Welcome to the Beatrice
Gilmore School Nurse’s
Annual Screenings will begin mid-
Fall 2011 Edition October, early November. I will send
home information on your child if there is an area to
Wendy Madonia R.N. address. Heights, weights, blood pressures, hearing
and vision will be reviewed. 4th graders should get
their physicals during this school year, by their
pediatricians. Kindly provide me a copy of the
physical form so that I can keep your child’s records
Pi nk Eye : U suall y Mil d and Easy t o Treat updated. The School physician will also be available
to do physicals on students in the school, if you
Pink, itchy eyes? Conjunctivitis – or pink eye – is choose. Just mark appropriate box on physical form
common in adults and children. It sometimes needs that is sent home. Take note that the school
medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the physician does not give needed immunizations. That
symptoms, get treatment if needed, and prevent it needs to be done by your private doctor.
Conjunctivitis is also known as pink eye. It is one of the most is important to see a health care provider and get an antibiotic
common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults. It or other medical treatment. See Conjunctivitis Treatment.
is an inflammation of the thin, clear lining inside the eyelid and
on the white of the eye. This inflammation gives the eye a pink H o w D o I S t o p C o n j u nc t i v i t i s f ro m S p r e ad i n g ?
or reddish color.
Conjunctivitis that is caused by allergens or irritants is not
contagious, but a secondary infection by viruses or bacteria is
W h a t C a u s e s Co n j u n ct i v i t i s ? possible. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious
Conjunctivitis is caused by viruses, bacteria, allergens (like pet and spread easily and quickly from person to person. By
dander or dust mites), and irritants (like smog or swimming following some simple self-care steps, like washing your hands
pool chlorine) that infect or irritate the eye and eyelid lining. and not touching your eyes, you can reduce the risk of getting
or spreading conjunctivitis. See Prevention.
W h a t A r e t h e S y m p t om s o f C o n j u nc t i v i t i s ?
Depending on the cause, the signs and symptoms for conjunctivitis W h e n S h o u l d I C a l l a H e a l t h C a r e P r o v i d er ?
may vary, but they usually include— If you have conjunctivitis, you should see your health care provider if
*Redness or swelling of the white of the eye or inside the eyelid you have—
*Increased amount of tears *Moderate to severe pain in your eye(s)
*White, yellow or green eye discharge *Blurred vision or increased sensitivity to light
*Itchy eyes *Intense redness in the eye(s)
*Burning eyes *A weakened immune system, for example, from HIV or cancer
*Increased sensitivity to light treatment
*Gritty feeling in the eye *Bacterial conjunctivitis that does not improve after 24 hours of
*Crusting of eyelids or lashes antibiotic use
*Symptoms persist or get worse
How Is Conjunctivitis Treated? http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Conjunctivitis
The treatment for conjunctivitis depends on the cause.
Conjunctivitis is usually mild and will often get better on its
own, even without treatment. However, there are times when it A notice went home with your child recently with information
on Head Lice. This was to help increase your head lice
awareness so that you may take steps at home to help
prevent your child from becoming infested with head lice. Any
time children come together, particularly at the start of the
Be sure to get the special school year or any social groupings, head lice cases commonly
concern forms that were increase. Please encourage your child not to share or trade
sent home with each personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, headbands,
student, back to me ASAP. barrettes, as well as helmets or headphones with foam ear
Fill it out completely with protectors.
contact numbers, medication Check Regularly-Treat Quickly
needs and allergies. This Help Keep Head Lice Off Your Child
form will help provide me For more information regarding head lice or its treatment,
with information I need to
please feel free to contact the school health office or your
take the best care of your
child. local health department. Thank you for your help and support
Just a reminder that we have several students throughout our school that suffer from severe allergies, most of
which are related to Peanuts. A child with a nut allergy can suffer a serious reaction merely by touching a
food containing a peanut or tree nut. Therefore, we ask that you adhere to the following safety
Please do not send in any peanuts, peanut butter or foods containing peanuts or peanut
butter to be eaten in the classroom.
Please do not send in any tree nuts or foods containing tree nuts. Examples of common tree
nuts include almond, Brazil nut, cashew, chestnut, filbert, hazelnut, macadamia nut, pecan, pine
nut (pignoli), pistachio, and walnut.
Read ingredient labels carefully to ensure that the snack you send with your child to school is
peanut and tree nut-free.
If your child ate foods containing nuts before school, please have your child wash his/her hands
with soap and water before leaving for school.
I trust that you understand how important it is to respect and adhere to these guidelines. Please do
not hesitate to contact me if any have any questions or concerns about food allergy issues.
How do I make my child feel better?
-make sure your child gets plenty of rest and put limits on TV
Sick day guidelines -encourage fluids; like water, soup, juice & ice.
-help your child relax by reading him a story & giving plenty of TLC
Consider keeping your child home if he or she: -consider using a cool humidifier
-when used as directed, children’s cough & cold medicines help relieve
*Has a fever of 99.8 degrees or higher cough & cold symptoms while your child is getting better. Read and
*has been vomiting follow directions carefully and the exact recommended dose for the
*has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, child’s age. Do not use over the counter cough and cold medications
such as: for children under the age of four in the U.S
-excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
-productive coughing, sneezing Visit NASN.com for more information.
-headache, body aches, earache
If you’re unsure about the best way to treat your child’s cold or flu, ask
your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare provider
Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours
without medication. Returning to school too soon may slow the
recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child,
Every student can learn, just
please contact my office at 973.317.7744 or email me at not on the same day, or the
firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit our district website
www.wpschools.org to obtain the latest information and forms same way. ~George Evans
that are available, just a click away.
DID YOU REMEMBER TO CALL YOUR CHILD OUT SICK or OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE DAY? Dial 973 317-7744 to leave message 24hr/day
to let us know your child’s reason for being absent. Avoid needless follow up calls by making your calls right away. Your cooperation is appreciated!
Here’s to a great school year!!