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Welcome
Welcome to the Nurse's Office. The corporation nurse is Terri Carter, RN, BSN, MA. Mrs. Carter is a graduate of Marion College, Ball State University, and Ivy Tech State College. She is certified in CPR by the American Heart Association.  Mrs. Carter is serving NES.

Amy Atkinson, LPN is the corporation's part-time nurse.  She is a graduate of Ivy Tech State College.  Mrs. Atkinson is the nurse serving NMS and NHS.

Our goal is to assist you in meeting the health needs of your student!
 
Important Information for Parents and Students!
Colds vs Flu

Tis the season for colds, cough & flu...

 

Sometimes it is hard to know if your child has the flu or a cold.  Below is a chart to help you know the difference between the two.

 

 Symptoms

 Cold

 Flu

 Fever

 Rare

 Usually present

 Aches

 Slight

 Usual, often severe

 Chills

 Uncommon

 Fairly common

 Tiredness

 Mild

 Moderate to severe

 Sudden symptoms

 Symptoms appear gradually

 Symptoms can appear within 3-6 hours

 Coughing

 Hacking, productive cough

 Dry, unproductive cough

 Sneezing

 Common

 Uncommon

 Stuffy nose

 Common

 Uncommon

 Sore throat

 Common

 Uncommon

 Chest discomfort

 Mild to moderate

 Often severe

 Headache

 Uncommon

 Common

 

To learn more, go to www.flufacts.com

 

Remember, your child should stay at home until they have NO fever, diarrhea, or vomiting for 24 hours.

 

If your child needs to bring cough drops to take at school, you need to send a signed medication permission form and the medication. 

ATTENTION PARENTS OF JUNIORS!!!

Starting August 2018, all seniors will be required to receive an additional dose of the meningitis vaccine and TWO doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine BEFORE starting school in the fall.

Please schedule those appointments NOW so that your student will be fully immunized by the first day of school.

I will be sending reminders home as this semester progresses.

Thanks,
Mrs. Carter, RN

Changes in Immunizations Required for 6th grade students

The following additional immunizations are now required for all students in grade 6:

  • Tdap vaccine given on or after 10th birthday
  • 1 dose of Menactra (meningitis vaccine)
  • 2 doses of Varicella vaccine (if no history of chickenpox disease)
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine (new for Fall 2018)

All immunizations must be up-to-date by the first day of the school year.  Please make appointments early to ensure that your student is fully immunized before school starts in the fall. Students with incomplete immunizations may be subject to exclusion until immunizations are complete.

Immunizations may be given by your healthcare provider.  Please send a copy of your child's immunization record to the school nurse.

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Medication at School

Every attempt should be made to administer all medication at home. In the event medication does need to be given at school, guidelines must be followed. A medication permit (signed according to guildelines) MUST be on file for ANY medication, including but not limited to, inhalers, cough drops, and pain relievers, given OR carried to school.  See "Medication Permit" below.  A new permit is required for each school year.

The nurse does NOT stock any medication for student use, including pain or fever reliever or cough drops. You must send it in the original container, labeled with student's name, to be kept in the nurse's office.

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Emergency Contact Information
Please remember to notify the school with changes in your phone numbers, as well as emergency contact information. In the event of an emergency, we need to be able to contact you as soon as possible. Incorrect numbers can delay this.
March Health News
March is National Nutrition Month
Making the right food and nutrition choices is a necessary part of daily life—but finding the best and most accurate information can be confusing. However, it is possible to develop a plan for healthy eating, and plans that emphasize a balance of foods, like those based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, can promote positive lifestyle changes. An understanding of what is in the food we eat is essential for allowing all foods to fit into an eating plan—as long as they are consumed in moderation and combined with regular physical activity.

For 25 Healthy Snack Tips for Kids, click here.

March is also National Poison Prevention Month
If you think someone has been poisoned from a medicine or household chemical, call 1-800-222-1222 for your Poison Control Center. This national toll-free number works from anyplace in the United States - 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Keep the number on your phone. It will connect you to a poison control center. There are currently 61 Poison Centers across the country that maintain information for the doctor or the public on recommended treatment for the ingestion of household products and medicines. They are familiar with the toxicity (how poisonous it is) of most substances found in the home or know how to find this information.


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S.T.O.P. (Stop Taking on Pounds)

Reid Hospital offers a weight managemnet program for school-aged children and adolescents.  By learning more about eating right, exercising and choosing healthy liefstyles, children and adolescents can reach their weight management goals.

STOP uses a family approach to weight management.  For 12 weeks, participants ages 7-17 attend weekly sessions with at least one parent or guardian.  With the guidance of these health professionals and the support of a positive environment, your child can become physically and emotionally healthier.

The program has an initial one-time assessment fee.  This charge will be billed to your insurance company or Medicaid.

For more information, call Reid's Diabetes and Nutrition Education at 765-983-3423.

Need Help with Food?

See list of available food pantries in Wayne County.

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When to Keep Your Child Home
Many times it is difficult for parents to decide whether or not their child is sick enough to stay home. For important guidelines, click on link below.
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All Students...Information about Meningitis
Please read the information about meningitis under "Forms and Info"!
Female Students...Information about HPV
Please read the information about HPV (under "Forms and Info") and the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Talk with your parents and your doctor to see if you should receive this vaccine!
Scoliosis Screening
Scoliosis screening is no longer required by the State. Please talk to your doctor or Mrs. Carter if you have concerns about your child.
Vision Screening
Vision screening will be conducted for all 8th grade students.

Contact Me
Amy Atkinson
847-2591, Ext 119



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