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 Welcome to the Health Office

School Nurses:  610-942-8950 ext. 4305

Mrs. Flint, RN, BSN, CSN (Mon., Tues., every other Wed.)

  Mrs. Tyree RN (Every other Wed., Thurs., Fri.)

We are committed to keeping your children safe and comfortable while they are away from home, so that they can be challenged as leaners at school. We will administer medications, as needed, with orders from your pediatrician. We will assess and treat your child for illness/injury symptoms that manifest during the school day. We can also assist you in assessing whether your child is well enough for a learning day, just give us a call to confer. We do recommend that a child should stay home if there is: fever (100'F or above) and until fever-free for 24 hours without and analgesic, vomiting, diarrhea, persistent cough or communicable disease. Please keep us updated with your best contact information, so that we can reach you as quickly as possible during an emergency. There are relevant authorization forms and helpful websites below for your review.

Notes from the Nurse - November 2014
How Safe is your Child In & Around the Car ?
Cars are so much a part of our family lifestyle .  We  regularly , almost automatically at times, ride our children in the car . But are they safe ?  According to the National Highway Traffic  Safety Administration (NHTSA)  vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children between the ages of one and thirteen years old.  Did you know that children should be restrained/seated in the back/rear  seat at least through  age 12 (until 13) ?? Seat belts only restrain grown young people and adults.  Car seats and booster seats are to be used and installed according to the manufacturer’s directions, with regard to child  age, size and vehicle type.  Make sure they’re compatible with your vehicle, too, per the manufacturer. . The lap seat belt should fit snugly across the  upper thighs, not the stomach.  Shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest, not across the neck or face.  The car seat must not move side-to-side or front-to-back more than one inch when pulled at the belt path.  Use a car seat and/or restraint  for Every trip.
Check out the site our local police department uses regarding car seat types and guidelines for use –    www. nhtsa.dot.gov/  or http:// www. healthychildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics )  Car Seats : Information for Families for 2014 , or www.SaferCar.gov/parents  Let us know if you’d like to hear  from Downingtown Police Officer Mark Harootunian about car seat installation  during a PTO or other parent group meeting.
Finally, talk to your children about the dangers of playing around vehicles, supervising them closely, too, when vehicles are around.  Common dangers include:
Backover – Before getting into a car, check around and behind and in the surrounding area, to ensure no one is present.  Check again before moving the car down the driveway, street or out of a parking space.  Tell children never to play around vehicles !
Rollaway – Never leave a child in a car that has the ignition on or the keys in the ignition.
Heatstroke    The  leading cause of vehicle=related deaths not caused by a crash for children under the age of fourteen. . Even if the windows are cracked  or  it’s a short stop,  never leave a child or pet unattended in a car !
Seat belt entanglement – Make sure the seat belt is in the proper position and condition.
Sources:  www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS    http:// www. healthychildren.org  
 
 
 
 
Hand Hygiene Hints
Hello All   !
We are all about the critical need to share  our welcoming warmth to  friends & colleagues !  Bacteriologically speaking, "the handshake is pretty gross," said the author of a brief report in the American Journal of Infection Control.  Handshakes (which date back to ancient Greece !) transfer twice as many bacteria as high fives and 10 times as many as fist bumps.  
 So, given the need to stay happy and healthy , consider trying to convey  greeting warmth by smiling, putting a hand to the heart , having eye contact or  better yet - using  our  fabulous words.  Remember to preach  handwashing, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, keeping hands  & bodies to self  and staying home when sick .
Health & Happiness !
Deb
 
Wellness Tip of the Week
Eating 6 small meals per day instead of 3 larger meals helps to increase your metabolism, which will lead to burning more calories. Be sure to emphasize protein source along with fruits and vegetables rather than carbohydrates in these meals.
 

 Forms

 
2011 PA School Immunizations Requirements[1]Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Allergic Reaction FormUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Asthma Action PlanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
DASD Health Services - Parent HandbookUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
DASD Health ServicesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Diabetic OrdersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
FAAPUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Food AllergyAnaphylaxis Emergency PlanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Independent Testing Assessment for DiabetesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Insulin Pump ProtocolUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Medication Order FormUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
OTC standing order 2011Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
PHYSICAL EXAM approved 10-11-12[1]Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Self Carry Medication formUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
 

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