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Health Memo from Nurse Stubblefield

Reported by on 9/22/17

Dear Spring Brook Huskie Parents,

It is our goal to work together with you to provide a healthy educational environment for your students to learn. With the onset of cold and flu season approaching, please take time to talk with your students about some basic habits to promote health.

Encourage a healthy breakfast before school and nutritious snack and lunch choices.
Encouraging at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
Talk to your student about not sharing food and drinks at school.
Promote frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water.
When your student is ill, in effort to promote a complete and quick recovery and prevent spreading of illness to other students, please follow these guidelines:

Please keep you student home when:
Temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees F. (Resume school after temperature has returned to normal for 24 hours without the use of medication to control it.)
Vomiting: student may return after 24 hours without vomiting and taking food again.
Diarrhea: student may return after solid bowel movement or 24 hours of no diarrhea.
Any rash should be diagnosed by a physician with note of release to return to school.
When a student is absent with illness for 5 or more days, a Doctor’s release is requested.

Parents are also encouraged to make it a routine practice to check your child for head lice and nits (eggs). Remind your student NOT to share hats, combs, brushes, or other hair accessories.

Head lice can infest anyone and should be treated immediately and then followed up. They may infest hair that is kept very clean. One telltale sign is a persistent itch of the scalp, often accompanied by infected scratch marks, or what appears to be a rash. Closer inspection will reveal small, silvery eggs (nits) attached to hairs. Particular attention should be paid to the back of the head and the area behind the ears— lice live mainly in the area of the back of the head. Ongoing parental head checks will assist in prevention.
If you suspect head lice, contact your doctor or pharmacist for proper treatment and notify the school. The procedure outline on page 68 of the IPSD 204 Student Handbook will be followed. It is imperative that the privacy of the student involved is maintained.

Parents know their children best and we appreciate teaming with you to follow these guidelines so students can perform their best while at school.
Let’s keep our student’s healthy, learning, and reaching for their Super Hero best!

Spring Brook Health Office (630-428-6621)

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