As we begin another productive school year, please allow me to share important information with our Kutztown families. There is a clear connection between health and learning. When a child or child’s family member is ill, the entire family is affected and it can affect the child’s concentration and ability to learn. In addition to known medical conditions that currently affect your child, it is helpful to keep the school nurse informed of any conditions that arise throughout the school year - medical, emotional, and behavioral -involving your child. Some examples are:
Medication taken regularly at home. Fractures, casts, crutches, sutures, splints. (Important for mobility in the event of school evacuation). Cardiac monitors worn during the school day. Contagious conditions. Results and follow-up of new medical testing.
Being healthy and having positive self-esteem are two important factors in being able to learn. Please be sure your student is well rested and nourished before coming to school each day. Eating a nutritious breakfast each morning is important for school success. Personal hygiene is essential for good health and self-esteem. Children need to be encouraged to be responsible to be clean: body, hair and teeth on a daily basis.
Important Health room information…
When children should stay home from school…If your child has had a fever over 99.9 they MUST stay home for 24 hours. They can return when they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. If your child has vomiting, diarrhea, or a severe cough your child should remain home for 24 hours.
Special Health Needs. If your child has specific health needs, please communicate with the nurse each year so that individual accommodations, care plans, emergency action plans, or programs can be arranged based on your child’s current status.
Medication at school. .. Requires a medical provider completed KASD form that can be sent home by request or obtained on the KASD website.
Food allergies, Snacks and Party Treats. Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools encourage parents and caregivers to promote healthy eating and provide healthy snacks for school snack time. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of the children in our school. Many parents like to send something to school so that the class can celebrate their child’s birthday or holiday party. If you wish to provide such a treat, please be aware that many children have food allergies. We suggest healthy, commercially prepared, individually wrapped treats with ingredients clearly listed. In this way, teachers can quickly certify that the contents are safe for all children in the class.
If you wish to send something that you’ve made yourself, please send the home made treats with a list of ingredients used to make the treats. You may also consider providing non-food items or purchasing a birthday book for the classroom. Pretzels, fruit snacks, and popcorn are examples of good treats to send. Please do not send in soda or candy.
Diagnosed communicable disease. Please report any diagnosed communicable disease (such as Strep throat, chicken pox) to the Nurse immediately. Do not return to school until treatment has occurred or there is documentation that the child is free of communicable disease/ excuse stating able to return to school.
Grades K, 1, & 2 …please keep an extra set of clothes, especially pants, underwear and socks, in your child’s backpack in case of any urinary accidents, lunchroom spills or contact with puddles at recess. The health room has only a small supply of emergency clothing and is depleted from time to time.
Please make sure the Health Room Form is complete and up to date.
Wishing you and your child (ren) a successful and healthy academic year.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
RN, CSN, Certified School Nurse
Greenwich Elementary 610.756.6948
Kutztown Elementary 610.683.3557
Kutztown Elementary School Health Services
Mrs. Tina Schmeck, RN CSN School Nurse
Kutztown Elementary School Monday, Wednesday,Thursday, & Fridays.
Greenwich Elementary School Most Tuesdays.
Ms. Vanessa Sherrer, RN Staff Nurse
Greenwich Elementary School Monday, Wednesday,Thursday, & Fridays.
Kutztown Elementary School Most Tuesdays.