• Health Clinic

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Colleen Johns, RN,BSN,SNT
    cjohns@westerly.k12.ri.us

           401-348-2306

Announcements

  • March Announcement

    March is National Nutrition Month! Here are some links to help motivate us to eat right and stay active. “Let’s Go 5210” http://www.letsgo.org/programs/  5210 is a program promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone. Please take a few minutes to view this introduction to the program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21s8-SMOSTY# Choose my plate https://www.choosemyplate.gov/   Information on Head Lice Head lice are small insects that live on the hair and scalp of humans and feed on blood. The eggs called “nits” are white specks that look like dandruff, but cling to the hair shaft and cannot easily be dislodged or removed. Lice and Nits do not jump or fly. They usually die after being off a person for 48 hours. Some symptoms of Head Lice include: · Itching of the scalp which can be mild to intense. · Redness noted behind ears or nape of neck. Treatment: . Do not use regular shampoo. Contact your pediatrician or pharmacist to choose an effective product. . Follow directions on product; use fine tooth comb to remove nits. Use daylight. . Wash bed linens, pillows, scarfs, hats, clothing and towels in hot water and dried in hot dryer. . Use disinfectant/hot water for combs/brushes. . Put non-washable items in a plastic bag x 10 days. . Vacuum carpets/floors/furniture and vehicles. Prevention: . Check all family members, siblings, close contacts and treat as necessary. · Lice are transmitted by direct contact with the individual or in-direct contact with clothing, furniture, sharing brushes, and combs. Bring pillow/brush to sleepovers. · Classrooms will continue to be cleaned and maintained as usual including vacuuming of carpeted areas. Protocol: · No child will be excluded or allowed to miss school because of head lice/nits. . Parent contact will be made when children have been found to have lice or nits. . Students may remain in school and take bus home. . Prompt proper treatment is in the best interest of the child and their classmate

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  • January Health Update

    Hello Springbrook Families: Some healthful notes from the Health Clinic: -We are currently covering safety in health class.  Topics include fire, home, stranger, bicycle, playground, and sun and water safety.  Please review packets with your child and encourage discussion to reinforce information.  -January is here and so is the snow and cold. Please be sure to dress your child according to the weather.  The students will be allowed to play in the snow (weather permitting) only if they have full snow gear.  -We are still promoting the 5210 Program, a holistic approach to staying healthy as a family. January is National Fiber Focus Month Oatmeal Month.  Please see link to right.  “The Stomach Bug” The stomach bug is a highly contagious virus sometimes caused by the norovirus. The infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). This leads to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. The stomach bug is often called by other names, such as food poisoning and stomach flu. The stomach bug is not related to the flu, which is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Acute Gastroenteritis: . The stomach bug causes about 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.. . Symptoms: frequent diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration (call pediatrician). . Several strains of the virus exist, so you can get infected and sick many times in your life.                                                                                           . You are most contagious during active diarrhea/vomiting and first 3 days recovery.                                                                                          Prevention: . Wash your hands! Best way to stop spread of infection (all kinds!). . Keep hands away from T-Zone (mouth, nose, eyes, ears). . Avoid direct contact, sharing food, drinks and objects used by infected person. . Keep student home till eating/drinking to sustain them through an academic day and stools are forme

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  • Health Clinic Update

    Newsletter –From the School Nurse   This month in health class we will be studying the topic of staying well which is important because we need to protect our immune system (helps prevent disease).  In order to do this we need to go back to the basics.   Get plenty of sleep.  According to CDC (Center for Disease Control), Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Sleep guidelines from the CDC Age Recommended Amount of Sleep Newborns 16–18 hours a day Preschool-aged children 11–12 hours a day School-aged children At least 10 hours a day Teens 9–10 hours a day Adults (including the elderly) 7–8 hours a day     Eat a healthy diet- Just to reinforce, we should refer to the “Choose MyPlate.gov” website to help reinforce good eating habits, such as making half our plate’s fruits and vegetables and the other half whole grains and protein.  Also, to drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages.   3.)    Exercise regularly - Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. School aged children should be getting at least 60 minutes of aerobic exercise daily   Preventing the spread of Germs- Washing hands is the number one preventive measure we can take to prevent spreading germs.  We should also be conscious of sneezing or coughing into our elbow.   Good Hygiene – Students are learning the importance of keeping their bodies and home environment clean in order to prevent illness and to increase self-esteem.     Regular Visits to family physician – To include immunizations and…

