School Nurse- Karen Eylander, R.N.

Email Mrs. Eylander at keylander@gvshawks.org

 Welcome to Health Services

Please remember to notify the school if your child is absent. We call the home of any child who is absent without a known reason. This is a safe school policy.


Any health information which is pertinent to your child's well being is valuable to me. Please let me know if your child is taking any medications. This is confidential information and will be part of their health record.  There are side effects to all medications and it helps to know if there are reasons for unexplained headaches or stomach aches. I am very appreciative of input you may wish to share with me regarding your child's health. 

Our general guidelines for when children are required to go home or are to be kept home:

  • Fever over 100.0, students need to be free from fever without using medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, within the past 24hours
  • reddened, itchy eyes with sticky drainage
  • suspected or known head lice
  • Unrelieved, self limiting pain and/or accident that has resulted in injury which needs further medical attention.

 The office has over the counter stock medication forms that Parents sign early in the school year. If you would like your child to receive a medication that is NOT included in this list, please do the following:

  •  Send the medicine in with an adult.
  •  Have the medication in its original container.
  •  If sending the medicine in with an adult OTHER than the parent please attach a written  request for the medication to be given.
  •  If the medicine is a Prescription medicine, I will request a signature from prescribing physician via fax. 
  •  I will not give any medication that is not properly labeled. No Medication will be given if it is in a baggie.

Ticks

Here are some tips to prevent tick-borne illnesses:

  1. Avoid tick-infested areas when possible and stay on the path when hiking to avoid brush.
  2. Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs so ticks can be more easily seen.
  3. Tuck pants into socks before going into wooded or grassy areas.
  4. Apply insect repellent (20-30% DEET) to exposed skin.

5.    Do daily tick checks to look for ticks on the body, especially warm places like behind the knees, the groin, and the back and neck.

6.   Pets returning inside may also bring ticks with them. Perform tick checks and using tick preventatives on pets.

7.  Shower soon after returning indoors to wash off any unattached ticks and check clothes for any ticks that might have been carried inside. Placing clothes in the dryer on high heat for an hour effectively kills ticks. A recent study suggests that if clothing is not wet, shorter drying times (minimum of 6 minutes) may effectively kill ticks.

8. Remove ticks promptly using tweezers. Tick removal within 36 hours of attachment can prevent disease.

9. Monitor for signs and symptoms of tickborne diseases for 30 days after a tick bite. Patients should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop. 

Additional background information about tickborne diseases and prevention can be

found in the State of New Hampshire Tickborne Disease Prevention Plan at:

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/documents/tbdpreventionplan.pdf



Lice

Research-Based recommended School Nurse responses to Head Lice

• Notifying parent / guardian at the end of the day of the suspected infestation.

• Providing information on the biology of head lice and methods to eliminate infestations.

Research-Based unjustified School Nurse responses to Head Lice

• Excluding or quarantining the student or his/her possessions.

• Violating confidentiality of the affected student and his/her family.

• Notifying other students and parents of minor health issues affecting classmates.

• Mass screening of children for head lice or their eggs.

• Applying insecticides to classrooms and buses.

• Reporting cases of head lice to youth or social services.

• Bagging of coats and clothes.

• Restricting the use of headphones or helmets.

For more information on Lice see:

https://identify.us.com/


http://education.nh.gov/instruction/school_health/faq_pediculosis.htm

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