Greetings and Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year

I trust that you and your family have had a restful summer and are ready for the excitement and challenges of a new year! I look forward to another year as the School Nurse for Aquinas College, coordinating health care/concerns for all Aquinas’ students. Phone contact for my office is 242-361-1595, Ext. 7015. Email is jcates@cec.edu.bs

Throughout the year, I will send out various communication/information as needed. There are a few items that I will address at the onset of the new year:

  1. Students that require medication during school hours are to bring the medication to the Nurse’s office in a pharmacy-labeled container, which must include Dr.’s name, student’s name, drug, time to be given, and dosage to be given. This applies to all students with rescue Ventolin inhalers as well. Please remember to bring in a new inhaler for the new year. These medications are kept in the Health office for the student’s use.
  2. Various over-the-counter medications are available in the Health Office and will be dispensed only with a signed consent form. This was signed upon entrance into Aquinas College and remains on file. If your child’s medical information changes at any time after this has been submitted, please contact me so that the form on file can be updated. Also, any changes to your child’s medical status, including immunizations, should be sent to me so their medical file here can be updated.
  3.  would like to encourage everyone to stay healthy as we begin this new year! Let us Eat well, Rest well, Keep Hydrated, and practice Good Hand Hygiene. Studies have shown that absenteeism due to illness can be reduced with good hand-washing. Let us teach, model, and encourage our kids to wash their hands frequently and especially after coughing, sneezing, before and after meals, and after bathroom use.

GENERAL TIPS FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND SICKNESS

Students should not attend school if:

  • The student has a temperature. The student may return to school after having a normal temperature for 24 hours while not taking any fever reducing medications (ex. Tylenol or Motrin).
  • Antibiotics are prescribed. The student may return to school after taking the antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours and without a temperature over 100 degrees F for 24 hours while not taking any fever reducing medications.
  • They seem tired, pale, with little appetite, and generally “not him/herself”.
  • The student is vomiting. The student may return to school 24 hours after symptoms resolve, and is able to tolerate a normal diet.
  • The student has diarrhea. The student may return to school 24 hours after symptoms resolve, and is able to tolerate a normal diet.
  • The student is diagnosed with a contagious disease or condition. (For example, Strep Throat, Pink Eye, chicken pox (Varicella), impetigo, scabies. Please contact your school nurse before sending your child back to school.
  • The student has an undiagnosed rash. A rash may be indicative of many things, frequently of illnesses that are contagious. Therefore, a student will be excluded from school until a physician evaluates and determines the nature and contagiousness of the rash. A note is required from the physician upon return to school.
  • The student has severe cold symptoms, a persistent cough, a runny nose that they cannot manage by themselves &/or contain with tissues, or other symptoms that would interfere with effective school participation.

With viral illnesses it may take longer before your child is well enough to return to school.

A note from the physician may be required before returning to school based on the diagnosis of a communicable disease, hospitalization or illness. Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns regarding the health status of your child.

Looking Forward to Working Together!