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Kindergarten Health Information for Parents

Welcome to Kindergarten.  We are so excited for beginning of this new adventure for you and your child.  Since we were unable to have our Parent Information Meeting in the spring, I wanted to share with you some information from the health area of your child’s enrollment requirements.  

The State of Ohio requires that each student meet the minimum vaccine requirement in order to attend school. Full date (month/day/year) of each required vaccination must be on file no later than two weeks after the student has entered school. As required by Ohio law, a student may not be permitted to continue to attend school without this required information on file.

The following are the minimum vaccination requirements for the State of Ohio:

  • Five (5) doses of DPT (diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough and tetanus) if the fourth dose of DPT immunization was given before the age of four.
  • Four (4) doses of polio immunization if the third polio immunization was given before the age of four.
  • Three (3) dose series of hepatitis B vaccine
  • Two (2) MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunizations.
  • Two (2) does of varicella vaccine prior to kindergarten entry.

Ohio Law also requires that all students have an a Physical prior to starting school.  The physical needs to be dated in the current year (2020).  Obviously, this has been a different year.  If your child missed their physical because they could not see their doctor, please make an appointment for a physical as soon as possible. 

I will also be doing a vision and hearing screening for your child at the beginning of the year.  We usually get this completed at Kindergarten Screening, but once again things are different this year.

If your child has a chronic medical issue or needs to take medication during the school day please contact me.

A few reminders:

No medication can be given at school without the proper paperwork. 
All medication must come in the original bottle.  Cough drops are medication.

                        Over-the-counter – Parent note

                        Prescription – Parent and Doctor Permission

When to Keep a Student Home

There are many common school age illnesses. Many of the illnesses require the student to stay at home. Sending an ill student to school puts other students and staff at risk. A sick child is uncomfortable and unable to concentrate during the school day.

COVID- 19 is certainly on all of our minds.  It is probably the most talked about communicable disease in our lives right now.  Please take time each morning to check your child for any symptom of communicable disease before sending your child to school.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of reported symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

 

When to seek emergency medical attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

As I said earlier there are many Communicable Diseases that are common in school aged children, not just Co-Vid 19.  Parents/guardians must inform the school if their student is diagnosed by a physician with a Communicable Disease.  Some examples would be:  Varicella (chicken pox), influenza (flu), strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink-eye), impetigo, head lice, pertussis (whooping cough), ringworm, fifth’s disease, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), meningitis, hepatitis, scabies, or other communicable disease. 

  •          A student with a temperature of 100.0 or above needs to be kept home. He or she may return to school when free of fever for 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medication or at the direction of the child’s physician.
  •          A child who is vomiting or suffering from diarrhea needs to remain at home until he/she is symptom-free for 24 hours.
  •          Any child who is on antibiotics for strep throat, impetigo, ringworm, bacterial infection or other condition needs to stay home until 24 hours after antibiotics/anti-fungal medications are started.
  •          Any child who is complaining of headache, sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue, stomach ache, earache or injury that is severe enough to decrease the child’s ability to participate in class needs to stay home.
  •          Any child diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough) must remain home for five (5) days after antibiotic treatment has been started.
  •          Any child with yellow or green drainage from the eye(s) should be seen by a doctor and needs to stay home for 24 hours after antibiotic drops are started, if they are prescribed. The child should have no drainage from eye(s) when returning to school.
  •          A child with a rash of unknown cause should stay at home until a doctor confirms the rash is not contagious. Students with chicken pox need to stay at home for seven (7) days or until all the lesions are crusted.
  •          Children with head lice must be treated and have no live lice. Nits are to be removed prior to coming back to school.

I hope this helps a little since we were unable to meet in person at Kindergarten Screening. Once again, I am looking forward to getting to know your child.  Please feel free to call me or email me at any time with any questions or concerns.

Carole Osborne

School Nurse

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