Welcome Back!

I hope you had a wonderful summer break and are ready for the new school year. The District is exploring ways to reduce the amount of paper we generate. Part of this process is to email families forms that are updates every year for each child. Everyone is hoping this will reduce the load on parents. One of the forms included in that email is the Yearly Update for health/medical information. Please take a moment and complete that form for the nurse if there are changes in your child’s health. The nurse uses that information to help provide care for your child. If your child needs an inhaler or epi-pen, please bring it to the nurse’s office to help me keep your child safe while at school.

Because healthy students learn better, every year KPBSD school nurses provide growth screening for students. This simple height, weight, and body mass index screening provides information to parents which is meant to be shared with one’s own health care provider in order to help students achieve and maintain optimum levels of health and wellness. In addition, vision and hearing are screened in 3rd and 5th grade, and blood pressure screened in 5th grade. Parents/Guardians who do not wish to have their students screened are able to complete an opt out form. The forms are available online or from the school office.

We are starting the Healthy Futures activity program in the Fall this year. It will run September, October, and November. At the end of each month, students will turn in their activity log for prizes. To qualify each month, the student needs to be active at least 60 minutes a day, for at least 15 days of the month. PE, recess, after school sports programs, activities with family-all these activities count towards the 60 minutes.

With the return to school comes the increase in exposure to germs-bacterial and viral. To decrease the exposure to germs, encourage your child to get lots of rest and wash their hands frequently. If your child has had a fever >100 degrees in the last 24 hours, vomited or had diarrhea during the day, or they have a persistent cough, they need to stay home from school.

As for the actual crawling bugs, I have heard many families battled head lice this summer. It is a good idea to check your child’s head for lice on a weekly basis. Good lighting is the key to finding those pesky bugs. If you think your child may have lice, let the nurse know. I will follow up with your child and let you know what I do or do not see.
Schools do not have lice, people have lice.

Welcome back!

Nurse Laura Peek
West Homer Elementary
Fireweed Academy 3rd-6th