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.