Update from the school nurse

Hello Excelsior families! This is an update from your school nurse.


We are having many students with the same symptoms including:

  • headache
  • sore throat
  • nausea
  • body aches
  • stomach ache
  • some students are experiencing a fever with these symptoms, some are not

What should you do?

  • Teach your kids how to properly wash their hands (soap/water, scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing) and remind them to wash frequently at home and at school
  • Remind them not to share any drinks or food with class mates
  • Encourage them to drink a lot of water or other non-sugary drink to stay hydrated
  • Make sure they are going to bed early enough to get adequate amount of sleep
  • Keep them at home until their temperature is normal (without acetaminophen or ibuprofen) for at least 24 hours. These medications will hide a fever even though the child is still contagious
  • Keep them home if they are vomiting or having diarrhea
  • You may send your child to school with the symptoms listed at the top IF they do not have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. However, you may decide to keep your child home anyway if the other symptoms are severe enough to interfere with their learning.

Seventh graders are required by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to have the Tdap and meningococcal vaccinations AND the school must receive documentation of them on or before September 4, 2019 (30th day of school). They will not be allowed to come to school after that date if we do not have verification of these vaccines. Thank you in advance for keeping your student in school and healthy with this important prevention!
I have linked information here about the required vaccinations for your reference:

Please give me the information I need to help your students with special medical needs to stay healthy and present at school! Our school health and safety policy is available for reference here.  If your child has severe allergies, asthma, diabetes, another medical condition, or requires medications to be available while at school (even if they carry the medication with them) I need to be notified to ensure we have the proper documentation and safety plans in place. If I haven’t been notified of your needs at this point, please email me as soon as possible to request a meeting so we can discuss your needs. Complete confidentiality is my priority. I will not share any health information with anyone who is not involved in your student’s health plan.  Below is copied from our policy in regards to parent’s responsibilities.

“2.09 Special Medical Needs of Students

1. Notification of Health Conditions

It is the parent’s or guardian’s responsibility at the beginning of the school year to inform the [Nurse], School Director or the child’s teacher if there are medical conditions that require special measures such as dietary or activity restrictions at school for the student. A school nurse is available for health consultation…”
My hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. I am willing to meet outside of those hours if needed with advance notice.
Thank you so much! Please reach out to me or the main office with any questions or concerns.
Yours in health,

Rebecca Owensby, Excelsior Classical Academy School Nurse