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Welcome to Nurse's Notes! My name is Mrs. Huskey and I am the School Nurse at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. This is my 25th year as a nurse in the Woodbridge School District! I love what I do and the "family" of students and staff that I take care of each day.
My belief is that a student's physical and emotional health directly impacts their learning, and to that end, I strive to practice and teach preventative health measures; assess, treat when appropriate, and refer acute injuries and illnesses, and recognize and support emotional health needs of our students. I am available during the school day at 302-337-3469 ext. 110 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY CARD IN THE NURSES OFFICE YEARLY
Medical Requirements to Enter School in Delaware:
All children entering a Delaware school for the first time are required by law to have the following:
All medication must be kept in the nurse’s office. Medication sent to school must be in the original container for both over the counter and prescription. Prescription medications must have a pharmacy label with the child’s name, medication and directions for administration. An OTC medication must be accompanied by a parent note that is dated, has the name, dose and time of the medication and is signed by the parent. Please complete the medication permission form to allow the medication to be administered at school. Because this is mandated by the state failure to comply will result in your child not receiving the medication at school.
Any students with asthma and /or allergies are recommended to have asthma medications (inhalers/nebulizers) and allergy (epi-pens/ auvique) medications kept at school. Please complete the appropriate Action Plan and turn it in the nurse as soon as possible.
Student with seizures are encouraged to provide nurses with any medications needed for seizures and complete a seizure action plan..
Orthopedic (Postural and Gait) also referred to as scoliosis screening are done in the fall to all 5th graders. Hearing and Vision screenings are administered to 4th graders.
If your child fails the vision or hearing screen, a letter will be sent home recommending an evaluation by a physician.
If your child fails the orthopedic screening he/she will be referred to the Orthopedic Referral program and be reevaluated by a physical therapist from AI Dupont later that school year. A letter will be sent home with the therapist recommendations.
At any time throughout the school year, if you would like your child to be screened, please contact the nurse's office.
Medical and Medication:
Medical Action Plans: (to be completed with the student's doctor)
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME
Children who have the following symptoms should not come to school until these symptoms have been gone for 24 hours without the help of medication, or until the doctor sends a note stating the condition is not contagious and it is OK for your child to return to school:
If your child's temperature is 100 degrees or higher, keep your child at home. While at home, encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours (without medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.
Mild Cough/Runny Nose
If there's no fever, and the child feels fairly good, school is fine.
Bad Cough/Cold Symptoms
Children with bad coughs need to stay home, and possibly see a doctor. It could be a severe cold or possibly bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia. But when the cough improves, and the child is feeling better, then it's back to school. Don't wait for the cough to disappear entirely -- that could take a week or longer!
Diarrhea or Vomiting
Keep your child home until the illness is over, and for 24 hours after the last episode without medicine.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Keep the child home until a doctor has given the OK to return to school. Pink eye is highly contagious and most cases are caused by a virus, which will not respond to an antibiotic. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require an antibiotic; your doctor will be able to determine if this is the case. If antibiotics are prescribed, they must have at least 24 hours of the medicine or drops before returning to school.
Children with a skin rash should see a doctor, as this could be one of several infectious diseases. One possibility is impetigo, a bacterial skin infection that is very contagious and requires antibiotic treatment. If the rash has any drainage coming from it, the child must be seen by a doctor and may return with a doctor’s note clearing them for school.
It is great that students want to come to school, but it is very important to stop the spread of germs throughout the school.
STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE TOO SICK TO COME TO SCHOOL. DO NOT COME IN TO BE EVALUATED BY THE NURSE. THIS CAUSES GERMS TO SPREAD TO CLASSMATES AND BUS PARTNERS. TAKE THEM TO THE DOCTOR PLEASE!
Attention Nemour's Pediatrics Parents:
Nemours Healthcare System offers the Student Health Collaboration: