FROM THE NURSE
Norma J Walens
Certified School Nurse
215-338-9494 ext 1116
NOTES FROM THE NURSE:
It is imperative we keep our Father Judge community as healthy as possible. Please ensure that your son is practicing healthy habits. Optimal health is dependent upon adequate sleep, exercise and proper nutrition. Eating a healthy breakfast every day will give your son more energy, help manage his weight, and improve his concentration.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR STUDENT HOME FROM SCHOOL:
If your child exhibits 2 or more of the following symptoms, please contact their primary doctor to discuss further treatment:
* Fever= to or > 100.4
* Dry cough ( not related to a preexisting condition)
* Shortness of breath if not related to asthma
* New loss of taste or smell
* Vomiting and/or diarrhea
* Unexplained rash
WHEN YOUR CHILD SHOULD RETURN TO SCHOOL:
If your child only has 1 of the above listed symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or fever-They may return to school after 24 hours of being symptom free without taking any fever reducers (Tylenol Motrin etc.).
Please do NOT administer pain relievers/fever reducers and send your son to school, as this exposes everybody to unnecessary health risks.
2ND MCV IMMUNIZATION REQUIRED FOR ALL SENIOR STUDENTS:
The State of Pennsylvania requires all senior students to have a 2nd Meningitis vaccine after their 16th birthday. All seniors should be up to date with the 2nd MCV at this time.
9TH & 11TH GRADER PHYSICAL/IMMUNIZATION RECORDS :
The State of Pennsylvania requires all 9th & 11th grade students to have a current physical along with updated immunizations on record in the nurse's office. Please submit all information as soon as possible.
STUDENT EMERGENCY/MEDICAL INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS:
Should your son have any specific health issues that would impact their education, please be sure this information has been provided to both the school nurse and all teacher's on your son's roster.
For your child's safety, the "Student Emergency/Medical Information" form is required to be completed every school year and returned to the health room in September. This information is kept on file and becomes part of your child's health records. In order for your child to receive Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain relief, a parent's signature must be on file on the "Student Emergency/Medical Information Form." When your child requires any medications during the school day, the medication form must be completed by your son's doctor. All School Nurse forms can be found on the website, click parents, click forms.
The flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2021-2022 to protect yourself and the people around you.The Center For Disease Control recommends that:
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications has a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.
Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people.
There are many vaccine options to choose from. CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine over another. The most important thing is for all people 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine every year.
If you have questions about which flu vaccine to get, talk to your doctor or other health care professional
The Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) Child Helpline helps parents enroll in Medicaid or CHIP for their children. The Helpline is also available to answer questions about Medicaid or CHIP coverage, help you find a health care provider – including behavioral health – and provide assistance with insurance problems. No family makes too much or too little for their children to get health insurance. Children are eligible if they are citizens OR if they have any current US immigration document, and do not need a social security number to apply.
This is a free service, and they can assist families in any language.
Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns regarding your children. I'm available Monday thru Friday email at firstname.lastname@example.org.