September 2016

September 2016
Posted on 09/08/2016

Dear Parent/s: 

Welcome to Wicoff!  Let us share a common goal - to make this a safe and healthy year for our children.  You can contribute to this by:

l.    Assessing your child's wellness prior to the school day.  Learning is not fully accomplished when your child is not feeling well and consideration must be taken for the well-being of the other children.

2.   Maintaining a comfortable environment for your child is also important.  For example, layering of clothing will allow your child to adjust their attire to changing temperatures throughout the day.

3.   Good nutrition begins at home.  Providing healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables instead of candy, cakes and cookies, leads to building proper eating habits which will help your child throughout his/her growing years.

4.   Medication Policy - If any medication must be administered to a student during school hours, it MUST be submitted under the following conditions to the nurse.

      a. The approved school district form (available in the school nurse’s office and on line at ww-p.org) for the “Administration of Medication in School” must be completed by the student’s physician, and signed by the parent.

      b. The form and the container with the pharmacist’s label designating patient’s name, instructions, name of drug and name of physician must be given to the nurse by the parent. Please do not send any medicine to school with your child.

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Back-to-School Reminder:

Lice outbreaks commonly increase when children come together in social groups.  Now that the children are back in school and other community activities, it is time for you to periodically check your child’s head for lice.  This is the best preventative measure to curtail lice infestation.

•    When checking:

      It helps to use a magnifying glass and natural daylight.  Divide the hair in sections and fasten off the portion of hair that is not being examined at the time.  Closely examine hair nearer the scalp.  Lice may be hard to locate, so look for small, grayish-white or yellowish-white eggs (nits) attached to the hair.  These nits can sometimes be mistaken for dandruff, but they cannot be easily brushed or blown away

•    If lice or nits are found:

      -    Contact your physician for a recommended treatment.  Treatment instructions should be strictly followed.

      -    Examine all family members daily for at least two weeks.

      -    Notify school nurse immediately (This information will remain confidential).  Inspection of classmates and friends will help to prevent further spread of lice.

      -    Notify close personal contacts.

Because lice outbreaks are common among school children and even the cleanest child can easily become infested, parents are encouraged to make checking for head lice a part of routine hygiene.  A cooperative effort between home and school will enhance efforts to control the spread of head lice in our community.

I am looking forward to working with your children.  By working together, we can assure the best physical, mental and emotional health of our children.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 716-5450 x5452.

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