Welcome Back!

Hope everyone had a happy, healthy summer. As we prepare for the academic year we will need health information for  your child. Please take a moment to complete the digital health questionnaire (by logging into the Family Portal). A strong home -school partnership is important for your child’s physical and medical safety. If there are any changes in your child’s health please be sure to communicate with the Health Office.

Tick Check Reminder-The students spend part of their day outside-recess, science, PE, sports-so please do a daily tick check to keep them safe.

Be well! 

Health Resources

Sun Protection

Fun in the Sun? Check out the Center for Disease Control recommendations on how to keep your child protected from the sun:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/children.htm

Tick Update

With the warm weather here (yippee!) we need to increase our tick surveillance on our families. Here is a comprehensive resource from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html

Be Well!

Poison Prevention:

Most childhood poisoning happens in the home with an adult nearby. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommendations on how to keep children safe:
https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages

Be Well! 

Sleep…..

Now that the sun is shining longer and the weather is warmer, it is tempting to push your children’s bedtime to later in the day. It is still very important that we all get enough sleep to be at our best during the waking hours. Here is a guide to what the experts recommend.

https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/how-much-sleep-do-babies-and-kids-need

Sleep tight !

Resources regarding Lice

Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Here are helpful resources regarding lice:

http://www.headlice.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html

According to the lice experts the best way to check for lice and nits is dampening the hair with water and a lubricant (conditioner, tea tree oil, coconut oil, etc.) then using a lice comb. This may need to be repeated over the course of several weeks.

Lice are an annoyance but with persistence they can be controlled. If you have any questions regarding lice or how to check your child’s head, please call me at school.

The Flu:

The influenza virus is hitting hard this year. Attached is a link to the latest CDC (Center for Disease Control) information regarding the flu activity.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

Here are some suggestions on preventing the spread of the flu:

  • get the flu shot (it’s not too late!)
  • frequent hand washing with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • stay home if you are sick and keep your child home if they are ill
  • stay home for 24 hours after the fever goes away