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Wenonah School Health Office 

 

     Welcome to the Health Office page. My name is Linda June Collazo. I am a registered nurse with certifications in School Nursing, CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Care Coordination and Transition Management. My undergraduate degrees are in Sociology, and Nursing. For 20 years, I worked as a Cardiac Nurse and Clinical Charge Nurse on an Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit in Philadelphia. My experience also includes working with children with various special needs, in both home and school settings.  

 

     Caring for your children's health during the school day is a responsibility I take very seriously. I seek to promote health, and identify and manage illness. A healthy child is better able to engage in learning and to participate in the school community. Please contact me with updated health information, such as allergies or illnesses, as it arises. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your children and their needs.

 

     Thank you for the opportunity to look after your children's health, and to participate in their education and development.                                                               

 

Attendance

 

     Please call or email before the start of the school day for any absence or lateness. At any time, you may leave a message on my voicemail, 856-468-4996, or email me at lcollazo@wenonahschool.org, to report your child absent or late. The school takes its responsibility to care for your children during school hours very seriously. If we have not been notified, and your child is not at school on a school day, we will attempt to contact you. We will call and/ or email you, to make sure you are aware your child is not at school, and to determine your child’s whereabouts to ensure their safety.

 

     When you suspect an illness, it can be difficult to decide whether to keep your child home from school. Below are a few guidelines that are helpful to follow when deciding if your child should stay home from school. Keep your child home from school for:

 

  • Fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (must be fever-free, without fever reducing medicine, for 24 hours before returning),

  • Vomiting or diarrhea (may return 24 hours after the last episode),

  • Eye(s) stuck closed with dried crust, or appears red with drainage (please have a doctor’s note stating the child is not contagious before returning),

  • Excessive nasal drainage or persistent cough,

  • Unusual rash, especially an extensive rash, or one with blisters (check with your doctor for cause and when your child is able to return to school),

  • Listlessness and lethargy without cause (this may be a precursor to illness, or symptom of illness),

  • Less than 24 hours on an antibiotic or antiviral for treatment of strep throat or other contagious disease.

 

Check with your child’s doctor for suggestions on how to treat any of the above situations, or if you are concerned about your child’s health. Encouraging adequate hydration is always appropriate to support and maintain health.

 

Immunizations

 

     Wenonah School follows the New Jersey requirements for immunizations. It is recommended all students have an annual influenza vaccination. Influenza vaccines are formulated and produced according to the current year’s influenza strains, and are usually available starting in late August. Whenever your child receives an immunization, please ask the health care provider for a copy of proof of immunization, and send a copy into the school for our records.

 

Below, see links to summaries of New Jersey immunization requirements.

 

Kindergarten through grade 12 Minimum Immunization Requirements NJ:

http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/imm_requirements/k12-parents.pdf

 

Preschool Minimum Immunization Requirements NJ:

http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/imm_requirements/cc_preschool_requirements-parents.pdf

 

Medications

 

     The school physician, Dr. Trotz, has given standing orders for acetaminophen (generic Tylenol), and calcium carbonate (generic Tums). If I thought a medication may be needed, I would contact you to discuss the issue, and obtain consent, before giving the medicine to your child.

 

     Any other medicine your child may need during the school day must be ordered by your child's physician, and you must give written permission for administration of the medication by the school nurse. Wenonah School has a standard form for medication administration which may be used to meet these requirements. You may download a copy of the Wenonah School Medication Administration Authorization from the home page of the Wenonah School website. Alternatively, contact my office for a copy. Any prescription medicine must be in the original pharmacy container with the prescribing label intact. Any over the counter medicine must be in the original container. All medicine, and completed Medication Administration Authorization Forms, must be brought into the school by an adult.

 

     The school also has a standing order for cough drops from Dr. Trotz. Please do not send cough drops to school with your child, as these are for medicinal purposes and pose a choking hazard. In the rare case a cough drop is needed, I have them in stock and can give them in the health office.

 

     If you believe your child may need medicine during a scheduled field trip away from the school, and you will not be attending the field trip, please let the teacher and me know as soon as possible. The school may need to make special arrangements to have a substitute school nurse, or appropriately trained staff, available to attend the field trip with your child. 

 

Physicals

 

     The school requires every child to have a medical physical before admission to kindergarten or school. Documentation of the practitioner's physical findings, such as on the Universal Child Health Record, along with a Confidential Health History form completed by parents or guardians, must be brought to the school nurse for our records. In addition, per New Jersey guidelines, it is recommended all students receive at least one more medical physical in either grades 4, 5, or 6.  Please contact the school for copies of the Universal Child Health Record or Confidential Health History forms, if you need them.

 

Wellness

 

     Some tips for promoting healthy development, optimal health for learning, and lifelong wellbeing:

 

Nutrition - Eat a healthy diet as a family. Avoiding processed foods, added sugar, and unnecessary chemicals. Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed whole grains. Eating at least one meal as a family is a strong predictor of a healthy future. Cooking together is a great activity, too. Healthy fats are good for you, and for brain and nervous system development (fish oil and Omega 3's, olive oil, coconut oil and medium chain fatty acids). Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Always eat something in the morning, and have your children eat before school. 

 

Exercise - Everyone performs better, feels happier, and is healthier, when exercise is part of their daily routine. Children should get at least 1 hour of physical activity daily. Exercise is linked to increased attention, calmer behavior, happier mood, higher test scores, increased comprehension, and better overall health. Promote daily exercise in any way possible, for everyone in your family. 

 

Sleep - Get plenty of sleep and ensure your child gets plenty of sleep, too. It is recommended that 5 to 12 year olds get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep a night. Turn down lights and limit screen time 2 hours before bedtime. Sleep in a dark, quiet room, without a television or screen on. This is even more important as your children approach their teen years. If they absolutely can not be put away 2 hours before bedtime, use screen dimming settings on handheld devices to reduce blue light.

 

Resiliency - If you want your children to grow up to be calm, competent, and confident, promote resilient behavior in them now. Fostering the ability of your children to problem solve, and navigate through disappointment and setbacks, will help them grow into adults able to shape their world and weather the rough times. Learning to "see the glass as half full", will help your children learn to see failure as an opportunity for growth. See the links provided for more information on resiliency. 

 

Avoid Illness - Follow basic safety rules, such as wearing helmets and seat belts, and avoiding danger. Promote hand washing, and proper sneezing and coughing (into a tissue or napkin, wash hands afterward). Proper hand washing consists of soap, water, friction on all surfaces for at least 20 seconds, and rinse, followed by thorough drying. To help promote 20 second scrubs, encourage your children to wash for as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday two times through. Teach your children to avoid touching their faces as much as possible, since germs mostly enter and leave the body through the eyes, nose and mouth. Wash hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after touching your face. Avoid "antibacterial" soaps and hand sanitizers to help reduce microbial resistance.