• UPDATE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

    A Message from Nurse Kristy!

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    June 21st, 2021

    Medication Pick Up from the Health Office

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    If you have medication to pick up from the nurse, you are encouraged to do so on the playground side of the building from the window in the Health Office. There will be a sign indicating which window to go to.

     

    Here are the times you can come and pick up medication:

      • Monday, 6/21- Thursday, 6/24, 11:40 a.m. -12:15 p.m. (These are ½ days.)

     

    • Friday, 6/25: 10-11 a.m.

     

    May 25, 2021

    Given the current closure of the cafeteria, all classrooms are NUT-FREE! Be sure to check the ingredient list on the snacks and lunch items before your child brings them to school. Nurse Kristy prepared a quiz to help prepare safe food items at home. This quiz is available here for our remote students as a resource and will go home in paper form for all hybrid students. 

    Process to Return In-Person: 

    If an absence is medical in nature, please follow the guidance below. If it is not medical in nature please complete the parent absent note. In either event, please notify the school nurse and attendance office. 

    Reach out with any questions. 

    Regular updates are made by NYS regarding the ongoing pandemic conditions.

     

    A medical provider note is needed to return to school which contains a sufficient alternate diagnosis (examples: chronic condition with unchanged symptoms OR confirmed acute illness like a positive strep throat laboratory test). If a COVID test is performed, the final negative result MUST be a confirmatory molecular test (usually referred to as PCR)

     

    Please be aware that Westchester County Department of Health requires that negative rapid tests (including the Abbot ID NOW) be confirmed with a laboratory PCR (gold standard) COVID test. Please share this email with your doctor.  

     

    If a COVID test is collected, the district asks that all household contacts refrain from attending in-person until negative results are obtained. 

     

    In the morning before school you will complete the EZ Screen App and assure the symptoms are resolved/improved and the child remains fever free for more than 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. 

     

    Reach out with any questions.

     

    You are welcome to email me so I can take a peek at the note to make sure all of the required pieces are on it. If you choose to send the paper copy in the backpack, please place it in a sealed envelope labeled "to the school nurse". 

     

    REFERENCES:

    What should I know about Rapid COVID-19 testing? Rapid antigen tests are highly specific but not very sensitive. Therefore, if you receive a negative result from a rapid COVID-19 Antigen test and/or you have symptoms of COVID-19 and receive a negative result from a rapid COVID-19 Antigen test, you must have the negative result confirmed by a conventional COVID-19 RT-PCR test. https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

    October 25th, 2020

    The NYS Department of Health has shared some suggestions about making Halloween “spooky, not scary!” You are encouraged to check out the document below. 

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    September 28th, 2020

     

    • Given the current closure of the cafeteria, all classrooms are NUT FREE! Be sure to check the ingredient list on the snacks and lunch items before your child brings them to school. Nurse Kristy prepared a quiz to help prepare safe food items at home. This quiz is available here for our remote students as a resource, and will go home in paper form for all hybrid students. 

     

    September 20th, 2020

     

    • Given the current closure of the cafeteria, all classrooms are NUT FREE! Be sure to check the ingredient list on the snacks and lunch items before your child brings them to school. Nurse Kristy prepared a quiz to help prepare safe food items at home. This quiz is available here for our remote students as a resource, and will go home in paper form for all hybrid students. 

     

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    Below please find an update from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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    CDC Poster: Face Coverings Do's and Don’ts pdf

     

    CDC: Use of cloth face coverings web page

     

    CDC: Use of cloth face coverings pdf

     

    CDC & Surgeon General: How to make your own face covering (this is a youtube video)

     

    American Academy of Pediatrics: Working and Learning from Home

     

    World Health Organization: Helping Children Cope with Stress

     

    Several families have asked about influenza this season. See below for four helpful health education resources. Be sure to scroll down to the Parents Guide in resource number one.

     

     



    Here is additional information regarding hand washing from the Centers for Disease Control, and once again, a link for the video children watched in school.

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    Make note:

     

    • Germs are everywhere. Make handwashing with soap and water a healthy habit to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. https://go.usa.gov/xV9TXexternal icon #KeepHandsClean  

     

     

    Health Information Topic: Head Lice

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    Head lice are tiny bugs the size of sesame seeds which attach to the hair. They are most common in preschool and elementary school children. They are crawling insects and cannot jump or fly. They may be spread through head to head contact, common in the Waverly age group. Regular head checks of your child are the most valuable way to spot head lice before they multiply or infest. Remember to be discreet if found, to avoid anxiety for the child. We encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider for guidance on treatment and reach out to Nurse Kristy for support.

     

    Review this 3 minute podcast from CDC regarding head lice.

    American Academy of Pediatrics Resource: Head Lice: What Parents Need to Know.......