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What to Do About Lice!Posted by Meg Egan on 12/1/2020
Lice infestations may occur in any age group, but it is more common among elementary school children. It is not considered to be a health-risk or a disease. It is usually passed from person to person by direct head contact, but can also be spread through shared objects (combs, clothing, barrettes, hats, etc.). Sharing or exchanging of these items should be discouraged. The most common symptom of infestation is intense itching on the back of the head or neck. Students may be checked at school for the presence of lice if symptoms are present or students arriving from travel outside the country. We encourage parents to learn about head lice and check their children regularly for the presence of live lice and nits. This is the best way to detect head lice throughout the year. Identification and treatment for lice is a parent responsibility. Routine school screenings will not be done. Students identified as having signs of head lice are not allowed in school until they are louse-free and have received appropriate treatment. Please inform the school when head lice are detected, so that the School Nurse can work with you to ensure all treatment measures are implemented and your child is lice-free. Students will need to be seen by the School Nurse following lice treatment prior to admittance into school and subsequently after the second treatment. If the presence of lice and nits are identified, please follow the steps below to take care of the problem.
- Check every member of the family. Lice are hard to spot, so look for tiny white eggs (nits) on hair shafts, near the scalp, especially at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Head lice are small, wingless, grayish-tan insects. They cannot fly or jump. A bright light is essential for observation and a magnifying glass is helpful. Only treat family members with lice or nits found in their hair. The school nurse can help you identify lice or nits in your child’s hair. Please inform your child’s close friends.
- Use an effective head lice medicine, also called pediculicide, according to label instructions. Nix or Rid are common treatments found at the pharmacy. Read the entire instructions before using. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about the medicine. Do not shampoo for 1-2 days after using the treatment.
- Remove all nits. This is a very important and necessary step. Gently comb the child’s hair with the special nit removal comb. The combs that are provided with most lice treatment products are plastic and do not work as well on removing nits. Purchase a comb with metal-tines that is available at many pharmacies. A few days after the shampoo, you can also use hair conditioner or olive oil to help remove the nits. Lather hair with white conditioner, let sit for 15 minutes, and use the metal-tined comb to gently remove the nits. All nits should be removed. Every 2-3 days, check for and remove any nits found.
- Head lice die very quickly once off the human head. However, the following 3 steps are used as an extra precaution. Wash clothes, bed linens, and towels. Use hot water, and then dry on the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes. Items such as stuffed animals, headphones and hats that are not machine washable must be dry-cleaned or stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed plastic bag for at least 2 weeks.
- Soak combs, brushes, etc., in hot, soapy water for at least 10 minutes.
- Vacuum everywhere. To make sure the rest of your home is louse-free; you should vacuum carpets, pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, even car seats. Do not use lice sprays. They can be dangerous and are not effective.
For more information regarding lice and treatments, check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov or Kids Health website at www.kidshealth.org. A fun video for the whole family to watch is on www.youtube.com. Search for “Head Lice to Dead Lice”.
Once your child has been sent home with head lice, all treatment measures should be followed to treat the lice and prevent against re-infestation. On the following day, the child must report first to the office and then be rechecked by the School Nurse prior to admittance into school. We then request that the parent carefully monitor the child every 2-3 days and to re-treat their child after 9-10 days. The Nurse will rescreen all children infested with lice after the second treatment. Continue to check for 3-4 weeks after the second treatment to make sure all lice and nits are gone.
Please do not hesitate to call the School Nurse if you have any questions. The school nurse will work with you to ensure your child will be lice-free. Lice can be eliminated if you are informed and persistent.
Happy Holidays, and Have a Healthy and Safe Winter Break!Posted by Meg Egan on 12/1/2020
Here's wishing you a very happy holiday season. Stay healthy by making sure to wash hands well, eat healthy foods, get a good night's sleep, and keep those coughs covered! Stay safe by driving cautiously during winter weather, bundling up to stay warm and dry, monitoring children during busy holiday parties, and staying safe from fires. To learn more about staying healthy and safe during this holiday season, visit the Centers for Disease Control website here.
Pre-K Hearing and Vision ScreeningPosted by Meg Egan on 11/2/2020
Vision and hearing screenings will take place for all Pre-Kindergarten students on November 6th-8th. Vision screening is mandated for these students.
Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an eye examination has been administered within the previous 12 months. A copy of the eye examination needs to be on file in the school’s health office.I will screen the students and, if necessary, do a second screening. If a student fails the screenings, a letter will be sent home requesting a doctor evaluation.
Is My Child Too Sick for School?Posted by Meg Egan on 10/1/2020
It's sometimes hard to know first thing in the morning, if your child is well enough to attend school. Look through our school's policy on when to keep your child home here. This article from Consumer Reports also has great tips. If your child is not feeling well enough to attend school, please call the front office (847/675-8235) to let the nurse know he/she will be absent. Thanks!
Hearing and Vision ScreeningPosted by Meg Egan on 10/1/2020
Vision and hearing screenings will take place for all Kindergarten through 2nd grade students mid October.
