Mrs. Elizabeth Mills, RNSchool Nurse(603) email@example.com
The school nurse is a bridge between the healthcare system and the school. "One cannot educate a child who is not healthy and one cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated."Mrs. Mills has been at Thornton Central School since 1996 as the school nurse. She has learned much about the educational system and the link between health and successful academics. She works to promote safety and prevent illness as well as to help children with chronic diseases and educate staff about healthcare issues.
- We do not have a no-nit policy at Thornton Central School as pediatricians and the CDC do not recommend the ‘no nit’ policy. Lice do not spread disease. They are spread by direct head to head contact, anyone can get them, they are not a sign of poor hygiene.
- The school nurse advises that you check your child’s head frequently, and especially if you notice he/she is itching a lot. A very good website with lots of information is the CDC site.http://www.cdc.gov/lice/head/factsheet.html.
- Please call us if you would like us to check your child’s head, or if there has been exposure to someone with head lice. Lice products should not be overused! You should not treat your child unless lice or nits are found. If you are treating your child with a lice product follow directions exactly.
- Be aware that nit removal may take many days and is quite time-consuming. It may take more than a week or longer to pick out all the nits if your child has many in his/her hair. Please continue to check heads for at least two more weeks after the last time you found a nit or live lice.
- Home cleanup involves washing pillowcases and bedding in hot water and dryer. Call Mrs. Mills, RN, if you have any questions about head lice or home clean up after exposure to someone with lice. If your child has been treated for head lice please call Mrs. Mills so I can help you check heads upon return to school.
Immunization InformationPlease be aware that a child who is 11 years of age or older must receive a one-time dose of Tdap Vaccine (Tetnus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis). If it has been five years or longer since the last documented dose of a Tetanus Immunization (medical contraindication to Pertussis allows a Teatnus and Diptheria only Vaccine). Many students entering grade 6 need a second varicellaor chicken pox shot.Make sure your child is up to date with immunizations. When he or she goes for a physical exam or immunizations please get an updated immunization record for the school nurse and bring it in or have your physician fax it to the school nurse at TCS at 726-3801. Any questions about immunizations or your child's records, please call Mrs. Mills at 726-8904.Please check out www.dhhs.nh.gov and type in immunization requirements and click on the one appropriate for your child and his/her age. Or, you can call the NH Immunization Program at 1-800-852-3345 ext. 4482.
Prevent Spread of Disease:Please keep your child home if temp is greater than 100 degrees & a cough or a sore throat. Also keep children home if vomiting or having diarrhea. Call these symptoms in to the school nurse as early as possible. If you have questions about whether to send your child to school and I am not able to answer the phone, please leave me a message and I will call you back.Our policy is that your child should be fever free for 24 hours without using Tylenol or Advil to keep his/her temp down before returning to school. Keep your child home for 24 hrs after vomiting or diarrhea and make sure he/she is able to keep down plenty of liquids like apple juice, ginger ale, or waterRemember, the best way to prevent any contagious disease spread is good hygiene. Tell your children to wash hands for 20 seconds before eating, after coughing, or sneezing. Cough into elbows or tissues, not hands! Germs die when they dry out in cloth. Encourage your child to avoid people who are coughing or sneezing. Wash up hands and bathrooms well after vomiting or diarrhea.
Medications:Please do not send pills to school in baggies. Only medication which arrives in a labeled bottle (prescriptions or over the counter medication) can be given by the nurse and there is an form that needs to be filled out giving the nurse permission to medicate your child. Our medication policy is on page 28 of the Thornton Central School Handbook. If it's absolutley necessary to send in medications to school with your child, call the nurse so she can make sure that she receives the medication when your child arrives at school. Children should not be carrying medications in school unless it is an inhaler or Epi Pen, and you have given permission for this to happen.