ConVal Nurse Newsletter

November 2022


We have seen an increase in illness in our schools. Please be sure to review the district's illness guidance, summarized below, and reach out to your school nurse with any questions.

Students who have any symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections
, such as cough, congestion, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home.

Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19.

Students may return to school when symptoms have improved and they have been free from vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fever for 24 hours without symptom-reducing medication.

If students test positive for COVID-19, they must follow the CDC's isolation guidelines; please contact your school nurse to confirm the date your student may return to school.


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Nutrition and the Holidays

This time of year, many students and their families will be celebrating various holidays. The celebrations often involve many different foods, and choosing the "right" foods to eat can be a challenge. Parents/guardians can be great role models for their child, choosing healthier food items and limiting ultra-processed and high-sugar foods. The food that we eat affects our immune system, which is the front-line defense system to help us stay healthy. This is especially important this season, with the expected increase in respiratory viruses such as influenza, RSV, and COVID-19.

For parents of preschoolers, you can find nutrition tips here.

The article found here gives suggestions for making healthy food choices for the whole family.

More information about the nutritional needs of teens can be found here.

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Gretchen Shippee, RN ConVal High School (603)924-3869

Judi Bernardi, RN ConVal High School (603)924-3869

Linda Compton, RN Great Brook School (603)588-6630

Tricia Harris, RN South Meadow School (603)924-7105

Vicki Mellon, RN Antrim Elementary (603)588-6371

Jill Gourley, RN Peterborough Elementary (603)924-3828

Amy Healey, RN Pierce Elementary (603)588-2131

Rebecca Philbrick, RN Francestown Elementary (603)547-2976

Alaina Slocomb, RN Greenfield Elementary (603)547-3334

Mitzi Turgeon, RN Hancock Elementary (603)525-3303

Rebecca Philbrick, RN Temple Elementary (603)878-1955

Rebecca Philbrick, RN Dublin Consolidated (603)563-8332