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  • Healthy update

    Hello: We are currently studying Nutrition in health class.  We will teach the four food groups as recommended by the government website ChooseMyPlate.gov.  Please help to reinforce the importance of Energy in (the nutritious food we eat for the calories and energy we need to stay healthy) and Energy out (the activities and exercise we do to burn energy and calories). Also, we will continue to reinforce the 5210 “Let’s Go! Program.   Remember the basics:             5 = Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day             2 = Try to limit your screen time (phone, video games, TV, computer) to two or less hours a day aside from school work.             1 = Get at least 1 hour of physical activity a day              0 = Try not having any sugary beverages (drink mostly water and low-fat milk) Try some of these fun family activities for great indoor exercise when you can’t get outside. -Organized dance or aerobic routines (possibly videos, Wii, Xbox) -Freeze Dance – When the music stops, freeze in your pose and hold it until the music starts again. -Hoola Hoop -Follow the Leader - Add to the workout by doing energetic movements like jumping jacks, stomping and squatting. Remember to drink plenty of water. Kimberly Plante,…

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  • Health Clinic Update

    Healthy Habits are the key to Wellness  Hello Families of Springbrook Elementary: The students are currently learning Personal Hygiene and Body systems. Please Help us to reinforce that “Feeling clean can increase Self-Esteem”.  Also, please check Friday backpacks for important information about the 5210 Program.  5210 is a program promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone.  Please take a few minutes to view this introduction to the program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21s8-SMOSTY# Begin with small changes for a healthy body and mind! Thank you for helping keeping our students safe and healthy. Kimberly Plante, School Nurse…

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  • October update

    Hello Springbrook Families: The start of the school year health classes are Playground Safety and Bucket Filling.  Please talk with your child and ask them to share material about being Bucket Filler (Being nice to others) and being safe on the playground. My goal is to keep our students as healthy as possible this school year.  Our next lesson in Health is the single most important way to prevent the spread of germs, handwashing.   Also, upcoming topics will include body hygiene and body systems, nutrition and dental hygiene.  Please try to reinforce these topics at home by reviewing their health…

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  • Announcements

    Hello: The annual Hearing screen for grades K-3 by the Rhode Island School of the Deaf will be on 9/19/16.  This is a Rhode Island school Regulation.  It is quick and easy and informative.  If your child has a problem, you will be notified.                 Springbrook Flu Clinic is on Tuesday, October 11 from 4-6 pm. Clinic is for ages 3 and up. Although insurance information will be collected, there is no out of pocket cost for ANYONE regardless of whether or not they have health…

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  • Welcome Back!

    Hello Springbrook families. I hope everyone enjoyed their summer.  It is time to start thinking about our first days of school. Please contact me with any new health/allergy/medication information for your child. I will be in school starting in the afternoon on September 1, 2016. Also please see the link below on head lice. I look forward to a happy, healthy school…

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  • End of Year Greetings From your School Nurse

    Students Who Have Medication at School Students who have prescription medication at school need to have a parent pick them up on the last day of school. If your child is allowed to carry their inhaler or Epi Pen, they can carry them home in their backpack.  Please look in their backpacks for them when they get home. If you have any questions, please email or call me. Thank You Kim Plante, RN, SNT 348-2306  As the hot days approach we should think about Sun Smarts:  Too much sun and high temperatures can be unhealthy.  We should all be able to enjoy our favorite summer fun activities if we just follow some simple tips.   ·         Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it's best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it's happened. ·         Cover up. Clothing that covers your child's skin helps protect against UV rays. Although a long-sleeved shirt and long pants with a tight weave are best, they aren't always practical. A T-shirt, long shorts, or a beach cover-up are good choices, too. ·         Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don't protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen. ·         Carry a water bottle to prevent dehydration Children are at higher risk of dehydration because their bodies use more water.  ·         Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside and reapply after your child swims or exercises. Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child before school as we will be enjoying more outdoor activities.   We will continue to cover safety in health classes. Enjoy a safe, healthy and happy summer! Kimberly Plante, School N

