Coordinated School Health Program

MSAD 75 Coordinated School Health Program

**Influenza 2018**


Is It a Cold or the Flu?  Should I Send My Child to School?

The flu season is going to be a particularly tough one this year and we are already seeing cases among students and employees in M.S.A.D. No. 75 schools.  If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are better.  Influenza is highly contagious, and the contagious period in children lasts up to 7 days!

The Maine CDC created a quick little check list to help determine if your child might have the flu.

Does your child have a fever of 100 degrees or more without Tylenol or Ibuprofen?     □ Yes □ No

 

Does your child have a cough?                                                                                               □ Yes □ No

 

Does your child have a sore throat?                                                                                      □ Yes □ No

 

Does your child have stomach ache and vomiting?                                                             □ Yes □ No

 

Does your child have body aches, a headache, fatigue, or a runny or stuffy nose?         □ Yes □ No

 

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  If you checked yes to:                 Fever of 100 degrees or more

                                                          AND                                                        

                                                            Any other symptoms

  Then your child may have an influenza-like illness.  KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FOR 24 HOURS AFTER THE FEVER RESOLVES WITHOUT THE USE OF MEDICATION, AND THEY ARE NO LONGER COUGHING UP SECRETIONS. 

  If you checked yes to only one of the questions above, or if your child is ill with other symptoms, KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME AT LEAST ONE DAY TO OBSERVE FOR ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS.  If additional symptoms develop, use the check list again to decide whether to continue to keep your child at home.

Here Are A Few Steps EVERYONE SHOULD FOLLOW to Minimize Spreading Germs:     mask emoji

  • Teach your child to cough and sneeze into their elbow, not their hand.
  • Wash your hands often.  Use hand sanitizer or wash hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Practice “social distancing”.   If you do have to be around others, avoid close contact.  Do not share phones, pens, snacks, chap sticks, and other personal items.

Remember…it’s not too late to get a flu shot.  For more information go to: www.MaineFlu.gov

 

From the M.S.A.D. No. 75 Health and Wellness Team   

“We believe healthy people make better learners – when we feel well, we work and learn well.”




You cannot learn if you are focused on not feeling well.
Mary Booth, District Coordinator
 
A Coordinated School Health Program is a proven, effective approach designed to increase and protect the health of students, staff, and families by maximizing resources and expertise of all stakeholders. This approach highlights prevention via education and collaboration, to support student health and academic success. 
 
Eight interrelated component areas work together to reduce barriers to health and academic learning via policy and environmental supports.
 
  • School Climate
  • School Counseling, Physical & Behavioral Health Services
  • Comprehensive School Health Education
  • Physical Environment
  • Health Promotion & Wellness
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Youth, Family and Community Involvement
  • School Nutrition Services 

Announcements

Looking for Registered Nurses to Help Sub
Are you a registered nurse? Do you have some free time during the week when you are available to work? MSAD 75 is looking for substitute nurses. Learn more by calling Karen Kilmer in Human Resources, at 729-9961 x271.


ALLERGY AWARE CLASSROOMS
Teachers of students with allergies will maintain an Allergy Aware Classroom. If parents wish to provide a snack for the whole class, they are encouraged to contact the school nurse for pre-approval of the snack item before the event. This will allow the nurse time to research ingredients and determine whether or not the snack is acceptable for the student(s) with allergies.

To view MSAD 75 allergy management procedures, click on the Allergy Management Folder on this page.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training
Any employee of a Maine school system must receive Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training. Please view the training materials and when you are finished, meet with a school counselor for certification approval.


Wellness Tip from Lisa West, Member of the District Health and Wellness Team
Are your kids getting tired of the same old boring sandwiches (and parents , are you growing tired of finding uneaten sandwiches in the lunchbox!)? Try these fun ideas and tips to make packed lunches exciting!
Spice up that PB&J by trading out the jelly for sliced apples, pears or bananas. This is a great way to include fruit in the meal while cutting down on the sugar(especially high fructose corn syrup).
Put a sticker on it! A recent study showed that kids will choose fruit over cookies when it has a sticker of a cartoon character on it. Kids notice packaging, so use this to your advantage and put a sticker of their favorite character on a bag of carrots or other healthy food.


Entrovirus 68 - Learn the Facts
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. It can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. 

As we enter cold and flu season, it is critical everyone cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Make sure to wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. And throw away dirty tissues immediately after use.

For more information on the EV-D68, go to: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/documents/EVD68-fact-sheet_final_91814.doc
 
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