School Nurse Pam Murphy, RN

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ConVal District Covid – 19 Parent Guide:

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Please use this link for contact information, forms and other district health information. 

https://convalsd.net/student-services/health-services/

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HEALTH OFFICE INFORMATION

Pam Murphy, RN

MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

LiceLetterpdf                      Parent Guidelines for student illness 20-21

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The PES School Nurse is a Registered Nurse, licensed by the State of New Hampshire, who advocates for children’s health in the educational setting. The goal of the health office is to advance the well being and academic success of our students, and to help prepare them for a productive and healthy future.

Healthy students are more able to be successful in every aspect of one’s school and home life. The health office encourages students to develop healthy eating habits, get sufficient sleep, see their health care provider and dentist regularly, practice good hygiene and wear appropriate clothing for our variable New England weather.

The School Nurse monitors communicable disease, maintains health records, provides individualized nursing services for students with disabilities and/or health conditions and attends to illnesses and injuries that occur at school. In addition, she provides students, staff and parents with relevant health and safety education.  Parents are welcome to call or visit the Health Office anytime with information or questions about their children’s health.

Records of Immunizations and Physical Examinations
The School Nurse is responsible for implementing state laws and expectations regarding immunizations and physical examination.
Before a child is allowed to start school at PES, parents must provide written documentation of all immunizations and a physical within one year of school entry from a health care provider.

Illnesses

School attendance is very important and we want students to be in school every day! 

The main reasons for keeping your child home from school are:

1. He or she is too sick to be comfortable and able to learn at school.
2. He or she might spread a contagious disease to the other children.

Because of these health and safety concerns, no child should attend school if he/she has any of the following conditions: a fever (which is a temperature of 100.0 or higher); a sore throat or earache; a serious cold or cough; vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours; or any kind of skin rash. Sick children will be sent home from school. The School Nurse may require a doctor’s note prior to a student returning to school. Please call the school nurse, Pam Murphy, with any questions about whether or not your child should be in school.

Sore throats are very common throughout childhood; however, it is important to be alert for a streptococcus or “strep” infection that can only be accurately diagnosed through a throat culture. If your child is diagnosed with a strep or any other infection requiring antibiotics, the prescribed antibiotics must be taken for the full length of time prescribed by the doctor.

Children may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics and when their temperature has been normal without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours.

Please remember to always make sure that the school knows how to reach you (or an emergency contact person) during the day, especially if your child has not been well.

Please remember to notify PES of your child’s absence by telephone, email or PickUp Patrol. And, for 5 or more consecutive days of absence due to illness, we need a doctor’s note.