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INFORMATION FROM NURSE MULVEY

Help us keep Hunters Creek Elementary healthy! To maintain a safe environment here at HCE, I ask that you do the following: 

HCE VIRTUAL HEALTH FAIR
Hunters Creek Elementary's Coordinated School Health Advisory Council (CSHAC)  would like to introduce you to HCE's Virtual Health Fair. The Virtual Health Fair allows parents to visit websites and introduce active community resources to help improve the health of their families.  Click on the link below and then use the access code: HCE Health Fair. 

 Access code: HCE Health Fair

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Please update your emergency cards with any change of address, phone, cell and/or work numbers as necessary. You can do this by sending a note, an e-mail or calling the front office.
When going out of town, please send a note to the teacher or to the front office with a name and a number of who will be responsible for your child/children. This is important in case a child becomes ill. To maintain a healthy environment, if your child exhibits any of the following characteristics, it is strongly recommended to keep your child at home. 
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea during the night or the morning of school.  
  • Temperature of 101 degrees or above during the night or morning of school. A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness. 
  • Conjunctivitis: Eye/eyes are red, tearing, painful, swollen eyelids,crusting. Child may return to school after treatment has begun.  
  • Streptococcal sore throat and scarlet fever: Child may return to school after 24 hours from date antibiotic treatment begun. Thank you for your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call or email 713-251-6000 or mercedes.mulvey@springbranchisd.com
 
MEDICINES AT SCHOOL
All prescription and non-prescription medication must be kept in the health clinic - and must be registered with the nurse - when a student arrives on campus. Medication will be administered to students only when the medication is necessary for the student to complete the school day. Medication prescribed for three times a day can be administered at home. Prescription medication may only be administered when a signed, written request with complete dosage instructions has been received from a physician or dentist licensed to practice in the United States and the parent/guardian. Prescription medication must be provided by the parent/guardian in the original container appropriately labeled with complete dosage instructions from a recognized pharmacy or physician. Non-prescription medication appropriate for the child's age may be administered when a signed, written request with dosage instructions has been received from the parent/guardian. Non-prescription medication must be provided by the parent/guardian in the original container with the original label of dosage instructions appropriate for the child's age.** OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION MUST BE CHILDREN'S OR JUNIOR STRENGTH** 
 
 
USE OF INSECT REPELLANT
If you wish to do so, you are encouraged to apply mosquito repellant before your child comes to school. If not, you must complete the permission form related to the administration of mosquito repellent. We prefer the repellant to be lotion or pump spray bottle. No aerosol. If your child needs to apply repellent at school, please sign and return the attached form to the nurse's office. Mosquito Repellent Release 
 
COLD OR THE FLU
How to Tell the Difference: The cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different types of viruses. Flu symptoms usually come on quickly (within 3-6 hours) and consist of a fever, body aches, dry cough, and extreme tiredness. Cold symptoms are less severe and people experience a stuffy nose, productive cough, slight tiredness, and limited body aches. Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur, but are more common in children than adults. Runny nose may also occur, but is also more common in children than adults. You do not need to experience all of these symptoms to have the flu. If you have one or two of these symptoms, it is recommended that you see your doctor. To find out more info on the flu or learn if the flu is active in your area, go to flufacts.com 
 
BREAKFAST MAKES CHAMPIONS
According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat a healthy breakfast are able to concentrate better, work more quickly, make fewer mistakes, think more creatively, and score higher on tests. Conversely, children who skip breakfast are subject to suffering hunger symptoms, including headache, fatigue, sleepiness, irritability and inability to concentrate. In addition, kids who “fuel up” in the morning are more likely to meet their daily nutritional needs, maintain a normal weight, and perform better in sports and other extracurricular activities. 
 
Nutritious grab-and-go breakfasts recommended by the American Dietetic Association that are tasty and convenient: ready to eat cereal with milk with cut-up fruit; instant oatmeal; toasted bagel with cheese; fruit-filled breakfast bar and yogurt; toasted waffle topped with fruit and yogurt; fruit smoothie (fruit and milk whirled in the blender); peanut butter on whole-wheat toast; banana or apple; English muffin or bagel with mozzarella and tomato sauce.
 
HEAD LICE
Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. Prevention is key therefore, try to get in habit of checking your child’s hair once a week. Comb through your child’s hair using a nit comb when they return from the movies, sharing helmets, or any incident that may allow the transmission of live lice from head to head contact.  Please contact school nurse if your child has lice so the notification letter can go out to classroom to give parents a chance to assess their family.  Please call Mercedes Mulvey, RN with any questions or if you need help assessing for lice:  713-251-6025