Schools are great breading grounds for ALL kinds of germs.
Please discuss the following with your child to help decrease the spread of germs:
HAND WASHING (wet hands, soap, scrub, rinse, dry)
COVERING nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
DO NOT SHARE food, hair accessories/items
PLENTY OF SLEEP/rest
STAY home when sick (fever, vomiting, not school ready)
GIVE KIDS A SMILE!: Every February dentists throughout NJ offer free dental care for children 12 and under. This year it will be held on Friday, February 3rd. Visit www.njda.org for more information. You must find a participating dentist and call for an appointment. This is a very popular service and books early so call ASAP. Give Kids a Smile is meant to help children who cannot otherwise afford to see a dentist.
5th graders moving up to 6th grade:
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has mandated that children born after January 1997 and entering the 6th Grade in September will be required to receive a booster dose of the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis vaccine as well as one dose of Meningococcal vaccine.
Documentation of your child receiving these two immunizations must be received from their primary care provider or clinic by June 1st. Students without proof of receiving these immunizations will not be admitted to 6th Grade in September. If your child’s doctor/clinic will not administer one or both vaccines until your child is 11years old and his/her birthday is in the Summer or Fall, an appointment date must be provided to the School Nurse.
Cold and Flu Season
- Discuss/re-enforce frequent hand washing
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
- KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME if they had a fever within 24 hours of a school day (without medication)
- KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME if they vomited within 24 hours of a school day
- If your child has severe cold/flu symptoms with fever and you are able to take them to a doctor for flu testing, please do so. Early diagnosis and taking medication can help. If you have sick family members, do not share utensils, food, beds, etc.
- CONSIDER FLU VACCINATION!
Head lice seems to show up several times a year. Lice DO NOT jump, hop or fly. They spread by DIRECT contact from person to person. ANYONE can get head lice, no matter how clean.
To minimize spread:
- DO NOT share hair brushes, accessories, head phones.
- DO NOT share clothing, head wear, sports helmets.
- DO use your own pillow, blanket, mat for sleep overs.
- Pull back long hair.
- Routinely check your child's head for lice &/or nits.
- PLEASE report cases to the school nurse.
Your child will be sent home from school if they are found to have live head lice. A written note stating that treatment was done and al all clear scalp check by the nurse is needed to return. A second treatment is recommended 8-14 days after the first (please follow all product instructions). Nits (lice eggs) should be removed as soon as possible.
- Medication is only given in school after the school medication form is completed by both the physician and parent/guardian. Forms can be downloaded from Sherman Schools website under school information, nurse.
- If a student is excused from gym for medical reasons, they will also be excused from recess.
- Cough drops are allowed if written permission is on file. Please discuss with your child they are not to be used like candy, to be allowed no more often than every 2 hours. NO running as they are a choking hazard.
- Stitches, glue, casts, splints, slings, ace wraps, crutches are medical devices prescribed for specific medical injuries and require a written doctors note with instructions for use.
- HAND WASHING is the #1 way to stop the spread of germs. Please reinforce proper hand washing: wet hands, apply soap, lather for 20-30 seconds (sing the ABC song or Happy Birthday 2 times), rinse, dry.
- Instruct/reinforce covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Turn head to side and cough/sneeze into arm/shoulder sleeve, use a tissue and toss it, use hands and wash hands after.
- Remember to call the school when your child is absent. State the reason your child is out as reports are kept (fever, flu, Strep).
All 4th grade students will be screened for scoliosis in the spring. You will be notified of the specific day. If you wish to be present or opt your child out of the screening call the nurse before the scheduled date.
Fourth grade boys and girls will be separated and instructed in the human development portion of the Family Life curriculum. This usually takes place in April or May and you will be notified of the scheduled day.
ABSENCES: Please call the school when your child is absent. Give reason please (fever, Strep., flu, stomach virus, etx.)
Make sure to update any EMERGENCY CONTACT information with the nurse and main office.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Nancy L. Merwede RN, BSN, CSN, MSN
908-245-1886 ext 6105