Just a reminder: If a child requires
medicine to be given in school, a parent must request in writing
that the medicine be given, and it must be in the original container
with the dosage directions on the label. Twice a day medicines
should be given at home, with doses spaced as close to 12 hours
apart as possible. Three times a day medicines should be given at
home in the morning, after school, and at bedtime. If it is not
possible for the medicine to be given after school, it will be
administered at 2:00 in school. Medicine that is not in the original
container (such as a plastic bag) cannot be administered in school.
Please make sure the school has accurate phone
numbers so we can reach you or someone else to pick up your child
if they are ill. Please remember to send in new work numbers
if you change jobs. Also, remember to inform the nurse of any surgery
or serious illness that your child might have that causes them to miss
school for a lengthy time. Thank you.
WHEN TO KEEP
YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
Temperature over 100 degrees in the last 12-24 hours. If you suspect
that they may be sick please check their temperature with a thermometer
before sending them to school. If they have a fever it is not
appropriate to send them to school, even if you give them Tylenol and
their fever breaks. They will still be contagious to other children and
will also not be feeling well enough to learn.
2. Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 12-24
3. An unexplained rash.
5. Red or crusty eyelids or drainage from
6. Headache, cough, sore throat, or congestion
severe enough to interfere with attention to school work.
7. Flare-ups of asthma, that would make it
difficult to work in school.
COLD AND FLU SEASON TIPS
Here are some tips to help you make it through the
cold and flu season. Also remember that it is common to get 7-12 colds
per year, so you and your child are not alone in your suffering!
KEEP FROM GETTING SICK:
You cannot catch a cold by going outside in the
cold weather with wet hair or by not being dressed appropriately!
That is an old myth which is not based on facts. Colds are spread by
viruses, not bad weather. The reason you may catch more colds in the
fall and winter is because you’re spending more time indoors and have
greater exposure to people who are infected.
TIP: Wash your hands frequently, get your rest, and eat a
balanced diet. Don’t touch your face after contact with a
sick person, as that helps the germs get near your mucus membranes
(mouth, nose, eyes) and gives the germs a way to enter your body. Also,
don’t share drinking or eating utensils.
WHAT TO DO
WHEN YOU GET SICK:
Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Take
over the counter medications to help treat symptoms, see below.
Some new prescription drugs can shorten symptoms caused
by viruses, but must be taken in the first 24 hours of developing
Check with your school nurse about your school’s policy
about when to keep a child home from school.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR:
Any prolonged or severe symptoms including: severe sore
throat with a fever, persistent cough (especially if your child has
asthma), fever over 102 degrees, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, a cough
that produces bloody, thick green or brown phlegm.
ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST TREATMENT:
Antibiotics have no effect on cold viruses. In fact,
they often encourage vomiting and diarrhea, which are the last thing your
child needs. Unnecessary use of antibiotics also helps breed more
resistant bacteria, so the antibiotics may not work as well when your
child really needs them.
Never pressure health care workers to prescribe a
“quick fix” antibiotic.
When antibiotics are prescribed, you should take the
correct dosage for the entire period of time. Call your doctor if you
develop any rash or hives.
Never take anyone else’s medication.
Cold And Flu
there is no cure for a cold, various treatments can provide comfort.
The following list of different types of cold medication and what they
do may help you make good choices.
Decongestants help to un-stuff the nose and decrease postnasal drip.
Their main advantage is that they don’t
make you sleepy. But sometimes these medications can make young
latter stages of a cold, antihistamines can dry the nose too much
and cause the mucus to thicken. This may encourage and prolong an ear
infection. Younger children may become excessively sleepy or
hyperactive from antihistamines. Using a small dose may decrease these
Expectorants help to
make mucus looser so it can be coughed out easier. The first dose or
two may actually make the cough sound worse, as the child is now able to
get rid of the built up mucus. Expectorants are most helpful for a
chest cold or during the latter stages of a cold. Expectorants’
bad taste is hard to mask.
Since a cough helps
keep draining mucus out of the lungs, you don’t
want to totally suppress a cough. A younger child should rarely get
sleepy or hyperactive from these medications.
A child produces a
fever to help fight off an infection, but if your child is achy and
uncomfortable, one of these medications may help. If you give your
child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin), check any
other cold preparations you are also giving to make sure these aren’t
already included so that you don’t
give too much.
Antibiotics have no
effect on cold viruses. In fact, they often encourage vomiting and
diarrhea, which are the last things your child needs. Unnecessary use
of antibiotics also helps breed more resistant bacteria, so the
antibiotics may not work as well when your child really needs them.
Hearing and Vision Screening
All students new to public school in Delaware and all second and
fourth graders will be screened in the fall of the school year. If a
student fails the screening a note will be sent home recommending that
you take your child for further testing. Please call the nurse at
697-4975 if your child is referred for follow up and you have difficulty
accessing services due to lack of insurance coverage or any other
barriers. Community resources may be available to assist with both an
eye exam and the cost of glasses.