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Marcia Anderson
School Nurse
marcia.anderson@aps.edu

Nicole Slocum
Health Assistant

Phone: (505) 857-0187 
Fax: (505) 857-0188 

Head Lice

Dear Double Eagle Parents and Staff,

Per APS Policy we do not send letters out to the entire school if a student or students have head lice.  We will send a letter out to the parents in a classroom if three to four students have had lice in that classroom (with the approval of  our principal).  However, if your child has lice, it is helpful if you let his/her friends' parents know!  If you call and notify the health room, I will contact teachers who will then notify me of students "scratching!"

As always, we strive to respect confidentiality and protect students from teasing.

Thank You!
Marcia Anderson, School Nurse

Head Lice Information - APS

Steps to take if your child has head lice.

Head Lice 101

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates

Head Lice - American Academy of Pediatrics.pdf

Head Lice Resistance.pdf

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/lice

Note:  Do not use a combination shampoo/conditioner,or conditioner before using lice medicine. Do not re–wash the hair for 1–2 days after the lice medicine is removed. These measures may reduce the effectiveness of the lice medications.

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Health Insurance

Our goal is for all students to have health insurance.  If you need assistance please see the following document:

Medicaid Eligibility Flyer APS.pdf

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Illness and Injury

Please remember that if a child is ill/injured all contact to the parent should be through the health room and not by calls from the classroom.  The nurse and health room staff will notify a parent/guardian and a decision will be made regarding whether or not a child may stay at school.  Please help us by respecting decisions made by parents, nurse(s), and health assistants.

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Health Room Information

Healthy Snack Recipe Competition

 

SCHOOL-WIDE RADICALLY HEALTHY
SNACK RECIPE COMPETITION!!

 

  • Recipes and snack ideas must be turned in no later than Monday, November 27
  • Winners will be announced at the assemblies on November 28 and 29
  • Remember – no sugar and only whole grains are allowed

 

Winner of the October Competition - Grades 3-5

Tzatziki – by Lexi

2 C strained full-fat yogurt (Plain without sugar is healthy)

1 medium cucumber

4 cloves garlic, mashed to a paste

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste and a pinch of pepper

A little vinegar

Fresh dill weed, finely chopped

A few ripe olives

Serve with Pita bread (Whole grain is healthy)           

 

Winners of the October Competition - Grades K-2

Athena & Artemis Delicacy – by Elena & Katerina

“The Manna” Cretan toasts (whole grain barley small toasts                                                     

Fresh pico de gallo                     available online)

Extra virgin olive oil

Drizzle barley toasts with water to soften. Add pico de gallo on top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Allergy Season

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When cedar, juniper, elm, and other environmental allergens are in the air, we have many students with itchy eyes and runny noses here at Double Eagle.

Remind your children keep their hands away from the T-zone to help keep allergens and germs out of their eyes, noses, and mouths! 

It is best to give seasonal allergy medications at home.  Keeping these in the health room should be the last option. 

Prescription medications are kept in the health room and need a provider order.  Any over the counter medications are kept in the health room at the discretion of the RN and must have a completed parent order form.

Health Screenings

The New Mexico Department of Health provides guidelines in the State Health Manual for routine health screenings of students who are new to the school district and who are in specified grades (the specified grades are subject to change by the Department of Health). The health screenings include: 

  • Vision
Hearing
  • Dental
  • Height 
  • Weight

Students being tested for special education will be screened.

Screenings may also be requested by teachers and/or parents. Health screenings are an important assessment in detecting barriers to learning or accessing the learning environment and promoting early interventions. Health screenings are not diagnostic, if a student fails a screening, a referral will be made to your healthcare provider.

If you have any questions regarding health screenings, please contact the school nurse.  If you would like to opt your child out of health screenings you must notify the school nurse in writing annually.

If you would not like your child to have health screenings, this request must be submitted in writing to the school nurse annually.

Registration - New and Returning Students

Students must be up-to-date on immunizations while attending Double Eagle Elementary School.

