Mary Beth Guyett, BSN, RN
Phone: (914) 245-4802 ext. 204
Fax: (914) 245-4164
Winter Health and Safety Tips
Due to the recent extreme cold weather, Lakeland's school health professionals would like to share some winter health and safety tips with our Lakeland families. Children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy when temperatures drop. Please review the tips provided.
Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety
- Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov http://health.westchestergov.com/winter-safety-tips
- Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm
- Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health) http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm
- Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/
The NYS Department of Health would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free and accessible on their website http://www.nyhealth.gov.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
If your child shows any symptoms of illness: temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home. Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement.
Children may not return to school unless:
- They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever
- They have not vomited for 24 hours
During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up student. Please have updated contact numbers on file. Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly. When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms. Absences should be called in daily by parent/guardian.
Below are links to websites and guides containing information about the flu and flu shot.
- NYS Department of Health Seasonal Flu Guide
- CDC Everyday Prevention Guide
- NYS Department of Health Flu Fact Sheet
- US Department of Health and Human Resources Flu Guidance
- Health Updates
- Wellness Resources for Students and Parents
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Lice)
Proper nutrition is key to good health and learning. Breakfast is very important to start your child’s day! It’s important your child eats a nutritious breakfast daily. Please send your child with a healthy snack and lunch. Encourage good eating habits at home and school.
As a reminder please alert the health office during the school year to discuss with the school nurse these medical issues:
- A student has or has recently recovered from a serious illness
- A student has been hospitalized
- A student has had surgery
- A student has sustained an injury requiring medical treatment
Documentation from your health care provider will be needed to return to school with or without restrictions for Physical Education and recess.
Physicals are required for all new entrants and students in grades Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th Grade. Documentation of a physical or date of up coming physical must be in the Health Office by 10/1/13. Students who do not return evidence of a physical examination or the date of an appointment will have a health appraisal scheduled and documented with our medical director. Parents/Guardians will be informed of the date of the school health appraisal. Click here to download the form Student Health Examination.
Please send completed physical forms to the Health Office. It is also a good idea to keep a copy of your child’s physical for your records. Dental Certificates are requested not required for students in K, 2 and 4thgrade
Medication of any kind cannot legally be dispensed to any child in school without a Physician’s written order and parental consent. An adult must bring the medication to school. It must be in the original prescription container (ask the pharmacist for two (2) containers –one to remain at home and one for school).
Physical, Dental and Medication forms can be down loaded from the District’s web site click on Departments look for Heath Office.
Absences must be called in daily before 8:45AM. Please call TJ # 245-4802 press # 1 and leave a clear message including name of child, grade, and reason for absence. Please leave details of illness: fever, flu like symptoms, cough, sore throat, GI symptoms etc... When your child returns a written explanation for all absences including dates must be sent to your child’s teacher. Students who have a fever of 100 or higher should stay home.
If your child gets sick, it is often appropriate to keep him/her home from school. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. Think ahead try to make arrangements for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a place for him/her to stay. You should not send your child to school if he/she has: flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea in the past 24 hours. Students should stay home for at least 24 hours after they are without symptoms and fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication.
In the event your child is injured or has had surgery and cannot participate in gym and recess a note must be sent in by a parent. If they cannot participate for a length of time a note from the MD must be sent in. Notes from the Doctor’s office can be faxed to the health office direct fax # 914 245-4164. The note must state students name, the injury and the length of time out of gym/recess.
Head Lice: Children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be called if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment. Please inform the parents of your child’s playmates so that they can check their children’s head. As a precaution the student’s class will be checked. A note will go home to inform parents of that class.
Head Lice Information
ALLERGY ALERT REMINDER -Many children have developed serious allergies to various foods, particularly NUTS. We also have children who have serious allergies to other products such as chocolate, eggs and wheat. It is important to check with your child’s teacher before sending in snacks or baked goods that are intended for class distribution. The teacher will be able to advise you as to whether or not there are any restrictions in your child’s class. It is also important to discourage your child from trading lunches or snacks. Please see below for more information regarding Snacks and Food Labels. Please read all labels & send labels in with all treats sent in. After checking the ingredients list, look on label for phrases like these:
“may contain nuts”,“produced in a facility that also processes nuts”,“produced on a shared equipment with nuts or peanuts”
Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. Keep me informed of any upcoming surgery or changes in health or medication status.