Vision screening is mandated for the following students: Pre-Kindergarten, Second Grade, Transfer Students, Special Needs, and Teacher Referrals. Hearing screenings will also be done for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Transfer Students, Special Needs, and Teacher Referrals.
Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an eye examination has been administered within the previous 12 months. A copy of the eye examination needs to be on file in the school’s health office. All Kindergarten students are required to have a complete, professional eye examination. These forms were due October 15th. If you haven’t yet turned in your Kindergarten student’s eye exam form, please do so now.
If a vision examination report is not on file in the health office, your child will be screened if he/she is required by the State of Illinois.
I will screen the students and, if necessary, do a second screening. If a student fails the screenings, a letter will be sent home requesting a doctor evaluation.
All Pre-Kindergarten students will be screened in November.
Medical Forms Due Thursday, October 15th!Posted by Meg Egan on 10/1/2020
The State of Illinois requires that school children have health examinations and immunizations in compliance with rules and regulations set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Forms need to be turned in before October 15th, or your child will not be allowed to attend school until proof of compliance. Please check your child's backpack and homework folder to see if the nurse has asked for more health information from your child. If you have any questions, please give me a call: 847-745-3732. Forms can also be faxed to 847-675-9378.
Importance of HandwashingPosted by Munhi Sohn on 9/8/2020
The best way to keep healthy during cold and flu season is to FIGHT GERMS by WASHING YOUR HANDS!
According to CDC...Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself vaccine!
Effective hand washing involves five simple and effective step:
Regular hand washing, before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Remember to lather for 20 seconds!
KidsHealth Why do I need to wash my hands?
Check out the CDC website for more information and helpful tips at https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
COVID-19Posted by Munhi Sohn on 9/1/2020
What is Coronavirus COVID-19
This is a new type of coronavirus that began at the end of 2019. The virus spreads easily and has affected people in many countries. It spreads when an infected person sneezes or coughs which sends tiny droplets into the air and enters through our nose, mouth, eyes, or it may be breathed in. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Some people carry the virus without having any symptoms. Researchers are working on medicines and vaccine for this new coronavirus. In the meantime, it is important to keep the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to this virus.
- Clean your hands often (remember to wash with soap at least 20 seconds)
- Avoid close contact
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
During this time, it is important to keep healthy routines.
- Practice structure by keeping your usual wake up and sleep times.
- Timely meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Set aside the same time of the day every day for remote learning.
- Exercise and be active.
- Help out with chores.
- Stay connected with friends (online/telephone social time)
- Stay positive!
- Worn at all times except while eating or while outside and able to maintain physical spacing
- Worn on the bus if student is utilizing district transportation
- Students are expected to wear a clean mask every day
- Face masks are not to be shared
- May wear face mask and face shield if preferable
- Students may remove facemasks outside when they reach their outdoor learning space, and prompted by the teacher
- No gator masks (masks are to be multi-layered covering)
I hope that everyoe continues to stay calm and keep things simple
Happy Beginning of the School Year from the Health Office!Posted by TH Nurse on 8/17/2020
All medical forms are due now. New Pre-Kindergarteners, Kindergarteners, and new students need a recent physical and immunizations. Kindergartners need a professional eye and dental exam. All 2nd graders need a dental exam. If your child has a severe food allergy, asthma, diabetes, or a seizure disorder requiring medication, please fill out these forms as well with your child’s doctor. All medical forms can be downloaded from the Lincolnwood School District 74 website.
Please remember to call the school every day your child will be absent from school.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Welcome back everybody!
Reminders from the Health OfficePosted by TH Nurse on 8/17/2020
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child's health issues with me, please me at (847) 745-3732.
1) Please keep sick children home. When Should a Child Stay Home? If the child exhibits any of the following:
- contagious disease (let the school office know)
- fever (temperature of 99.7 degrees or above).
- incessant or deep cough
- red eye(s) with discharge and/or crusting on lashes and/or itching or pain
- unexplained rash
- obvious signs that your child cannot comfortably participate in class activities (even without a fever)
Symptoms should be absent for twenty-four hours before the student returns to school (fever-free without medication) and a physician’s note may be required. The student must remain home for 24 hours after vomiting and/or able to eat two regular meals without nausea or vomiting. Diarrhea should also be absent for 24 hours before your child returns to school.
2) Children need breakfast every morning. They go 10-12 hours without eating. It is important to get their bodies and brains going by feeding them a healthy breakfast. Children learn better and feel better with something in their tummies. Children who do not have breakfast have trouble learning and participating in class activities. Start the day right!
3) Please call the Health Office every day your child is absent from school at (847) 745-3732.
4) All medical forms are due now. New Pre-Kindergarteners, Kindergarteners, and new students need a recent physical and immunizations. Kindergarteners also need a professional eye and dental exam. Second graders also need a dental exam. If your child has a severe food allergy, asthma, diabetes, or a seizure disorder requiring medication, please fill out these forms as well with your child’s doctor. All medical forms can be downloaded from the Lincolnwood School District 74 website.
5) Please check your child regularly for lice. If you need information about lice and how to check your child’s head, visit cdc.gov or www.youtube.com and search for “Head Lice to Dead Lice”. After summer and winter vacations are the times when head lice are more common.
Thanks and have a great school year!