Please check in with the nurse to make sure all vaccines are up-to-date when you register your student. Returning students -- please notify the nurse of any new immunizations received. 

For medical or religious immunization exemptions please have the exemption form approved by the state prior to the beginning of school in the Fall.  This form must be completed and approved by the state annually. 

https://nmhealth.org/publication/view/form/454/

If your student has any chronic illnesses that require medical procedures or medication at school, we must have the appropriate forms on file in the health room, signed by the parent and physician by the beginning of the school year.  All health forms must be updated annually.  You can stop by the health room to pick up the blank forms from the nurse, or you can print them from the APS website. Some examples of medications or procedures that need parent and physician authorization are listed below:

Asthma inhalers (including students who self-carry) -- Students must have an asthma action plan.

Epipens or diphenhydramine for allergic reactions -- Students must have an allergy action plan and special diet form for food allergies.

Medications such as ADD/ADHD medications to be given at school -- Students must have parent/provider authorization

Procedures such as urinary catheterizations or g-tube feedings -- Student must have parent/provider authorization.

Students with seizures who need emergency medication at school -- Student must have seizure medical management plan.

Diabetic students will need a diabetes medical management plan from the provider.

For more information and forms please visit the Nursing Department page at the APS website.  http://www.aps.edu/nursing/nursing-forms

If you have questions, please call or email the Double Eagle Elementary School nurse.  857-0187 ext 34404, marcia.anderson@aps.edu

 

Medication at School

If your child needs medication administered at school, please read the APS medication policy at the following link:

APS Medication Policy

Please see the APS Nursing page at the following link for up-to-date forms for medication at school:  

http://www.aps.edu/nursing/nursing-forms 

  • Physician prescribed medication orders
  • Allergy action plans - for severe allergies requiring benadryl and epipen
  • Special diet forms - for student with food allergies or special dietary needs
  • Asthma action plans
  • Other health room forms

Emergency Contacts

If a parent/guardian would like an emergency contact on their child’s health card to administer a medication, the health room must be contacted by the parent.  We must keep children safe and without speaking with a parent we do not know if the student already received a dose at home that morning.  If a parent administers a medication at school, we ask that this be done in the health room.

 

Asthma

Asthma Action Plans must be completed by a medical provider annually.  
Please plan to bring completed forms and the non-expired medication (with a prescription label and pharmacy packaging) on the first day of school.
Do not send in the medication without the medical provider completed order form.  
All forms are available on this webpage.  http://www.aps.edu/nursing/nursing-forms
 
Send me an e-mail if you have a question or concern!
 
Marcia Anderson, School Nurse
marcia.anderson@aps.edu

School Illness

Dear Double Eagle Parents,

Please discuss these illness prevention steps with your children and family members and review the APS Sick Day Guidelines below.

  1. Do not touch the T-Zone (eyes, nose, mouth)
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Cough and sneeze into your arm/sleeve
  4. Get a flu vaccination if you haven’t received one yet

APS Sick Day Guidelines:

If your child becomes ill and doesn’t feel well enough to take part in school, as parents or guardians, you should keep your child home until the symptoms improve.  This also can help to prevent the spread of the illness to others at school.  These are some of the examples of when your child should be kept home:

  • Active vomiting
  • Active diarrhea – three or more times in six hours
  • The beginning of an airway infection (cold/cough/runny nose) [This is especially important for those who are unable to manage their own body fluids]
  • Extreme tiredness and/or lack of appetite
  • Fever* with headache, body aches, earache, sore throat
  • Undiagnosed or unknown rash (a rash that has not been seen or treated by a health care provider)
  • Any of the above symptoms with fever or chills
  • Untreated skin conditions
  • If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (e.g., if your child has three doses per day ordered, then three doses must be given before the child returns to school)

If any symptoms change, worsen or don’t get better please call your health care provider.

*Your child can return to school when he or she is well enough to take part in school and has had no fever for 24 hours without medication (acetaminophen, Tylenol®, etc.).

When you have questions, please call the school nurse or health care provider for more information.

 

Today: 11/18/17