Greetings from the Health Office!
Let's all work together to keep our school as healthy as possible. Please carefully evaluate your students in the morning before sending them to school, so the germs aren't spread further. Fever greater than 100 or vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours needs to stay home. This is even more important in light of all the recent news about the spread of different contagious diseases. Please make sure to call the attendance line also so we can keep track of where your student is and how sick they are. When you call in, it really helps if you give symptoms like fever, vomiting, etc. instead of just saying they are sick.
Now is the time! Everyone please remember to wash your hands, cover your cough and get your flu shots! While the flu shot is important for everyone, it is especially recommended for people with asthma, chronic health conditions, the elderly, children and anyone who is going to be around these high risk groups. It’s very important for everyone’s health.
I also found this article on the Internet from the Dept. of Public Health. With the weather turning colder and the thought of snuggling up to watch TV being more enticing than exercise, I thought it was a good reminder for all of us. It also will help us to connect with our kids more. Have a Fabulous Fall!
Nurse Jody, Neill Elementary School Nurse
Is TV Taking Over Your Family?
How much time do your children spend in front of the tube? There can be consequences from too much TV and other screen time (such as video games and computers), including obesity and lack of physical activity.
If it’s more than four hours a day, children and teens are more likely to be overweight now and in the future. Every hour spent watching TV increases their risk of obesity. Children who struggle with their weight often are teased. They are also at higher risk of developing health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Family time can also suffer when everyone is glued to the TV. By cutting back on TV time and other screen time ― like video and computer games― your family will have more time to connect, talk and play together. Plus, you’ll have more time to enjoy favorite hobbies and activities.
If you’re concerned your children and teens watching too much television, here are some suggestions:
- Limit the number of hours they can watch TV or play on the computer each day to one or two hours.
- Turn the TV off during dinnertime to encourage conversation between you and your children.
- Replace TV time with other activities.
- Try to plan a nightly activity with your children to increase everyone’s physical activity for the day, such as going for a bike ride or walk to a park. In the winter, sledding or ice skating or walking in the mall are great family activities.
- Don’t allow a TV in your child’s room.
- Place the TV in an inconvenient place, such as the basement.
- Create rituals with your children, like playing cards or working in the garden or yard together on a daily or weekly basis.
- Be a good role model by watching very little TV yourself.
General Health Information
Welcome to the health office! Health Services is open Monday-Friday during school hours, 8:55 a.m.-4:10 p.m.
*ISD191 is a NO Shots, NO School District. All students are required to be up to date on their immunizations or have appropriate exemption documentation signed to attend school. Please visit the MDH website to view the MN Immunization School Law requirements for each grade. **Link to Immunization Form
*First aid care is given for minor accidents. Parents will be notified in case of major accidents or illnesses. The school nurse is not able to provide doctor's care. Therefore if a student is injured at home or is ill, the parent/guardian should consult their child's physician. If you do not have medical insurance or have a barrier to accessing a physician, please see information on Diamondhead Clinic.
*Emergency contact forms are needed on every student to facilitate appropriate care for students who become ill or injured at school. Students can only be released to people that have been designated by parents and are listed on the emergency form. A parent signature is needed on this form. If the information changes during the school year, please notify the health office.
*Please do not send a student to school who is ill (fever over 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24hours) or have untreated injuries. Also, please keep your child home and inform the school nurse if they have other illnesses such as Strep Throat or Chickenpox. Please refer to Is My Child Well Enough to view some of the reasons to remain home.
*Inform the school nurse of any specific health conditions your student may have. This is extremely important for planning for an optimal learning environment for your child. The school nurse will work with you to put a plan in place to provide for the needs of your child which may include an Individualized Health Plan.
*The Health Office does not supply any medications for students. Any medication brought to school must come in the original container. All medications require a parent signature and a person licensed to prescribe medications such as a Physician or Certified Nurse Practitioner signature. Link to Medication Form
HEALTHY STUDENTS ARE BETTER LEARNERS! See link on influenza vs. a cold virus http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/flu/documents/sick.pdf
More information, including forms and policies is available on the District 191 Health Services website