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From the School Nurse...

Hello! My name is Nikki Wilson and I am the nurse for Yorkshire Elementary school. I have been a RN for over 20 years and I have been a school nurse since August of 2013. Please feel free to contact me with any of your student's health concerns.


Announcements




Covid-19

VA Department of Health
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

Center for Disease Control (CDC)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

National Institute of Health (NIH)  
https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO)  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Stop the Spread of Germs

According to the Center for Disease Control you can help stop the spread of disease by doing the following: 

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub .
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions   [257 KB, 2 pages] (PDF) and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).

When to keep your child home.

Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.

  1. Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning toschool. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
  3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
  4. Head injury.
  5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
  6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
  7. Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
  9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.


Medications

For prescription medications to be given at school, the PWCS Medication Authorization form must be completed by a physician and signed by parents, and the medication must be provided to school in the original container. Over the counter medications may be administered at school if a Medication Authorization form is completed and signed by the parent and the medication in brought to the school in a new unopened container.

At the right of this page are links to a number of PWCS health-related regulations which include the forms mentioned below. 

 A quick reminder Students ARE NOT allowed to carry medication to school. A parent or adult needs to bring it in to the clinic. Thank you for your cooperation.

Health Treatment Plans

If your child has a special medical need requiring consideration or treatment at school, please make us aware of it. We have Health Treatment Plans for various medical conditions including diabetes, food allergies, seizures and asthma, which must be completed by physician and signed by parents.


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Is it Cold or Flu??

The cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different types of viruses with different symptoms. Use this chart to learn the difference between the two.

Signs and Symptoms

Influenza

Cold

Symptom onset

Abrupt

Gradual

Fever

Usual; lasts 3-4 days

Rare

Aches

Usual; often severe

Slight

Chills

Fairly common

Uncommon

Fatigue, weakness

Usual

Sometimes

Sneezing

Sometimes

Common

Stuffy nose

Sometimes

Common

Sore throat

Sometimes

Common

Chest discomfort, cough

Common; can be severe

Mild to moderate; hacking cough

Headache

Common

Rare

According to the CDC, the influenza vaccine is recommended for all people over the age of 6 months. Although it is not 100% effective, it is the best way to prevent a bad case of the flu. If you think you have influenza, contact your physician right away - he may want to prescribe antiviral medications to reduce the severity and length of illness.

As always, washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth also help prevent the spread of diseases. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.