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August 31, 2017   

To Parents of Floodwood School Students:

This letter is to inform all parents regarding medications at school, immunization requirements and other useful information for the upcoming school year.

If your child needs a medication to be administered during the school day, here are a few things to remember before bringing medication to the school.

  • We can only accept medications from Parents or Guardians. Whether over-the-counter Tylenol or a prescription medication such as an Epi-pen, it needs to be delivered by the parent or guardians themselves. The student cannot bring this to school themselves.
  • If it is a prescription medication, we need to have a Doctor’s order to administer it and have the parent sign a consent form stating it is okay to administer prescription medications. This includes Epi-pens and Benadryl for possible allergies as well.
  • All medications need to be in their original bottles.

Immunizations – All required immunizations listed below must be completed or there must be an appointment made before a student may start school on September 5th. If you have any questions, you may check the Campus portal or contact me.

For ages 5 through 6 for Kindergarten:

  • Hepatitis B – 3 shots
  • DTaP – 5 shots; unless the 4th was given after age 4.
  • Polio – 4 shots; unless the 3rd was given after age 4.
  • MMR – 2 shots
  • Varicella – 2 shots; unless child already had chickenpox disease; if disease occurred after 2010, the doctor must sign a form.

For 7th through 12th grade:

  • Tdap – entering 7th grade
  • Meningococcal – 7th grade and again at age 16.

Early Childhood Developmental Screening

Early Developmental Screening will take place October 5, 2017. Minnesota law requires that all children attend screening before they enter school, so that all are well equipped and ready for learning. Please watch for information to come by mail or on the district website in September. Please contact Terry Gilbertson, ECSE Instructor if you have a 3 year old child or older that has not been screened. (tgilbertson@isd698.org or 476-2285 ext.70256)

Influenza – With flu season ahead of us, it is a timely reminder about practicing good hygiene. Four easy ways to prevent the spread of infectious disease are:

  • 1.Proper hand washing
  • oWhen washing hands children should was hands for 20 seconds (as long as it takes to sing or hum happy birthday or say the ABC’s)
  • oScrub palms, backs of hand, between fingers, fingernails, wrists and thumbs
  • oRinse all the soap off the hands, turn off the faucet with a paper and dry hands thoroughly
  • 2.Cover nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your sleeve.
  • 3.Limit your contact with others when you are ill.
  • 4.Please stay home when you are ill.

Is my child well enough to go to school? – Many times when a child wakes up in the morning ill, a parent is concerned about when to keep the child home or send them to school. Please review the list below and hopefully this information will be helpful in determining if you should send your child to school.

  • Fever – Elevation of body temperature above normal and accompanied by other symptoms of illness.
  • Diarrhea – until 24 hours after diarrhea has stopped unless cause is known.
  • Vomiting – Child has vomited 2 or more times in the previous 24 hours.
  • Eye drainage – Accompanied with fever and/or eye pain

Head Lice – School Procedure: It is the position of the Floodwood School District that head lice will not impede the educational process for any child. If a child is discovered to have live head lice, parents will be informed via phone call, text message, or email. Parents of students in the classroom where head lice were found will also be informed. The expectation will be that a child found with head lice will go home at the end of the day, will be treated, any nits present will be removed before returning to school the following day. If head lice and/or nits are found upon returning to school, parents of the child will again be notified.

Please see and review the handout from the Minnesota Department of Health. This handout will cover information regarding head lice, prevention and treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 218-476-2285 ext. 70102 or email rvillebrun@isd698.org.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rae Villebrun

Superintendent/Principal

HEAD LICE PROCEDURE

SCHOOL PROCEDURE:It is the position of the Floodwood School District that head lice will not impede the educational process for any child. If a child is discovered to have live head lice, parents will be informed via phone call, text message, or email. Phone calls will always be made. If we aren’t able to talk with a parent, other methods of contacting parents will also be used. Parents of students in the classroom where head lice were found will also be informed. The expectation will be that a child found with head lice will go home at the end of the day, will be treated, and any nits present will be removed before returning to school the following day. If head lice and/or nits are found upon returning to school, parents of the child will again be notified.

