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.


  • SUNBLOCK:
    • 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.
  • INSECT REPELLENT:
    • 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.
  • WATER BOTTLES:
    • 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
  • RUNNING SHOES FOR PE AND RECESS:
    • 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. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm.  


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