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Letter to Parents : Incoming Students

 

A Letter From Your School Nurse: 

 

Welcome to State Street Elementary School! We are so excited to meet your child! 

Please see below for important information regarding your child beginning school. 

 


 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR YOUR STUDENT TO BEGIN KINDERGARTEN 

The Rhode Island Department of Health requires all children entering kindergarten to be up to date on immunizations.  This includes:

  • 5 doses of  DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine

  • 4 doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (not routinely given to healthy children 5 years of age and older) 

  • 4 doses of Polio vaccine

  • 3 doses of Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) vaccine 

  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine 

  • 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine 

  • 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine 

  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine 

A copy of your child's physical examination, conducted in the 12 months preceding the date of school entry, or completed within 6 months after entering school, is also required.  

 

If your child is missing any of the above, please contact your pediatrician to schedule an appointment prior to the start of the school year and notify me by email.

 


 

LEAD SCREENINGS

According to RIDOH, all children entering kindergarten are required to provide documentation of lead screening prior to school entry. 

 


 

VISION SCREENINGS 

 According to state law, all children entering kindergarten are required to provide documentation of a vision screening prior to school entry. It can be performed by a physician during a regular well visit or by an eye doctor. 

 


 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Any parent whose child has a medical condition which may affect them while at school should relay this information directly to the nurse, including but not limited to asthma, diabetes, adhd, add, seizure disorder, anaphylactic allergies, etc.  

 


 

MEDICATION

If your child requires any scheduled or “as needed” medication throughout the school day please reach out to the nurse.  We will schedule a time for medication and doctors order drop off.  Students may not carry any medication (prescribed or over the counter) in their backpack without a doctor's order and parent signature.  If your student requires cough drops at any point in time during the school year please send in a note authorizing their use and the cough drops will remain in the nurse's office.  

 


 

ILLNESS

  • 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 they have a temperature. The Department of Health recommends that you wait 24 hours until children are fever-free without Tylenol or Motrin before letting them return to school.

 

  • Vomiting/Diarrhea Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. 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  should keep children at home to monitor symptoms. 

 

  • Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions such as  whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies.   If they have an inhaler, a doctor’s order must accompany the inhaler to school.

 

  • Sore throats:  If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics or according to your physician's note.

 

  • Earaches aren't contagious. There's no need to keep a child with a mild earache at home, as long as your child feels well enough to concentrate in class.

 


 

Thank you,
Christina McLeod, RN, CSNT

cmcleod@westerly.k12.ri.us

State Street Elementary School 

(401) 348-2340 ext. 5153


For all health and medical related  forms please see the health clinic website: https://www.westerly.k12.ri.us/Domain/649