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School Health

Hello, my name is Mrs. Lauren Bodenschatz and I am the certified school nurse here at Richland Elementary! I am beyond excited to care for your child during their school day. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. My goal is to provide nursing services to students while promoting education and wellness. Please contact me with any questions or concerns and we will work together to make this a great year for everyone!

Important To Remember

 
  • Medication forms should be turned in with any prescription or over the counter medication (students should not transport medications!)
  • If your child has asthma or a life threatening allergy, please have an asthma action plan filled out or a food allergy action plan.
  • Students may not carry any type of medication with them (except inhalers or epi-pens), If a student needs to have medication during school hours, it must be brought in by an adult with appropriate paperwork!
  • Please keep your child home with any vomiting, diarrhea or fevers 100 degrees or higher
  • IMMMUNIZATIONS: If students are not up to date on vaccines or do not have appropriate documentation of exemption or catch up schedule, the student will be exempt from school after 5 days (***Currently for the 20-21 school year, you have 2 months from the start of the school year to be compliant with immunizations). If you have questions or concerns please contact me for further information.

*4 doses of DTaP (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

*4 doses of Polio (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

*3 doses of hepatitis B

*2 doses of MMR

*2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

Mandated Health Screenings

 

  • Height/Weight/Vision: every grade level
  • Dental: upon entry/1st & 3rd grade
  • Physical: upon entry/1st & 6th grade
  • Hearing: K, 1, 2, 3 & special education students

*1st and 3rd graders: The school dentist typically comes Sept/October.

I will update as soon as I have a confirmed date, thank you.

 

Covid is an upper respiratory virus that is mainly spread through droplets (sneezes and coughs go into the air and land on people and surfaces)

 

*PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD'S TEMPERATURE EVERY SINGLE MORNING AND LOOK FOR ANY SYMPTOMS THAT WOULD REQUIRE THEM TO STAY HOME

Quick tips to remind your child

  • Hand washing is the #1 most important task we can do. 20 seconds
    • Before school, bathroom, before/after eating and drinking, before you go home
    • Sing abc’s, happy birthday x2
  • Hand sanitizer should be used when you cannot wash your hands.
    • Before/after touching and removing mask
    • Before/after each classroom visit
    • As needed
  • Covering our coughs/sneezes *elbow is best, immediately use hand sanitizer or wash your hands
  • Avoid touching our faces, eyes, masks
  • Be kind to others
  • NO SHARING foods, drinks, masks, pencils, lip gloss, chapstick….

MASKS REMINDERS

    • When removing masks, sanitize or wash hands and remove from the ear straps or string. Do no remove from the cloth part of the mask that touches the face.
  • NO SHARING of masks EVER
    • If they fall onto the floor, TELL SOMEONE, do not place back on your face. One can be provided until family can wash
    • Parents: it may not be a bad idea to think of a way to keep the mask attached to your child with a clip, necklace, or the gator masks
    • Have extra masks in case they get lost, stolen, thrown away or dirty during school
    • Masks should be washed daily, that's why it is great to have more than 1 to rotate for cleaning
    • Keep in a container, baggie, brown paper bag
      • DO NOT STICK IN POCKET OR BOOKBAG
    • Breaks will be needed, if you cannot wait for the scheduled break, talk with teacher/staff
  • IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL BECAUSE OF WEARING THE MASK TELL SOMEONE (light headed, dizzy, nauseated, overheated)
 
AGAIN, PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF THEY ARE SICK!!
This will help everyone stay protected and slow the spread!
 
Below are 2 references for a symptoms screening tool that can be used at home and in school for parents and teachers to monitor children for symptoms of COVID-19
 
 
COVID-19 Symptoms Screening Tool (for parents and staff) 
  1. Are you/is the student taking any medication to treat or reduce a fever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen?
  2. Are you/is the student experiencing any of the following:

Group A (more severe)

*1 or more symptoms

Group B (mild/moderate)

*2 or more symptoms

  • Fever (100.4 or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Chills
  • New lack of smell or taste
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea &/or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  
STAY HOME IF:
  • You have 1 or more symptoms in Group A OR
  • You have 2 or more symptoms in Group B OR
  • You are taking fever reducing medication (ibuprofen/acetaminophen)