NOTES FROM YOUR SCHOOL NURSE

2020-2021

Please Read important information from the School Nurse:

Welcome back to another great school year at Lesslie!

While this year looks a little different, we are in this together!

MASK

Yes, Mask are required! You must have documentation and the proper paperwork from RHSD for a mask exemption. We expect your child to be wear their mask much of the day with the exception of eating/drinking/recess or outside. Please make sure they have an extra mask and they are properly cleaned.

Mask with one-way valves or vents will not be allowed based on CDC recommendations.

COVID-19

My main concern remains the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. While attendance is important, if your child exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 they need to stay home. To keep all staff and students healthy, it is imperative that parents monitor the symptoms and temperatures of their children before sending them to school and implement the following steps:

· If your child begins to have symptoms related to COVID19, notify me. This is to ensure we implement enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols in the classroom where your child attended and identify close contacts

· All information willremain strictly confidential between the school and family. No other families will be given the health information of your child.

· Students and staff will be automatically be excluded from school if they have any of the following with or without fever:

· Shortness of breath

· Difficulty breathing

· Loss of taste or smell

· New or worsening cough

Other symptoms may include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea. Many COVID-19 cases show no symptoms at all, and a person can spread the virus up to two (2) days before they have any symptoms.

Students or staff excluded for these symptoms CANNOT return until they have either

tested negative for COVID-19 or a medical evaluation determines that their symptoms

were more likely due to another cause (e.g. sore throat due to strep throat).

Students or staff that require testing for COVID-19 will require a negative PCR test or

must complete the current isolation criteria for COVID-19 to return to school.

2. Make sure your contact information is updated and have a plan for what to do if your child needs to go home. Have a backup person who can pick up your child if you’re not available.

3. Know that a school nurse cannot diagnose. We can suggest of what we think might be going on, but you must take your child to a doctor to receive a diagnosis and treatment.

4. If your child takes medication at school, please have the medication admin form signed by your doctor. When you bring in the medication it must be in a properly labeled bottle. If you indicated your child as a severe allergy you must provide documentation and a diet order for our school to accommodate the allergy. I need this ASAP.

5. A student should not be sent to school to be evaluated by the school nurse with an illness or injury that occurred at home. Any serious illness or injury occurring at home must be evaluated by the student's healthcare provider.

The following guidelines should be followed when determining if a student should stay at home from school due to illness.

6. Following a nighttime bout of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever; student should stay at home and be watched for further symptoms. Fever is defined as a temperature 100.4 or above without the use of fever-reducing medication. The student’s temperature should remain normal without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

7. It is also advisable for the student to stay home from school if any of the following symptoms are exhibited: unusual skin eruptions, chills, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, persistent cough, body and muscle aches, loss of taste or smell.

8. Follow the 24-hour fever-free rule to return to school. We understand that parents must work but giving a kid Tylenol or Advil to get the fever down doesn’t qualify as being 24-hours fever-free. It must be 24 hours fever-free with no assistance. This is for your child’s safety as well as other children’s, to stop the spread of disease.

9. For 5K and 1st grade, put a clean pair of pants and underwear in their backpack and keep them there all year. Nurses often have to call home to have clothes brought for kids after an accident or spill.

*When in doubt, overshare information. Often the school nurse is the last to know but the first to see your child in an emergency.

Please do not hesitate to dojo, email or call me with any concerns or questions you may have throughout the school year!

Thank you for allowing me the privilege to care for your child/children this year.

Nurse Reed

kreed@rhmail.org

(803)985-3583