Our mission is to provide a positive and safe environment that inspires students to become responsible, well-rounded, civic-minded, global thinkers who are equipped with 21st century skills and are prepared for the academic rigors of high school and future challenges.
April 3, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please note that Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for EpiPen® Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors due to a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate.
The following lot numbers may be affected. Please check your EpiPen Auto-Injectors at home and call Stericycle at 877-650-3494 if you are in possession of a recalled device.
The lot number is located on both the 2-Pak carton and the auto-injector. If the recalled EpiPen® Auto-Injector is still contained in the carton, refer to the left flap on the carton, which is black in color. You will find the lot number written in white and preceded by the word ‘LOT.’
On the auto-injector itself, you will find the lot number towards the top of the label in black and preceded by the word ‘LOT.’
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Holly Alasio BSN, RN
We strongly advise that you take a few minutes each morning to check your child's health before he/she leaves for school. It should be remembered that a student cannot function properly in a classroom situation if he/she is not feeling well. The following are a few suggestions which will help guide you.
REASONS FOR KEEPING A CHILD AT HOME:
1. Illness during the night.
2. FEVER of 100 degrees or more. CHILD MUST BE KEPT HOME FOR 24 HOURS AFTER TEMPERATURE RETURNS TO NORMAL.
3. Complaints of nausea, headache or abdominal distress.
4. Symptoms of communicable disease i.e. sore throat, "red" eyes, swollen glands, rash, runny nose or cough.
1. Of any absence, before 8:30a.m.
2. If hospitalization of child becomes necessary.
3. If school insurance forms are needed.
4. If home tutoring is needed.
5. If a communicable disease is present.
6. When your telephone number has changed.
7. When you change your emergency contact.
8. When your child is required to use crutches during the school day.
MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION IN SCHOOL
Medication administration in school will only be permitted when the student's health and continuing attendance in school so require and when the medication is prescribed by a physician. NO MEDICATION will be administered to students in school except by the school nurse or the student's parent.
All medication must be delivered to the school nurse in it's original labeled container and must be accompanied by a physician's written and signed statement of:
1. Reason for medication
2.. Name of medication
3. Dose to be given
4. Time to be given in school
5. Date when medication will be discontinued
6. Possible side effects.
A FORM CONVENIENT FOR THESE PURPOSES IS AVAILABLE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
Please notify the School Nurse if your child will be using crutches in school.
It is crucial that we know this in order to assure your child's safety during an emergency evacuation.
Flu shots matter
Clinical evidence shows that the potential benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the potential harm for most people and that getting immunized is the best way to reduce the incidence and lessen spread.
According to the CDC, there is greater risk for serious complications from the flu than from the shot, and even if the flu shot isn't a perfect match for every virus, the three viruses included provide broad protection.
Because the flu shot contains INACTIVATED virus, the flu CANNOT be transmitted by the shot.
Theme of the Month
Children's Health MonthThroughout the month of October the EPA is recognizing that children are most susceptible to environmental hazards (i.e. pollution and toxins).
Looking ahead to a new year of learning and growing at The Lewis F. Cole Middle School, I remind all parents of the importance of providing for your child's success by promoting and encouraging good nutrition, exercise and adequate sleep and rest. These important lifestyle standards will help your child to reach their full potential.
Just as crucial as maintaining health and wellness, is knowing the importance of keeping students home when sick to allow for their complete recovery. In addition, this effort will prevent others from becoming sick as well and can prevent a cycle of illness from occurring in our school.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns by phone, Email or note.
I appreciate open dialogue with students and parents and find that potential problems can be easily averted by this practice.
Please know that a healthy, well nourished, well rested child can achieve well beyond our expectations!