Nurse

Welcome to the Health Office Web Page

Jocelyn Duragano, RN BSN
Annie MacEachern, RN BS
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                  Below are helpful tips to keep our students healthy and happy.

                            Please keep your child home from school for the following:   

When to stay home

When to return to school

Fever: with an oral temperature of 100 or greater

Fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Motrin on board

Diarrhea or loose stools

24 hours symptom free

Nausea and vomiting

24 hours symptom free

Undiagnosed skin rash

When the rash has resolved or has been diagnosed as non-contagious by your child's physician

Conjunctivitis (symptoms may be redness, itching or increased tearing of the eye)

24 hours after initiating treatment with antibiotics

 

 Click on the links below for important health information:

 

 

 

 Immunizations

The NH Department of Health and Human Services has amended the immunization requirements for the 2014-2015 school year. This year all fourth graders must have 2 doses of the varicella (chicken pox vaccine) or confirmed history of the disease. If your child is not up to date on vaccinations according to our records we will notify you. Below is the link to view all immunization requirements. Please feel free to call us with any questions.

2015-2016 School year immunization requirements:

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/documents/school-15-16.pdf

 

Influenza("Flu") season is upon us here in New England please contact nursing if your child has been diagnosed with Influenza or you suspect that your child may have Influenza. We ask that if your child has any of the symptoms of Influenza in the red below that you keep your child home to rest. Influenza spreads quickly within school settings and with your assistance we can minimize the spread of Influenza here at North School. Please see this Influenza Informational Guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.

 

 

You can use this link to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to track Influenza activity in NH.

 

 

 

 

Lice

~6-12 million lice infestations occur in the US among children ages 3-11~

SAU # 12 has a no nit policy. What this means is that if your child has lice they must be treated and cleared by the school nurse(louse and nit free) to return to school. We ask that parents contact us if lice is suspected or if your child has been exposed. Nursing will work with you providing education and checking your child(rens) hair. After discovering your child has lice, the next school day your child is not allowed to ride the school bus. We ask that you drive your child in to be seen and cleared by the school nurse. Your child then may be cleared to return to school and ride the school bus. Your child will be checked daily for 10+ days. Nursing maintains professionalism and  confidentialty for those students and families who have been discovered to have lice.

A letter will be sent home with the class room(s) with known cases of lice to notify parents and requesting the parents to check their child(ren) and family members frequently with the hope to decrease the spread of lice at school.

A lice infestation does not mean someone is unkept or unclean and many families try to hide lice from school due to the stigma among communities. Lice are not concerned if the hair is unclean or clean, they are drawn to their food and feed off blood from the scalp. They also seak heat and this is why they tend to be found around the ears and the back of the head. It is important for parents and our community to realize that anyone can pick up lice and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It is even more important to remind your children of this.

A nit is the egg that a female louse lays, a femal louse acne lay up to 6 nits per day. A nit hatches within 7-10 days. This is why your child(ren) may be checked by teh school nurse daily for a time period of 10 or more days.

A nymph is a immature louse that hatches from the nit. A nymph is very small and are easily missed with head checks. They must feed on blood to live. Nymphs matures into adults within 9-12 days.

Adult louse is full grown and developed, these are about the size of a seseme seed. Adult louse feed on blood from the scalp to survive. Adult lice can spread rapidly from children to adults within a family. An adult head louse lives about 30 days. They will only survive one to two days without a human host. A femal louse is generally larger than a male and can lay 6 nits a day. This means a female can lay 180-300 nits before it dies.

Please see the CDC website for further information on lice, treatment, general questions, facts, and pictures: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html

 

Information cited from: www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html