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From the Nurse's Office
Posted 08/23/2018 04:44PM

Mrs. Horvath would like to update some important information from her office about frequently asked questions as well as several friendly reminders.

Here at Sprague School, we work hard for the health and well being of your child. If your child has a medical need or condition, such as a food allergy, asthma, diabetes or anything that needs to be addressed in the nurse's office, please contact me if you have not done so already. We can review school policy and paperwork that may be needed from your child's pediatrician.

Medications: Please remember for safety reasons, no medication, over-the-counter or prescription, can be sent in with your child, and a doctor's authorization must be given in writing to administer over-the-counter and prescription medications. A medication authorization form can be found on the Sprague Health & Wellness webpage under "health/wellness forms," or we will accept a form from your pediatrician's office.

Illness: If your child is diagnosed with strep, pink eye, or any communicable disease, please call the School Nurse's Office and leave a message. A courtesy note will go home to students in your child's class that a communicable disease has been reported which is helpful for other parents in the class. While lice is not a communicable illness, it should also be reported.

We have a 24-hour school illness policy at District 103. Your child must be fever, vomit, and diarrhea-free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication before they can return to school. They must be on an antibiotic medication for 24 hours before returning with strep or pink eye or any other contagious disease that requires an antibiotic. Additionally, if your child goes home sick on the day of a scheduled night time school event, (e.g., portfolios, diversity night) they MAY NOT participate in that evening's event. This policy allows your child the necessary time to recover from their illness, and staying home that extra day helps them to recover and build up their resistance, without infecting other classmates.

Food Policy: All classrooms are peanut/tree nut free. Daily classroom snacks can consist only of fruit, vegetables, yogurt, milk, and cheese. No other snacks are permitted in the classroom. No veggie sticks unless they are real vegetables; no cheese crackers are permitted. In the lunchroom, students are permitted to bring what they wish for lunch. There are peanut/tree nut free zones at the center of each lunch table for those students who require an allergen free area to eat.

Birthdays: Birthdays are a big deal at Sprague. We ask that if you are bringing in goodie bags for your child's class--only non-food items be sent. Children love to receive stickers, bubbles, key chains, etc.

Clothing: Please send in a full change of clothing, underwear, socks, sneakers, pants/or shorts, and a shirt for your child that will be kept in their locker should they need it. Place these items in a zip lock bag labeled with your child's name. Food gets spilled at lunch, bathroom accidents do happen, and they may get overly excited washing their hands and need to change. Remember to replenish the supply when needed. Students feel more secure when they have their own clothes to change into if needed.

Injury/Illness, Physician Notes: Should your child be injured requiring medical attention for a strain/sprain or break, an activity note from the doctor is required for participating/not participating in PE or recess. This note will indicate the level of activity your child can participate in during PE class or recess as well as for the duration of recovery. If your child is recovering from an illness, and you request they stay out of PE/recess, we will honor a parent note for one day only. Additional non-participation time must be written by a doctor.

Vision and Hearing Screenings: Mrs. Horvath will start vision and hearing screenings next month. The State of Illinois mandates that students in grades K, 1, and 2 have yearly hearing screenings. Vision screenings are completed for all 2nd-grade students as well as all new students to the district and students receiving special education services.

Thank you in advance, and if you have any additional questions or would like to speak with our school nurse regarding your child, please call Mrs. Horvath at (847) 945-6665, extension 5605.

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