• 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
     
     
    Christine 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.