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Wellness Fair

Thank you to all of the families and vendors who came to the Wellness Fair on March 28th! We appreciate the commitment, dedication and support of our community to the wellbeing of all of our students!

A Word on Antibiotic Abuse

We have seen a lot of sickness and viruses in the Health Office this year. I often hear, “She has a virus/cold, but she is on antibiotics so she should feel better soon.” Please beware! Make sure you know why your child has been put on a certain medication. Ask questions to your doctor and be sure you are informed and give antibiotics properly.

From the CDC: Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.

Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic if your child has a bacterial infection. This usually means there was some sort of lab sent out to determine the type of bacteria. For instance, a throat swab/culture for strep or a urine culture for a UTI. Fungal and Parasitic infections will also need special medication. However, antibiotics are not a treatment for viruses.

When your child is sick, consult your doctor and ask the right questions when you are at the visit.

Find out more About Antimicrobial Resistance

Welcome to the Health Office!

Melissa Ledbetter, BSN, RN
Leicester Primary School Nurse

I am in the health office from 8:35 AM to 3:25 PM daily. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s health during the school day, please feel free to call me during that time. 508-892-7050 or 508-892-7051 extension 303. You may also e-mail me at ledbetterm@lpsma.net

Guidelines For Keeping Sick Children Home From School
Each day, many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick children at home or send them off to school? Often, the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision:
Fever: The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100F. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin.)
Diarrhea/Vomiting: A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay a home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24hours.
Conjunctivitis: Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.
Rashes: Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.
Colds: Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms, such a nasal congestion and cough. A continuous green discharge from the nose may be a sign of infection. Consider having the child seen by your health care provider.
A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.
School Absences

Please remember to call the school if your child is going to be absent. We will be calling if we do not have a voice message or note from you prior to or on the day of the absence. A LITTLE TIP: I know the phone lines can be very busy during the school hours. You can call anytime day or night and leave a message on the voice mail of the nurse (EXT 303) or front office.
If your child receives an immunization or physical exam during the year, please provide the school nurse with a copy so that we can update their school health record.
Medication Reminder
All students who take medication during the school day must have the proper forms on file (doctor’s order and parental consent). No child may transport his/her own medication. The medication must be brought to school in the original and properly labeled container by the parent or adult designate. This includes both prescription and over the counter medication. Please see the policy and needed forms below in the files section.

Head Lice
Historically each school year there are cases of head lice. We would like to remind parents that it is very helpful if you could screen your individual child weekly at home. Please contact the school if you have any questions or you think your child may have contacted this fast moving little bug. Here is a link to the Leicester Public School Policy on head lice: http://lpspolicies.wikispaces.com/JLCCB​
Fluoride Program
We started administering fluoride to the first and second graders in November. Wednesday is our fluoride day. Only students with written permission forms from parents/guardians replying yes will be able to participate in this program. If you have changed your mind regarding your child's participation, please call the school nurse and a new form will be sent home.

Needed Clothing
With over 400 preschool through grade 2 students in our school, you can only imagine the number of lunchtime spills and bathroom accidents that occur each day. In these instances, we try to provide the student with clean clothes and if necessary, new underwear. I generally do not call the parents with this issue and provide this service so that the children can continue their day and parents are not inconvenienced at home or work. Finally, I would appreciate any donation of clothing that is in good condition, especially items with elastic waist or “stretchy” items that would fit multiple sizes. Please keep us in mind when shopping for your children. Donations of new underwear and socks for both boys and girls help us provide parents with this service.

Appropriate Clothing for the Weather
Please remember that the children go out to recess all year long for a much needed breath of fresh air as long as the temperature with the wind chill is above 20 degrees. Please make sure that your child comes to school with the appropriate outerwear for this time in the playground.

Thermostat F.Y.I...
The classroom thermostat will be kept at 68 degrees during the heating season. It would be a good idea for parents to send their children to school daily with a sweater or sweatshirt.
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