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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease:

HFMD has been confirmed in the district. Please monitor your child for the following:

  • sudden onset of fever
  • poor appetite
  • sore throat 
  • lesions in the mouth follow 1 - 2 days after fever. (The lesions begin as small red spots that blister and may become ulcers. They are usually located on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks and can be very painful, often described as appearing similar to canker sores.)
  • A skin rash then develops, which is usually located on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Their appearance begins as red dots, progressing to raised bumps. 

 

Click Here for more information from the CDC

Click Here for the Indiana State Department of Health 

 

Please contact your child's attendance personnel or school nurse if your child's physician suspects or has confirmed your child has been diagnosed with HFMD.

 

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Immunization Requirements:

 

Please provide documentation of immunizations as vaccines are completed to the attention of your school nurse (or aide).

 

Documentation is due by the first day of student classes. If you have any questions about immunizations, 

please contact your school health provider.

  

Kindergarten & 1:  2 Hepatitis A, 3 Hepatitis B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR & 2 Varicella

 

Grades 2-5: 3 Hepatitis B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR & 2 Varicella

 

Grades *6-11:   3 Hepatitis B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 2 Varicella, 1 Tdap (Tetanus & Pertussis) & 1 MCV (Meningococcal)                      

 

Grade 12:  3 Hepatitis B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 2 Varicella, 1 Tdap & 2 MCV (Meningococcal)

 

 

 

CHIRP Indiana State vaccine registry is accessible here.

 

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Fevers:  Please keep your child home 24 hours until fever free without over the counter 

fever reducing medicines. This is vital in reducing the spread of contagious illnesses.

 

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If your child is diagnosed with a contagious or severe temporary illness/injury, 

please notify your school nurse. When diagnosed with serious chronic illness 

lasting 6 months or longer, please notify the health office personnel as soon as possible 

for required paperwork. 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Resources:

     Ranging from mild to severe and incredibly common, mental health issues can

     seriously impact student daily activities, especially school attendance & progression.

     The National Association of School Nurses and National Parents and Teachers Association

     recommend a number of resources available on the PTA site. Please seek qualified

     medical attention for any concerns.   MAY is Mental Health Month.  

     Having difficulty sleeping? Check out the Mental Health America screening tools here. 

 

 

ABSENTEEISM: students who are routinely absent are also more likely to drop out of high

     school prior to earning their high school diploma (Spradlin, Stephanie, Chen, Shi, Chen,

     Han, & Cierniak, 2012; Spradlin, Shi, Ciernack, Chen, & Han, 2012). FRONTLINE

 

 

MONONUCLEOSIS (mono) has been confirmed in district. Please monitor your child for fever,

unusual sleepiness, swollen lymph nodes and sore throat that may not improve with antibiotic

therapy. The Mayo Clinic has addtional information. Please consult your primary care provider

if you suspect symptoms of mono. Please report confirmed cases to your student's school

health provider.

 

HYGIENE:

 

 

INJURIES:

Warmer weather means more outside play and a higher risk of injury. The American Academy 

of Family Physicians have some guidelines for injury care available here. 

Injury specific resources are also available:

 

 

STOMACH (gastrointestinal) ILLNESSES: nausea, vomiting and watery diarrhea are commonly

     associated with this group of infections. Most people recover by replacing fluids, rarely requiring additional

     treatments. Severe infections may require medications for the infection and/or IV fluids for dehydration.

     Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water is the best preventative measure. Illnesses often last

     between 4-7 days. SHIGELLOSISCLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE INFECTION ,

     the ISDH Shigellosis quick facts & MN Dept of Health Fact Sheet for C. diff

     FDA Foodborne illnesses

 

 

Common Illnesses & Issues:

MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) is spread through skin to skin contact and

     through open wounds. Good hygiene, thorough hand washing and keeping cuts/wounds

     covered minimizes the risk of spread. Please find the IN Dept of Health QUICK FACTS HERE.

     General information is found on their main site here. Care of Skin Infection chart is found here. 

     If you find that your child has a wound that is not healing properly or develops a fluid

     filled blister, particularly yellow, green or dark red, please see your primary care

     provider for evaluation. As always, be sure to take the full course of antibiotics, if ordered.

     If the site doesn't improve with anitibiotics, be sure to contact your primary care provider

     for further instructions.

 

Lyme Disease: CDC brochure & Protecting Yourself from Ticks and Mosquitos

     Fever, muscle & joint aches, rash, headaches & fatigue may be signs of Lyme Disease.

 

Conjunctivitis (PINK EYE): The Academy of Pediatrics and the Indiana Health Department

     advise children experiencing red/pink eyes with purulent (yellow or white cloudy) discharge,

     matted eyes after sleeping & pain, redness at skin surrounding eyes be excluded until medically

     evaluated. Students with bacterial pink eye may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic

     therapy.

 

Bed bugs: EPA photos, prevention, treatment & frequently asked questions,

     University of MN CDC & IN Department of Health

 

Lice: CDC & IN Department of Health 

     National Association of School Nurses: Lice 101 & NASN Lice Lessons:

     Facing Head lice

 

Cold Sores/Fever Blisters & Canker Sores: US Department of Health and Human

     Services

 

Meningitis Parent Letter

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students, 

Indiana State Law IC 20-30-5-18 requires that school systems provide important information to parents and guardians

of all students about meningitis and the vaccines available to prevent one type of this serious illness at the beginning of each school year. 

Infections caused by this bacteria are serious, and may lead to death. Symptoms of an infection with Neisseria meningitis may include

a high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, confusion and a rash. This disease can become severe very quickly and often leads to deafness,

mental retardation, loss of arms or legs, and even death. The bacteria can mainly be spread from person to person through the exchange of nose and

throat secretions. This can occur through coughing, kissing, and sneezing. The bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a

person with meningitis has been. However, sometimes the bacteria that cause meningitis have spread to other people who have had close or prolonged

contact with a patient with Neisseria meningitidis. People in the same household or anyone with direct contact with a patient's oral secretions (such as a

boyfriend or girlfriend) would be considered at increased risk of getting the infection. There are two vaccines (Menactra and Menveo) that can prevent

most cases of meningitis caused by this bacteria in people over the age of 9 months. The United StatesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

recommends vaccination against this disease for all children 11-18 years of age. CDC recommends vaccination of children with the meningococcal vaccine

at 11 or 12 years old, with a booster dose at 16 years old. Children ages 9 months-10 years old who have sickle cell anemia or problems with their immune

systems should also receive the vaccine. One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required for students in grades 6 – 12. This is a legal requirement

(Indiana Administrative Code 410 IAC 1-1-1). All students entering grades 6-12 need to have a record from the child’s doctor indicating the vaccine

was given or a record of this immunization in the state mmunization registry (CHIRP) prior to the start of the school year. Many local health departments and

private healthcare providers offer this vaccine. Please contact your health care provider for specific instructions regarding your child. 


Additional information about meningococcal disease can be found at: 

The Indiana State Department of Health 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

The Indiana Department of Education School Health Student Services