From the School Nurse...

Dear Myers Parents/Guardians,

We are very careful in school to minimize the exposure of all of our children and staff to illness/disease. This communication is a general reminder to help keep our students and staff healthy. Please help us in our effort to keep Myers germ free.

If your child has the following symptoms, it is better NOT to send them to school until these symptoms have been gone for 24 hours.

- A fever of 99.5 or higher
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
- Hacking productive cough
- Yellow or green drainage from the nose
- Drainage from the eyes that is not clear
- Sore throat
- A rash that has not been identified from a physician

If your child comes to school and then reports these symptoms to us, we will call and ask someone to come and pick them up. Please make sure to keep emergency cards updated with any phone number changes.

Also, please join our efforts at school to remind your child to wash their hands frequently throughout the day and to keep their fingers away from their eyes, nose and mouth.

Thank you for helping to keep Myers healthy and germ free.

Michelle McCalister, RN   

Other Useful Nurse Related Information...

Medication at School
There are cases where some students need to take a daily medication or use inhalers and breathing treatments throughout the school year and during school hours.  Without a State Medication Form (copies are in school office) completed by the childs doctor, we cannot adminster any medication to your child.  This includes prescriptions, cold medicine, Ibuprofen, skin cream, or any over the counter (OTC) medication.  If your child uses an inhaler or needs to take any kind of medication during school hours, please obtain this form from the school office and have it completed by the doctors office ASAP.  Make sure a parent or guardian also signs the bottom of the form where indicated.  Parents/Guardians are always permitted to come to the school and give their own child medication, if needed.  Staff CANNOT by any means administer ANY kind of medication to your child without this form completed by a doctor first.  

Head Lice
There are times throughout the school year where parents may discover their child has head lice.  In this case, we ask that you keep the child(ren) home from school to prevent the spread until live bugs are no longer seen or located.  Children MAY come to school with knits (eggs) as long as a parent is treating the child each and everyday and removing any and all knits for up to 10 days consecutively.  Once knits hatch, there will be live bugs again.  You must be diligent but you can be rid of them with constant head checks.  The school office will check your childs head once they return to school and if any live bugs are located, will have to call home to have the child picked up.  This will help to prevent the spread.   If a student in your childs classroom contracts head lice, a note to the class will go home advising parents of an outbreak in the classroom.

Ringworm
This is a fungus that is highly contagious.  If your child has a circular shaped rash, darker pink around the boundary of the rash and lighter pink inside of the rash, please take your child to their pediatrician.  The doctor will prescribe an antifungal cream to be applied each day.  Please be aware that your child should NOT come to school until the cream has been applied at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.  Remind your child that they should not itch the effected area.  If they do touch it at all, they need to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.  This ringworm rash can last up to three weeks even with treatment but you must remain diligent to remove it entirely.  If your child comes to school with the rash in a visible location (i.e. face, arm, hand, etc.) where the spread would be easier, the school will apply a bandaid over the affected spot to help insure the spread does not continue to others.  If a student in your childs classroom contracts ringworm, a note to the class will go home advising parents of an outbreak in the classroom.  This way all parents can observe their child to make sure it has not spread to them as well.    

If you have any questions, please call the school office.  If you need to speak with the school nurse, you may leave a message with the secretary who can contact the nurse.  Nurse McCalister is at Myers on Mondays each week.