Nurse's Corner

Nurse Monica Skakacz, RN



This is a friendly reminder about some common health concerns here at Prendergast School!

Medications- If daily or as needed medications (prescription and over the counter) need to be given during the school hours by the nurse, a special form is required. This form must be filled out and signed by your child’s health care provider and signed by you, the parent or guardian. Students cannot have any medications in school without authorization from the nurse. Also it is very helpful for the school nurse to have knowledge of any medications given to your child at home on a regular basis. Medications used to treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, allergies etc. may cause side effects which could cause your child to seek comfort in the nurse’s office or that their health care provider should know about. Please keep the nurse up-to-date regarding any medications taken at home. Lastly, an adult must bring all medications to the school nurse, do not send anything in their backpacks.

Illnesses- Communicable disease-such as strep throat, chicken pox, impetigo, and so on may need precautions to be taken to protect other children. A doctor’s note is needed to return to school and they must wait for at least 24 hours after antibiotics are begun for any illnesses requiring antibiotics, some other illnesses are longer. Please ask the health office for per case basis of other illnesses.

Head lice-Call your child’s health care provider for a prescription shampoo and directions for use. Immediately notify the school nurse so that classmates and siblings can be checked. After lice has been treated effectively the child can return to school the first day back they cannot ride the bus you must bring them to the nurses office for a head check. They will be checked for one week following.

Fever- Any child with a temperature of 100.0 or higher must stay at home and remain fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. If the fever is accompanied by a sore throat, earache, nausea, or a rash the child may be contagious. If they have a fever during school hours they must be picked up.

Diarrhea or Vomiting- Children need to stay home when ill during the night or in the morning. If they vomit or have diarrhea the child must remain symptom free for 24 hours before they can return to school. If symptoms occur during school hours they must be picked up.

Pink eye- This can be highly contagious. When suspected of this the child must be seen, cleared, or if confirmed treated for 24 hours before returning to school.

Absences-Notify the school by email at [email protected] if your child will be home due to a minor illness or for a prolonged period of time related to such illnesses as mono, surgery, or pneumonia, etc. If email is not accessible, you may send a note in when your child returns.

Emergency Numbers-Please update the school of your home, work, and cell phone number as needed.

Physical injuries- If your child is injured please ask your health care provider for a note to allow your child to use equipment such as crutches, splints, casts, and ace bandages in school. Also a note is needed from your health care provider to be excused from gym/recess.

A request from the office: The office is looking for uniform donations. We often need to replenish borrowed clothes from time to time. If your child is sent home with borrow clothes please wash them and return them with the exception of underwear to the nurses office for someone else to borrow if needed. We are running especially low on pants. If anyone has any clothes that you would like to donate please drop them off at the school. They would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you sincerely!

Monica Skakacz RN

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