The health services staff is here to partner with you and the school faculty/staff to ensure a healthy and safe environment for your child to learn and grow. Each school building has a health office that is staffed by a nurse and is accessible to your child during school hours. Our goal is to help keep your child healthy and in school learning. If your child has a chronic health issue, concern or special needs, we will work with you and your doctor to ensure your child has his/her needs met. Please contact your child's nurse for any concerns at any time during the school year.
The Tooth Truck is coming
The Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck is coming to Republic Schools the week of February 12th, 2018. Specific dates for specific buildings will be determined based on number of applications.
The Tooth Truck provides comprehensive treatment, from cleanings and x-rays, to repairing cavities at no charge for qualifying families. Requirements for being seen and treated on the Tooth Truck are:
-Between the ages of 3 and 14 years
-Qualify for the free and reduced lunch at school
-Cannot be an established patient of a local dentist
-Cannot have private dental insurance
-Must complete a Tooth Truck application form
The Tooth Truck treats Medicaid-eligible and uninsured children. Children seen last year are not eligible for a routine check up but should apply if there is a new dental concern.
Please contact the nurse’s office if you are interested in completing an application form. The application must be returned to your building nurse by February 5th.
Your School Nurses
Don't let head lice (pediculosis) bug you.......
Head lice and treatment can be challenging. Anyone can get head lice but it usually comes from a close contact source. Often times, head lice will impact the family as a whole. Check all family members and treat those that are seen to have live lice. Nits should be addressed daily by picking out the nits. This is imperative to a successful treatment plan. It will take 7-10 days for nits (eggs) to hatch. If all nits within 1/2″ of the scalp are not removed, some may hatch and your child will be infested again. Check everyone in the house for head lice. Treat only household members with head lice and treat them all at once. Children need to stay home until the first treatment is completed AND no live lice are seen. Nits are not considered live lice and a student may attend school with nits. However, parents should continue removing nits daily at home.
Treatments: A prescription or store-bought lice killing products such as Rid or Nix is available. Follow the directions carefully. If it says to repeat in 7-10 days, you must do so along with nit picking. This is vital to breaking the life cycle. Sometimes, lice does not respond to over-the-counter treatments requiring a more ovacidal prescription treatment. Contact your healthcare provider for treatment advice. Click here for a list of effective treatments.
Exclusion from school: If live lice are seen, student will go home and be treated. The student may return the next day. Nits are not considered live lice and a student may attend school with nits. If nits are noted, parent contact will be made and rechecked by the school nurse in approximately 5 days.
Myth vs Truth
Myth: Lice can jump or fly.
Truth: Lice can NOT jump or fly, they only crawl.
Myth: Lice can live a long time off the body.
Truth: Lice can only live approximately 48 hours off the head. Lice only lay eggs when on the head. The eggs (nits) will not hatch if they fall of the head.
Myths: Lice can spread to or from out pets.
Truth: Lice does NOT spread from our animals or to our animals.
Myth: Cold water is best to kill lice.
Truth: It is HOT water and hot temp in the dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes in order to kill lice. Any items that can not be washed/dried, place in a dry sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.
Myth: Screening or checking whole classes will eliminate lice from the school setting.
Truth: Lice is always present. If a student exhibit signs of possible head lice, the student may be checked by the school health nurse. If a pattern or multiple cases occur in a specified class or environment, the school health nurse may check other students. According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) does not recommend mass screenings or classroom routine checks as best practice.
Source - Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases: A Guide for School Administrators, Nurses, Teachers, Child Care Providers, and Parents or Guardians; Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services-Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention
American Academy of Pediatrics Position Statement
Republic School Policy JHC-AP2
General information regarding school screenings.
Vision, hearing, and height/weight screenings are ongoing through out the school year with most screenings being done in the beginning of the school year by the nurse as time allows.
If any parent does not want their child to participate in routine general screenings that are conducted by the nurse through out the school year, please notify the building nurse where your child attends.
If outside agencies such as Saving Sight, MSU Vision Screeners or audiology are utilized for screenings, parents will be notified when their child's building will be participating in this opportunity with the date and consent papers.
School Policy JHC can be viewed in it's entirety here.