INFORMATION: Head lice can take up residence in heads of all genders, ages, races and socio-economic levels – they are an equal opportunity bug! Head lice are a common problem for children in schools and child care. Anyone can get head lice. Head lice are not a sign of uncleanliness and head lice do not spread disease. According to the National School Nurse’s Association (https://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/40/Pediculosis-Management-in-the-School-Setting-Revised-2011), sending children home because of head lice is not recommended.

Head lice are very small (less than 1/8 inch long), tan colored insects which live on human heads. They lay their eggs (called nits) on the hair close to the scalp and the nits are attached to the hair by a strong "glue-like" substance which makes it hard to remove the nits. The nits are tiny (about the size of a pencil dot) and grey or white in color.

Head lice are annoying parasites that feed on small amounts of blood once or more often each day. The bite does not hurt but can cause itching and scratching. Once hatched, head lice can survive for up to 30 days.

Head lice are spread primarily by direct, head-to-head contact with an infested individual. Indirect spread through sharing of personal items such as combs, brushes, barrettes, hats, scarves, jackets, blankets, sheets, and pillows is less likely but possible.

Head lice do not jump or fly. They crawl and can fall off the head. Head lice do not live longer than 48 hours off the human head. They only lay their eggs while on the head. Nits which are more than 1/2 inch from the scalp are dead or empty and will not hatch. The eggs do not hatch if they fall off the head. Head lice do not spread to or from pets. It takes 7-10 days from when the eggs are laid until they hatch. Head lice can spread as long as there are live head lice on the head.

PREVENTION: Young children frequently come into close head to head contact while playing. Children can be taught to not share personal items such as combs and hats. When children are scratching their heads, adults can check for head lice. Affected children should be treated promptly.

TREATMENT: Special head lice shampoo or crème rinse which will kill the head lice can be purchased in the drug store or obtained by prescription from your clinic. Natural alternative methods for controlling head lice include: coating all the hair with petroleum jelly (or other smothering agents) by massaging the entire surface of the scalp and hair and leaving on overnight.

Manual removal of head lice and nits with louse or nit combs is proposed by some as an effective but time-consuming method of treatment. More often, it is proposed as an additional treatment to use with alternative methods or chemical head lice shampoos.

Combs, brushes, and other hair accessories should be cleaned with hot soapy water. Launder recently worn clothing, bedding, and towels. Vacuuming carpets, furniture, mattresses, and car seats may control the spread of head lice. Insecticide or head lice killing sprays are not recommended.

Ten Steps to staying ahead of Head lice (from the National Pediculosis Association)
Watch for signs of head lice, such as frequent head-scratching. Anyone can get head lice . . . from another person or from sharing hats, brushes, combs, etc.

  1. Check all family members for lice and nits (lice eggs) at least once a week. (It helps to use natural light and a magnifying glass.)
  2. Treat only those family members who do have lice. Buy a lice product at you drug store, the pharmacy section of your food store or call your doctor for a prescription. You may also ask your school nurse. Treatment can come in other forms besides buying a product at the drug store. Below are links to other options.
  3. Follow package directions carefully! Use the product over the sink (not in the tub or shower). Keep the eyes covered with a washcloth.
  4. Call your doctor first if you are pregnant, nursing, or allergic to weeds, plants, etc. Never use a lice product on your baby!
  5. Remove all nits (which will stay on the hair after treatment). This is essential! You can do this with a special lice comb, scissors, or your fingernails.
  6. Wash sheets and recently worn clothing in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Combs and brushes may be soaked in hot (not boiling) water for 10 minutes.
  7. Vacuuming is the safest and best way to control lice on mattresses, rugs, furniture, and stuffed animals.
  8. Continue to check heads every day for 2 - 3 weeks to make sure head lice are gone. Regular checking is the best prevention.
  9. When you find a case of lice, tell others. Call your child's school or daycare. Notify neighborhood parents.


Head Lice Basics— http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/headlice/index.html
Treatmenthttp://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/head-lice/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20030792