Park Crest Middle School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Questions for the School Nurse?  I am available by email and phone, or come by my office:
 
Office:  512 594-2435 
School FAX: 512-594-2405
 
She is a nurse because she enjoys…
Ella es una enfermera porque le gusta … 
 
Ms. Loerwald  
 
 
General Guidelines for Illness
Some general guidelines for determining if your student is able to return to school are as follows:
  • Fever free for 24 hrs without the use of fever reducing medications
  • Antibiotics (if indicated) for 24 hrs
  • A normal bowel movement after diarrhea
  • Tolerating a full meal without further nausea or vomiting
Symptoms...of a Cold ...of the Flu
Fever
Rare
Usually present. Higher than 100.0 F is associated with the flu.
Chills
Mild
Moderate to severe
Headache
Uncommon
Common
Body Aches, Pains
Slight
Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness
Fairly Mild
Moderate to severe
Runny/Stuffy Nose
Common
Sometimes
Sneezing
Yes
No
Sore Throat
Common
Not common
Chest Discomfort
Mild to Moderate
Often severe
Treatment
Antihistamines, Decongestants, Pain relievers
Antiviral medications-see your doctor
Prevention
Wash your hands often with soap and water; Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold
Wash your hands often with soap and water; Annual vaccination; Antiviral medications-see your doctor
Complications
Sinus Infection, Ear infection, Asthma, Bronchitis
Sinus infection, Bronchitis, Pneumonia; Can worsen chronic conditions; Can be life-threatening. Complications more likely in the elderly, those with chronic conditions, young children and pregnant women.
Immunizations
Please note that the Department of State Health Services has implemented new (2009) immunization requirements for school age students entering the 7th grade. The new requirements are as follows:
Tdap-one booster if 5 years have passed since the last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine.
Varicella-2 doses required
 
A note about students and prescription medications...
Prescription medication can be given at school if it is deemed necessary that medication be given during school hours. Medication must be in its original container with the student's name on the prescription label. The medication must be current. A permit to administer medication must be on file and must include:
  1. Student name
  2. Name of medication
  3. Amount and time to be given
  4. Discontinue date
  5. Parent/Guardian signature
The parent's instruction for administration cannot be in conflict with the prescription label. Over-the-counter medication that is kept at school for the entire year needs to have a physician note attached and the condition specified for which the medication is needed.
Students may not self administer medication except students in athletics needing their inhaler outside of school hours. If your child needs to self administer their own inhaler, the school must have a self administration form on file. This form is signed by the parent and physician.
 
HELPFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS
 
ADHD link:
This website has really good information about ADHD: www.aap.org/healthtopics/adhd.cfm
Asthma link:
This website is great for information on asthma: www.aap.org/healthtopics/asthma.cfm
 
Coughing etiquette check out the free video clip. It's hysterically funny, yet an effective teaching tool to help keep germs at bay. Definitely worth a click!

General information/questions about your child's health:
This looks like a good website for general information/questions about your child's health: www.familydoctor.org

Information on asthma allergies are found at
www.schoolasthmaallergy.com

Information on child health issues www.kidshealth.org/kid
www.kidshealth.org/kid

The Heart Foundation (childhood heart conditions)
www.mplsheartfoundation.org/kids

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