As many of you may already know there has been an increase of pink eye (conjunctivitis) and the Stomach flu in our district.
***A Rule of Thumb for the Stomach Flu is to be symptom free for 24hrs without the use of medication before returning to school.
Pink Eye symptoms vary based on the cause of the inflammation, but may include:
· Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
· Increased amount of tears
· Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep
· Green or white discharge from the eye
· Itchy eyes
· Burning eyes
· Blurred vision
· Increased sensitivity to light
The various causes of Pink eye inflammation can be from Bacteria, a virus or from allergies.
***If you do not notice symptoms getting better 24hrs after the start of an antibiotic then the pink eye is likely a viral form of the infection and may take 4 to 7 days to clear. Pink eye is usually not contagious during the incubation period but can be highly contagious as long as symptoms are present with the viral form. The bacterial form should not be contagious after 24 hrs from the start of the antibiotic.
To prevent the spreading infection or the re-infection of Pink Eye:
· Don't touch or rub the infected eye(s).
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
· Wash any discharge from your eyes several times a day using a fresh cotton ball or paper towel. Afterwards, discard the cotton ball or paper towel and wash your hands with soap and warm water.
· Wash your bed linens, pillowcases, and towels in hot water and detergent.
· Avoid wearing eye makeup.
· Don't share eye makeup with anyone.
· Never wear another person's contact lenses.
· Wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses. Throw away disposable lenses or be sure to clean extended wear lenses and all eyewear cases.
· Avoid sharing common articles such as unwashed towels and glasses.
· Wash your hands after applying the eye drops or ointment to your eye or your child's eye.
· Do not use eye drops that were used for an infected eye in a non-infected eye.
· If your child has bacterial or viral pinkeye, keep your child home from school or day care until he or she is no longer contagious. It's usually safe to return to school when symptoms have been resolved, however, it's important to continue practicing good hygiene just to be sure.
We must have a written excuse for all absences or lateness, regardless of the reason. Please write an excuse upon your child’s return to school. All students coming in late must check in with Mrs. Shambo to obtain a pink pass prior to going to their classroom.
Please send in a note for any bus change. If we do not have a note, your child will be placed on his/her regular bus and get off at his/her normal stop. If you need to make an emergency change, please do so by 1:00 p.m. Telephone calls, which cause many interruptions to classes, are strongly discouraged.
EARLY DISMISSAL (Doctor appointments, dentist appointments, etc.)
Please send in a note the day of the appointment and the time you wish to pick up your child. This makes staff and teachers aware they are leaving, and students will be ready to go. For last minute emergency changes, go to Mrs. Shambo's office to sign your child out.
For medications to be administered in school, they must come labeled in a pharmacy bottle with a note from the doctor stating it must be given during the school day, directions for administration and also a parent note requesting the school nurse to administer it. This also includes all over-the-counter medicines. Do not send full prescriptions (just enough for the duration). Medications must be brought in by a parent or a parent designee. Students are not allowed to carry medications on their person unless the proper paper work for self-directed/able to carry is filled out by a Doctor and is on file in the Nurse's office.
REQUIRED GRADE PHYSICALS
NYS & District policy requires school physicals for all new students as well as students in Kindergarten, grades 2, 4, 7, and 10. You may take your children to your own doctor, if desired. If you choose to do this, please notify the nurse at 688-4472, and she will send home the physical form or click HERE to download the form. There is no charge for physicals done at school by Dr. Shambo.
individualized Plans of Action for a medical condition in the school setting eg. Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes
Medication administration at school
Includes forms for sport participation
Guidelines for Parents of when to keep your child home sick