Mrs. Amanda Marschalk, RN, BSN, CSN
Phone: (732) 556-2144
Fax: (732) 556-2629
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:50am-3:35pm
My door is always open! Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss your child.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! WELCOME BACK!
With the New Year upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to go over several winter health room reminders for our Old Mill families. Let's make this a healthy and happy year!
- Please remember that ANY medication that is to be dispensed in school (including over the counter meds like Tylenol) must have a written order from your child's doctor, as well as written parental consent to be administered in the health room. All medication must be brought to health room by the student's parent/guardian. Medication of any kind cannot be transported in the backpack. Cough drops are NOT allowed in school, due to choking hazard.
- With cold and flu season upon us, handwashing is extremely important to control the spread of germs. Students need to wash their hands before eating, after blowing their nose, and after playtime and toileting.
- Appropriate footwear is vital to help prevent falls/injuries. Sneakers that tie are the safest choice. Shoes with little to no ankle support are a hazard. Additionally please have your child dress appropriately for the current weather. Unless the weather is truly unfavorable, the students will be going out daily for recess. Coats, hats and gloves are a must on the cold winter days!
- Cold weather brings dry skin and lips. Please make sure your child is drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, if your child is prone to chapped lips, please send in a chapstick in your child's backpack for personal use.
- Please make sure your child is eating a nutritious breakfast each morning before school. This is so important in order to have a successful school day! Children who are feeling hungry may have difficulty concentrating.
- If your child is sick, please allow him or her time at home to rest. Here are some reasons to keep your child home for the day:
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher. He/she cannot return to school until fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol/Motrin).
- Vomiting or diarrhea. It is best to keep your child home until he/she hasn't vomited or had active diarrhea for 24 hours.
- Rash of unknown origin. This would need to be evaluated by a doctor to rule out contagious illness.
- Itchy, painful, reddened, crusty/draining eyes. There is a good chance that this could be conjunctivitis which would need to be evaluated by a doctor.
- Children may ask to come to school even if they are ill. Although your child may be disappointed (field trip, special event, birthday celebration) please keep him/her home.
- If your child is absent from school due to illness, you must call the attendance line and let the school know each day . If he/she is absent for more than 3 days, a doctor's note must accompany your child back to school.
- Communication between parents and the health room is very important. If your child has been injured outside of school and you think his/her school day may be impacted, it is very important to call or email me so that appropriate accommodations throughout the school day can be put into place. If you request that your child sit out of Physical Education/Recess, a parent note is sufficient for 3 days. After that a doctor's note will be required.
- PLEASE make sure your child's emergency contacts are updated and complete. Should your child become ill or injured while at school, I will need to get in touch with someone in a timely manner.
- Birthday celebrations are fun for little ones at school, but too much sugar during the school day can have a negative effect on children. If you would like to send in a party treat, please keep it to a minimum and remember, healthy treats are always best! Please do not send in candy.
- Our school has many students with various food allergies. This is a major health issue and we make the safety and well-being of our students a top priority. Please help us by:
- Reminding your child that there is no sharing of food in the lunchroom or at times when snacks are permitted. There is no food permitted on the bus either. This goes for all students and is so important!!
- Reminding your child that hand washing before and after eating is best practice.
- Remembering that birthday party celebrations can be a difficult time for the food-allergic child. If there is a student with a food allergy in your child's class, and you would like to send in a baked good, please be careful about the ingredients. Please list the ingredients on the outside of the package, and when preparing "treats" please pay close attention to cross-contamination in your kitchen.
- Winter is a popular time for head lice! Please remind your child to not share any personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, hair clips, headbands, etc. If you suspect your child has head lice, please contact me and we can work together to eradicate the situation. I will help you while maintaining your child's privacy. We don't do routine "head checks," but if a child at school is suspected to have head lice I will assess and contact the parent if needed.
If you have any questions/concerns, please call or email me! I look forward to hearing from you!