School Nurse

Cherie McElhenney, RN

UPSD School Nurse

601-774-8257 ext. 1103

mcelhenneyc@unionyellowjackets.org

Notes from Nurse Cherie

Parents please stop by my office before the first day of school if your child/children have any health conditions (Asthma, Allergies, Diabetes, etc... or taking medications at school). Parent and Health Care Provider Forms must be completed before any medication will be given at school.

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Parents and caregivers are essential decision-makers when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health needs of their children. Help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

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Healthy Kids

Please keep your student home if he/she is sick. Do not send them in to get dismissed. Stay home if you have a fever over 100.1 degrees, are vomiting or have severe diarrhea. Mild signs and symptoms can be coped with at school. You must be fever-free for a FULL 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school.


Colds: start with sneezing, a runny nose, feeling tired and not well. Sometimes a cough, sore throat and low grade fever may also be present. Tylenol, ibuprofen and drinking plenty of water will help with symptoms.

Seasonal flu: fever, cough and sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, severe fatique and chest discomfort. Again, Tylenol, ibuprofen and drinking plenty of water will help with symptoms.


Stomach flu or food poisoning: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes a fever. Eat bland foods and plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

DRINKING WATER IS ALWAYS VERY IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU

ARE SICK.

REMEMBER ALL VIRUSES ARE CONTAGIOUS... PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS BY WASHING YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING AND AFTER USING THE BATHROOM. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE BEFORE WASHING YOUR HANDS, GERMS ENTER YOUR BODY THROUGH YOUR MOUTH, NOSE, AND EYES. DO NOT SHARE WATER BOTTLES OR OTHER EATING UTENCILS. COVER YOUR COUGH WITH YOUR SLEEVE OR CLOTHES.

Upcoming events:

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KEEP SICK CHILDREN AT HOME!!

Sick students need to stay home, get plenty of rest, and drink plenty of fluids.


When students are sent to school sick they are infecting their classmates, teachers and anyone else they come in contact with.


IS YOUR CHILD TOO SICK TO ATTEND SCHOOL?

Fever 100.0 or higher

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Excessive nasal discharge

Persistent Cough

Severe Sore Throat

Persistent Earache

Persistent Headache

Persistent Stomachache

Unidentified Rash

Fatigue - too tired or sick to do normal activities.

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Medications At School

When possible, medications should be given to students at home. Medication may be administered during school hours, if necessary. Students are not allowed to carry medication to or from school. A Parent or guardian must bring medication to school and register it with the school nurse or designated school personnel.

Medication MUST be in the original, labeled container. Ask the Pharmacist for a second bottle, with the label, for school use. Any changes in medication or dosage will require a new written order from the doctor.

UPSD Medication Policy.docx

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Asthma & Allergies

Asthma and allergies can sometimes be difficult to manage. The school needs to be prepared if an emergency arises while your child is at school. The Action Plans below will help us care for your child; it should be filled out on a yearly basis or if any changes occur throughout the year. All Action Plans must be returned to the school nurse. Feel free to contact me for additional assistance or questions

Asthma Action Plan.pdf

Asthma Inhaler Student Agreement.doc

Food_Allergy_Action_Plan_English.pdf

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Flu and Meningococcal Vaccine Information for parents.

Immunizations_meningococcal_flu_district website 2017.pdf