Talking to Children
We know that following a traumatic event at a school that children need to be surronded and comforted by caring school nurses, teachers, staff and parents. The National Association of School Nurses have provided us with a collection of resources from respected colleagues and we hope they assist in helping students with their feelings and concerns. Please look at the powerpoint folder Tips for Teachers and Parents Following School and Community Violence from the National Association of School Psychologists. There are additional links at the end of the powerpoint presentation. (Located under Downloads on the right column)
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Reaches Epidemic Levels
Whooping Cough or Pertussis has reached epidemic levels in Washington. The Secretary of Health Mary Selecky has asked that all students and adults who haven’t had a Tdap be vaccinated to help protect babies that are too young for the vaccine. This disease can be very serious for young babies, who often get whooping cough from adults and other family members. Our own school nurse Maureen Correia recieved her Tdap during her pregnancy to protect baby Josie, born March 30 from whooping cough.
Pertussis should be considered in anyone with a severe or persistent cough. Your health care provider will instruct you on treatment. Schools nurses will be reviewing immunization records and notifying families if their student is considered “at risk” for pertussis. In the event of an outbreak all students and staff who have not received the Tdap vaccine may be asked to stay home until they have completed 5 days of antibiotic if exposed. As you can imagine this may place a strain on our schools and programs.
Please contact your health care provider for information on where you can get the vaccine. Spokane Regional Health District has a program for free Tdap for adults who qualify. For more information please see www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/diseases/pertussis .
Medications at School
Students who need medication at school must have a new written order from their health care provider each school year. They must be picked up by the last day of school and any left over medication that is not picked up will be destroyed following Washington state medication disposal guidelines. If you have questions regarding over the counter medications at school, please contact your building nurse.
Student with Life Threatening Health Conditions
Emergency Health Care Plans: A new plan is required each school year. Nurses are working to update our emergency care plans for this year. We will be calling parents for any missing plans. If you need to meet with the teachers and school nurse please call your building nurse.
Please contact the school nurse as soon as possible if your child developed a new Life Threat health condition over the summer.
(Examples of health conditions that require Emergency Care Plans: asthma, diabetes, severe food allergies, severe bee sting allergies, etc.)
Current year immunization requirements. Child Profile immunization registry.
Here are the steps for dealing with Lice at home. Please call your building nurse if any questions or concerns.
Information for suicide prevention advocates
Using the AED as a Single Rescuer