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School Health Services

Mandated Health Screenings

Please click on the "Parent Screening Letter" to the left to read about the screenings that will take place at the Bagnall School over the next few months. If

you have any questions regarding the screenings please call me at ext. 103. Thank you

Health Alerts

Just a few reminders- Sick days procedure- If your child is out sick or doesn't come to school for some reason, please call the abscence line and leave a message . Include your childs' name, grade and teacher, and the reason for the abscence.

Reasons for keeping your child home- Temperature of 100F or higher- Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school

   - Diarrhea or vomiting, other flu like symptoms

    - An undiagnosed rash- children must be seen by their doctor to have the rash identified and a note given to the nurse explaining what the rash is and that it is or is not contagious

   - A prolonged cough- more than 2 weeks duration

   - Live head lice.

    - Strep throat- child must be on antibiotics for 24 - 48 hours and fever free before returning to school

    - Chicken pox- mandatory exclusion for 7 days or until all pox are crusted over

     - narcotic pain medications - child must be able to attend school requiring only Tylenol for pain

Medications- If your child needs medication at school, such  as a long term prescription, forms for the doctor and the parent to sign are posted to the left of this column.Or please call the  School Nurse for the forms at ext 103.  No medication may be brought to school by a child- only  a responsible adult may bring the medication to school. Please do not bring more than a months' supply at one time. All paperwork MUST be on file BEFORE the medication can be administered by the Nurse. All medication must also be in a pharmacy labelled prescription bottle with the childs' name, the drug name, the dosage and strength of the medication and the prescribing doctors' name. If you have any questions about any of these reminders, please speak to the School Nurse.

Head Lice 

Each year approximately 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 12 years of age are infested with head lice.  While the odds of your son or daughter developing head lice are relatively small, click here  http://www.nasn.org/portals/0/resources/scratch_fact_parent_2010.pdf to see useful information on how to spot and treat this condition. Another good resource is the website created by Dr. Richard Pollack, an expert on this topic from Harvard Medical School. www.IdentifyU.S..com

 Ticks and Lyme Disease

Spring is here and children are coming to school having been out in the woods surrounding thier homes or having played outside in teh grass- both areas where ticks love to hide. Please be advised that ticks are already out and multiplying. In the larvae stage the ticks are very small, not larger than a pinhead. Checking your children on a daily basis is a good idea- check behind the ears, on the head and neck, in the groin- just about all over. Ticks can hide and implant anywhere on the body. Some precautions to take are to have your children wear long pants, tucked into socks, long sleeve shirts, and hats. Spray and repellants containing DEET or permethrin are good but use with caution and only on clothing, not skin. Have the child change the clothes after playing outside, daily baths are also a good idea so that you can do a  full body scan each day.

Ticks transmit diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, depending on the type of tick. They can also cause staph infections. The tick must be feeding for 24-48 hours in order to transmit the disease. Some people will develop a bulls -eye type rash anywhere on the body, not just where bitten. Most people do not develop this rash. Achy joints, swollen joints, and flu like symptoms 2-3 weeks after a bite are also tell tale signs. If you suspect that your child has been bitten by a tick, or you find a tick on your child, please call your physician for futher follow up care- but let the School Nurse know that you are having your child tested so that we can watch things here at school. For more information click on the following link from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health  www.mass.gov/dph/tick