Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I See Sun!

Hopefully we are heading into the warmer weather (which I have been waiting for)! I just want to post the reminders for the increased outdoor time, including PE, here at PPS.

    • If you want to apply at home and have it reapplied at school, please send sunblock and a note.
    • Often teachers or aides will apply it for students.
    • If you want me to apply it, your child needs to remember to come to me. It gets so busy around recesses, that I don't have time to call a large number of children down.
    • If your child can apply their own sunblock, please remind them not to share it, as not all parents want it applied.
    • I do have a bottle of sunblock in my office. If you forget to apply or send it, you can call me and I will apply mine to your child.
    • I do not have insect repellent in my office.
    • You need to bring the repellent in with a note if you want it applied at school.
    • As with sunblock, I will apply it if your child comes to me before going outside.
    • Please do not send this in your child's back pack. The chemicals in insect repellent are very strong and should not be carried on the bus.
    • I push hydration all the time, but it is especially important when the children are playing hard in the heat.
    • We have places to refill water bottles throughout the school, even a filtered filling station in the cafeteria
    • In this heat many students come in flipflops or sandals. Through the years, I have seen many injuries from tripping or breaking that type of shoe, especially the flipflops.
    • I strongly encourage students to have a good pair of sneakers that they can change into for PE and/or recess. It is much safer for all the running games.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Coming Back to School

Coming back to school:

Welcome back! Hope you had a healthy vacation. I always wish for all students to come back healthy, but, unfortunately, that rarely happens. Even though we are coming off a long vacation, please keep your child home if he/she is ill.
The main illnesses I was seeing before the break were:
  • GI illness which ranged from crampy stomachs to diarrhea and vomiting or anything in between. Rarely was a fever present.
  • Fever illness which started as just a persistent headache and then the fever appeared. It often spiked into the 103-104 range.
  • Cold/flu-like symptoms. Flu-like illness means you have the symptoms of the flu. Diagnosis of influenza requires a laboratory test. I have included some information below about the Influenza that is going through our country this year and how to decide what you need to do.
We cleaned the school well over break and will continue to wipe down surfaces regularly, so we will do our best to keep everyone healthy.

Influenza (the flu):

The most recent information from the CDC indicates "widespread flu (influenza) activity" in Vermont and across the country.  

Here's a few reminders to help keep your family healthy.
  • Wash your hands frequently!! This is the BEST way to keep yourself (and your family) healthy. Lather for 20 seconds; don't forget your thumbs, fingernails, and the back of your hands; turn off the faucet with a paper towel. 
  • If you haven't received your flu shot, please consider getting one to help prevent the spread of flu. Even though the effectiveness is lower this year (about 30%)  it is still better than zero protection.  
  • Please remember to keep your child home if he or she is sick. Your child should not return to school until at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved (without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Advil)

Is it a cold or the flu?  Should you call your child's pediatrician?  

Click on the  Flu Decision Chart

What are the serious warning signs of flu?  If you or your child has these symptoms, get treatment at the nearest emergency room right away.  Flu symptoms and complications

Friday, December 22, 2017

Bright Futures information


Healthy students are better learners. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures recommends an annual well-child exam to address the physical, social and emotional needs of students. Doing so promotes attendance, enhances the student's ability to fully access and enjoy the educational experience and promotes better academic outcomes. Bright Futures

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The current stomach bug

This week, Porters Point School has had a number of students experiencing symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and stomach aches/cramping at school. The illness appears to be lasting about 24 to 48 hours, although when just having cramping it can last longer. The cramping seems to last because the children continue to eat their normal diet and the cramping occurs after eating. If you change the child’s diet to bland, with lots of clear liquids, the cramping resolves more quickly


While there is not lab confirmation at this time, these symptoms are typical of a gastrointestinal virus, such as norovirus. The illness is most commonly spread by having direct contact with a person who is infected and showing symptoms, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then placing hands in mouth, or eating contaminated foods or liquids. In order to prevent the spread of this virus in your home and at school, please follow these basic prevention strategies:

 Wash hands after using the toilet.


Wash hands before handling food or ice.


Wash hands before eating.


Refrain from food handling duties if currently ill and for 3 days after diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.


Discard foods that have been handled or prepared by someone who is or has recently had vomiting or diarrhea.


Promptly clean and disinfect any surfaces that become soiled with vomit or diarrhea.


Ill staff and children should remain at home until 24 hours after diarrhea and/or vomiting cease, or until stools are formed.

Measures are being taken at the school to prevent further spread of the illness. Please contact your medical provider if your child has ongoing symptoms or if you have any concerns about their health. Please call me,  Mary Axworthy, at (802)264-5923 if you have any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Falls involving the head

With ice, snow and very wet floors, I am starting to see more falls, many of which involve the head. As you know I always call, even for minor head injuries, just to be safe. I thought I would share with you a very informative resource for your to check out if you would like more information. It is the CDC website and I really like their presentation.

Hopefully, we will all have fun enjoying the winter weather that has finally arrived, without any major mishaps. I must admit, I am enjoying the cold and snow.

Monday, October 16, 2017


Hello and welcome!

I have started a new blog for PPS Health Office and hope to supply some important information. I look forward to caring for your children while they are at Porters Point School!

Here are three important health rules:

  • Our 24 hour rule is that you need to keep your child home until they have been free of fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, for 24 hours without any medications to relieve the symptoms. 
  • If your child's classroom has any food restrictions, please fill out the Food Ingredients/Label Verification Form and send it to me in the school folder or email at least 48 hours before you bring in the snack. You can find the form by clicking on this link Food ingredients/label verification form.
  • Any medications, including over the counter medications, need to be brought to the school by an adult, not sent with the student. This is for the safety of our students and to be sure I am aware, and in possession of, any medication your child needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me either by phone, (802)264-5923, or by email, Please be aware that I can't send medical information by email, as ours is not a secure email.