BA Health Office

Mrs. Hansen, school nurse

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Personal Hygiene!! Parents please help reinforce these important social skills and health practices at home.

Elementary age children still need help with hygiene. Fourth and fifth graders need reminders. During the warmer weather, body odor becomes more noticeable and unpleasant to be around. Older students may need to start using deodorant. Younger students need to bathe or shower DAILY.

Please be sure clothing is washed especially after being played in when students get sweaty. Please make sure your child is using shampoo, soap and a wash cloth and knows how to wash their body.

Good oral health starts in childhood. Please help your child to remember to brush their teeth twice a day!

END OF YEAR REMINDERS

All student medication (including epipens, asthma inhalers and seizure medication) MUST be picked up by the last day of school. We do not store medication over the summer. Any medication that is not picked up will be discarded.


Please be sure to have asthma action plans, food allergy action plans or any medication orders completed over the summer for the upcoming school year.


It's warm out now. Send your child to school with a WATER BOTTLE, weather appropriate clothing and good fitting SNEAKERS!!


Please consider donating outgrown clothing to me. I NEED pants, shorts, socks, sneakers.

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Warm weather reminders!

  • Please check the weather daily and dress your child accordingly. Apply sunscreen before school if needed.
  • Send your child to school with a WATER BOTTLE everyday! We have a great water filling station.
  • Check your child for ticks every day before bath/ shower. If you find a tick, remove it with a tweezer and monitor your child for symptoms of LYME disease. See below for more information.
  • We will be outside every day, weather permitting (rain). Please continue to medicate your child for spring allergies and keep them home if they are severe. Teach your child to wash their hands after being outdoors.
  • COVID is still here!! We cannot assume symptoms are allergies or a cold. If your child develops cough, runny nose, congestion, or sore throat, KEEP THEM HOME and COVID test them. They may return to school with a negative test and when their symptoms are improving. Please email me at suzanne.hansen@sbschools.org to let me know.
  • Warm weather means lots of outdoor play. It is normal for kids to have falls and get an occasional cut or scrape to their knees or arms or bump themselves or their head. If your child needs medical attention beyond first aid, I will call you.

The health office needs clothing donations!! Please consider dropping off any outgrown clothing to help us out!

Please consider donating NEW or USED clothing items to the health office. Extra clothing in the health office prevents unnecessary parent trips to the school for simple lunch room spills, muddy recess falls or bathroom accidents. It also helps kids feel better to not have to wait for a change of clothes to be brought to the school. WE NEED:


  • PANTS/ SHORTS (size small and medium and large) (prefer sweat pants, leggings, easy to put on)
  • SNEAKERS
  • UNDERWEAR (especially boys)

Feel free to send in or drop off to the school. THANK YOU!!!!

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Summer notice for students with medications, asthma and food allergies!

Please remember that medication orders are only good for one school year. Please schedule your child's yearly well check up and be sure to have a new asthma action plan, food allergy action plan or medication order form completed for September (all forms are below). Medications and forms may be brought in by parents only, at the beginning of the school year.
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HEAD LICE INFORMATION

Occasionally we have a few children come to school with head lice. It’s that time of year again and we would like to alert you to the presence of this nuisance. You can help by regularly checking your child for symptoms of head lice.

There are some questions and answers which may help.

Q. How does a person get head lice?

A. Head lice are transmitted directly from one person to another, or by direct contact with articles that have been used by an infected person (such as combs and brushes, hats, scarves, jackets, bedding, car headrests and house upholstery).


Q. How does one detect head lice?

A. The presence of head lice is usually, but not always, accompanied by head scratching and itching of the scalp. Upon examining the hair, you will find nits (eggs) firmly attached to the hair shaft. Nits are easier to see than lice. They are small grayish-white specs which are usually found on the hair at the back of the neck and behind the ears. You cannot flick them off the hair like dandruff.

Q. How do you get rid of them?

A. There are special shampoos (ask your pharmacist) which kill head lice. (A single insect may deposit 90 nits in her 30 day cycle.) Use them according to the directions on the bottle, which means you must shampoo again 7-10 days after the initial shampoo. In addition, the nits must be removed either with a nit comb or by hand.

Q. How do I clean up my house?

A. Use hot water to wash lice exposed clothes, towels, and bed linens. Soak combs and brushes in hot water with the medicated shampoo for 10 minutes. Dry clean hats and clothing that cannot be washed (or seal in a plastic bag for at least 35 days). Vacuum carpets, upholstery, pillows, and mattresses thoroughly and dispose of the vacuum bag.

Q. How do I deter re infection?

A. Be sure you notify all of those with whom your child has had contact. Prevention and/or cure in those situations will sharply reduce the possibility of your child receiving the lice again. It is most essential you notify any schools, clubs, day care centers, etc. your chil(ren) attend.

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Dental Health resources!!

Young children need to see the dentist TWICE a year. Please consider this low cost resource if you don't have dental insurance.
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