 14 year career with experience in the hospital, clinic, and school settings.


I want to help your student in any way I can. Please contact me with any concerns.