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Immunizations: Did you know that students need booster shots in the middle of middle school! Minnesota immunization law requires that all students receive booster shots before they enter the 7th grade and parent(s) must provide a doctor’s office print out of all shot dates to the school nurse. Nearly 25% of our middle school students have not received all of the required booster shots or if they have received them, the parents did not provide the shot dates to the school nurse. If you receive an ‘all call’ notification from the school indicating that your child is missing some required shots please respond by discussing this with your child’s healthcare provider. You may also call the Lincoln Park Middle School health office if you have questions or need clarification of what is needed.
Winter Wellness: Please encourage your student to come to school with weather appropriate jackets, hats, mittens, and boots.
Get Enough Sleep: Did you know that middle school-age students typically need 9 – 10 hours of sleep a night? Make sure that your child’s bedtime will give them an adequate number of hours of sleep! Tip: Don’t have a TV, computer, or cell phone in your child’s bedroom at night. The reason? Students have reported to the school nurses that they will awaken in the middle of the night to watch TV, play on the computer, or to text a friend while their parents think they are asleep. The school nurses commonly see middle-school students who complain of being tired and wanting to sleep during the school day, causing them to miss important instructional time. Also when your child isn’t feeling well, encourage them to go to bed earlier, as their body needs more sleep to fight off germs.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes: Remind your student to cough and sneeze into their sleeve. Coughing and sneezing into the hand puts germs onto the hand that are then shared by touching desks, books, computers, etc. Also remind students to clean their hands often by washing with soap and water or waterless hand sanitizer. Getting a flu shot is another good way to help you and your family stay well this winter. It is not too late to get one!
Prescription Medications Administered in School: Needs a written doctor’s signature and a written parent’s signature.
Exception for over-the-counter pain medication: Students in grades 7-12 may legally carry a small travel size container of over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen in school to self-treat various aches, pains, headaches, cramps, etc. The school health office needs the parents written permission annually confirming that the parent(s) have determined that their student responsible enough to do so. Call the school health office if you desire any further information about this. (Be aware: Aspirin is not recommended for students under age 20 because it can cause Reye Syndrome.)
ISD 709 Head Lice Information Handout: The most common way to become infested with head lice is by head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. Such contact can be common among children during play at school, home, and activities such as; sports, playgrounds, camp, and slumber parties. Uncommonly, transmission may occur by: wearing clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons worn by an infested person; using infested combs, brushes or towels; or lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with an infested person.
Parents, please examine your child's head weekly, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2–3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated. Please notify our health office should you find evidence of lice on your child’s head.
The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:
· Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, camp and slumber parties).
· Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
· Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfect combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°f) for 5–10 minutes.
· Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
· Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°f) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
· Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay.
· Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Remember, once a week…..take a peek!