Nurse's News: 1.17.23

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year's! Now that we are back in the swing of things here at school I just wanted to touch base on what's going on health wise.

-There continues to be a stomach bug going around. Symptoms may include nausea, diarrhea, and fever. We have also seen some students with sore throats and a cough that may accompany the other symptoms. Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of these symptoms. They must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication to return to school. It is also recommended to wash coats and backpacks frequently to reduce the spread of germs.

-If your child has any new diagnosis or has started on any medications and will be required to take it at school, they should be brought to my attention and stored in the nurse's office. There is a medication form that will need to be filled out by a parent. By state law, your child may carry an inhaler, epi pen, or an insulin pen in their backpack ONLY if required forms are filled out with the nurse. If your child currently carries any of these they need to be brought to the nurse's attention immediately! No other medications should be carried with a student.

-Elementary classes are still going outside for recess when the weather allows. Please send heavy coats everyday. Sometimes a sweatshirt is not heavy enough for the cooler days. Stocking hats and gloves are also good to send with your child.

- With the recent holidays and MLK day that we have had time off of school, your child's sleeping patterns may be disrupted. It is best for your child to get plenty of sleep and stay on a routine even over the weekends. I'm seeing a lot of tired and sleepy kids simply because they are not getting enough sleep. This in turn affects concentration in the classroom and general well being of health.

Here's to a great second half of our school year and if you need to contact me with any questions you may reach me at 660-849-2141 or my email is morsel@jamestown.k12.mo.us.