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  • Staying Well

    This month in health class we will be studying the topic of staying well which is important because we need to protect our immune system (helps prevent disease).  In order to do this we need to go back to the basics.   Get plenty of sleep.  According to CDC (Center for Disease Control), Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Sleep guidelines from the CDC Age Recommended Amount of Sleep Newborns 16–18 hours a day Preschool-aged children 11–12 hours a day School-aged children At least 10 hours a day Teens 9–10 hours a day Adults (including the elderly) 7–8 hours a day     Eat a healthful diet- Just to reinforce, we should refer to the “Choose MyPlate.gov” website to help reinforce good eating habits, such as making half our plate’s fruits and vegetables and the other half whole grains and protein.  Also, to drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages. Exercise regularly - Regular physical activity  helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces  your risk for many chronic diseases.  School aged children should be getting at least 60 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. Preventing the spread of Germs- Washing hands is the number one preventive measure we can take to prevent spreading germs.  We should also be conscious of sneezing or coughing into our…

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  • January Update

    Hello: We are currently studying Nutrition in health class.  We will teach the four food groups as recommended by the government website ChooseMyPlate.gov.  Please help to reinforce the importance of Energy in (the nutritious food we eat for the calories and energy we need to stay healthy) and Energy out (the activities and exercise we do to burn energy and calories). Try some of these fun family activities for great indoor exercise when you can’t get outside. -Organized dance or aerobic routines (possibly videos, Wii, Xbox) -Freeze Dance – When the music stops, freeze in your pose and hold it until the music starts again. -Hoola Hoop -Follow the Leader - Add to the workout by doing energetic movements like jumping jacks, stomping and squatting. Remember to drink plenty of water. Kimberly Plante,…

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  • Handwashing Lesson

    Welcome back Springbrook Families: My goal is to keep our students as healthy as possible this school year.  Our first lesson in Health is the single most important way to prevent the spread of germs.  Please try to reinforce the following steps at home: Henry the Hand washer says follow these 5 steps: Wet hands Soap up Scrub up (for 20 seconds, sing to your favorite song) Rinse off Dry off The most important times to wash hands are: Before eating After using the bathroom After coughing After Sneezing. If you don’t have tissue available, sneeze or cough into your…

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  • Flu Clinics 2015/2016

    Communities in Rhode Island are once again hosting free flu vaccination clinics. Click here to see all the clinics being offered in the state. The list is organized alphabetically, so you can find school or community locations that are convenient for you. Click on the register link on that page to register for the specific clinic you plan to attend. Clinic dates at Westerly Public School are as follows:   Bradford Elementary School: October 7, 2015 from 3:15-6:00 p.m. Dunn’s Corners School: October 22, 2015 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Springbrook Elementary School: November 12, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. State Street School: October 20, 2015 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Westerly High School: October 16, 2015 from 6:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Westerly Middle School: September 28, 2015 from 2:30-6:00 p.m.   School flu vaccination clinics are organized for students in kindergarten through grade 12. There is no out-of-pocket charge to be vaccinated. Insurance information will be collected from people who are insured. However, no one will be turned away for a lack of insurance.   Clinics for high school students are during the school day. Clinics for younger children are in the evening. Most evening clinics are open to family and community…

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  • A letter from your School Nurse Teacher

    A letter from your School Nurse Teacher – School Year 2015/2016 Dear Parents, Your School Nurse Teacher has come up with some helpful guidelines that help you to know whether your child should stay home from school; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these three quick questions: Does your child have a fever? Is your child well enough to engage in class? Do you think your child is contagious (such as pinkeye or strep throat) So when should I keep them home?  A general guide is helpful, although when in question, or if your child has not seen his/her doctor, please call your SCHOOL NURSE. Fever is the body's way of destroying the germs making it sick, and it's a common symptom of infections such as flu. Keep your children home if their temperature is 101° F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free without Tylenol or Motrin before letting them return to school. Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics. Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated. Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Keep children home if they've vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. They can return to school after symptoms clear up or your doctor says they're no longer contagious. Mild cold or respiratory symptoms are no reason to keep children at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild.  Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies.  If the cough is mild, you may send in cough drops with a note to the nurse.  If they have an inhaler, a doctor’s order must accompany the inhaler to school. Sore throats can be

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  • Kindergarten Immunization Checklist

    The following is a checklist for parents of incoming Grade K students:  Physical Exam done within the last 12 months. Lead Test Vision exam (done by physician) DTAP immunization (5 doses) Polio immunization (4 doses) Hepatitis B immunization (3 doses) MMR immunization (2 doses) Varicella immunization (2 doses) or written proof prom physician that your child has had chickenpox If your child is exempt from immunizations, please see me to sign a medical/religious exemption form. Thank…

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  • Johns, Colleen

    Business:  401-348-2306
    Email:  cjohns@westerly.k12.ri.us