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Health Services
High School Health Services
School Nurse: Mrs. Kathy Puzas BSN, RN, NCSN
puzask@kingphilip.org
508-384-1000 Ext. 345
Fax: 508-384-1075

 

Reminders from the Nurse
 
We have several cases of flu, strep throat, stomach virus and other illnesses throughout the school year. Here are a few reminders when you are deciding whether or not to keep you child home from school.
 
 
 
 
    • If your child vomits before school or during the night, please keep him/her home and have him/her rest for 24 hours.
    • If your child has diarrhea during the night or before school please keep him/her home until the diarrhea subsides totally or at least 24 hours.
    • If your child has a fever (over 100 F.) during the night or in the morning, please keep your child home. The temperature should be normal for 24 hours before sending the child to school.
    • If your child exhibits signs of pink eye or conjunctivitis (blood shot eye, complains of itchiness, sticky material in eye and discharge from eye), please keep him home and call your physician.

      If you have any questions feel free to email me at puzask@kingphilip.org
 

Please note that there are some health requirements (immunizations) for students to be able to attend classes at the High School.
 
There are procedures you must follow for your child to have medication during the school day.

There is a specific form for inhalers:
Inhaler form
 
Health Forms
 
Please read the Health Issues Letter for important information for every incoming student. These forms must be on file at the school for every student attending King Philip Regional High School.

Certificate of Immunization - Health Record

And if necessary for your child, please also provide: Emergency Health Care Plan - Medical Emergency Protocol

Although most doctors provide their own Immunization and Health Record forms, you may also download these forms (format is PDF) to take with you when you go for an appointment. (You will need Acrobat Reader from Adobe to access these forms. It is a free download.)
 
Health Forms
 certificate_immunization_
form.pdf
Certificate of Immunization
 emergency_plan.pdf
Emergency Health Care Plan
 health_issues_letter.pdf
Health Issues Letter
 health_record_form.pdf
Massachusetts School Health Record
 inhalerform.pdf
Inhaler Form
 medcons.pdf
Medication Consent Form
 medemergency_protocol.pdf
Medical Emergency Protocol
 medicat.pdf
Medication Order
Announcements
Physical Forms and Health Screening
According to MA state requirements, a physical exam is required for all incoming grade 10 students. Please submit updated physicals to the Health Office.

Health screenings will be started during September.
Grade 9 students will have Postural screenings for Scoliosis.
Grade 10 students will be screened for Hearing, Vision, Height, and Weight.
If you do not want your child screened, please send an email or note to the Health Office.
Dear Parents and Guardians

Influenza (flu) activity is widespread across the United States.

Influenza causes a great deal of illness and many deaths every year, and can result in missed days of school and missed days of work. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), it is likely that the flu will peak in Massachusetts within the next few weeks. Because the flu can be easily spread from person to person, we are asking your assistance to help reduce the spread of it.

It is important that you keep your child home from school when sick. The main symptoms of influenza include fever in combination with a cough and/or sore throat. Some people may also have body aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, and a runny nose. A child should be fever free, without the assistance of medication, for 24 hours before returning to school. A child should be free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child returns too early they will still be contagious and spread their illness to other students and staff. Please contact your child’s health care provider if any symptoms persist.

Please encourage your child to wash their hands frequently, to keep their hands out of their mouths and not to share drinks or food with their friends. I have attached a resource from the CDC which I encourage you to read for more information on the prevention and control of influenza. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child.

Sincerely,

Kathy Puzas RN, BSN

School Nurse

King Philip Regional High School

508-384-1000 x345

Flu Symptom Checklist for Families, Schools, and Childcare Programs

Flu season in Massachusetts usually starts in the fall and runs through the spring. The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever in combination with a cough and/or sore throat. Some people may also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feel tired. Some people (especially young children) may also have diarrhea and vomiting.

To keep flu from spreading in the community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has the flu. Use this form during flu season to determine whether your child should attend school or child care.

Flu-like illness: Should I keep my child home?
Yes No
  1. Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours? Note: 100.4° F is the same as 38° C.
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
  1. Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?
If you answered YES to both questions above, keep your child home. Your child has an influenza-like illness (fever and cough or sore throat). If your child has a cough or sore throat without fever, he or she may be well enough to go to school or child care. Your child’s school or child care program may have additional guidance.
After the flu: Can my child return to school or child care?
Yes No
  1. Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours? Note: 100.4° F is the same as 38° C.
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
  1. Has your child had acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) to reduce fever in the past 24 hours?
If you answered YES to either question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms. Then use the check list questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.

If you answered NO to both questions above, and your child appears well, your child can return to school or child care.

Where can I find more information about influenza?

Contacts
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