Spotlight: Health News from our School Nurse
Did you know we have a school nurse on campus each Wednesday from 8:30-1:30? Her name is Sheri Stirewalt, and she sent these updates for us:
Hand washing is the easiest and most effective way to
prevent the spread of infection and illness.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after
treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or
cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing,
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
What is the right way to wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold),
and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the
soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and
under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from
beginning to end twice.)
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Guidelines For Keeping A Sick Child At Home:
- Fever: Child should be fever free without medication
before returning to school.
- Diarrhea, Nausea or Vomiting: Child should be symptom
free for 24 hours from the last episode before returning to school.
- Body Rash with Fever
- Sore throat with fever and swollen glands Persistent,
nagging or deep cough
- Eye discharge: thick mucus or pus draining from the eye
- Child is irritable, crying or tired or unable to sit-up and participate in the
regular classroom activities.