September 8, 2014 - A virus that swept across Colorado and sent nearly 1,000 children to the hospital is expected to become a nationwide problem.
According to the news the virus has not been officially identified, but officials suspect that it is the rare human enterovirus 68 (HEV68). The virus is related to rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.
The virus causes severe respiratory illness especially in those with asthma. Doctors are unsure exactly how the virus spreads, but suspect that it has been aided by students returning to school.
"Parents should be extra careful and make sure kids do basic sanitary practices such as washing hands and covering the nose while sneezing or coughing. Health departments are recommending also to avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing utensils and cups with people who are sick and stay home when feeling sick as opposed to going to work or school."
Indiana Healthcare Toolbox helps schools, nonprofit groups and community organizations connect uninsured families to Indiana’s public health insurance programs.
The toolbox provides families and professionals information on what programs are available and who is eligible, while giving professionals the tools they need to locate and direct those families on where to apply for coverage.
Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of your child's day? It provides the nutrients and energy he/she needs to concentrate in school. Research even shows that kids who eat breakfast get better grades, pay more attention in class, and behave better. Help your child begin his/her day on the right foot.
Make Time - Set the alarm to allow 10-15 unhurried minutes for breakfast. Suggest several healthy breakfast items, and let your child choose. Tip: If your youngster doesn't like to make decisions first thing in the morning, give him breakfast choices the night before.
Make It Healthy - Give your child a mix of protein (such as milk, eggs, cheese, or meat) and carbohydrates (whole-grain cereal, fruit, or whole-wheat bread). The carbohydrates boost energy and help your child jump-start his day, while the protein keeps his body going strong until lunchtime.
It is important that parents, or someone else, can be reached if an emergency should arise. Please make sure all emergency phone numbers are accurate. If there are any changes, please send them to the school immediately.
If you are going to be away for the day and are unable to be contacted, it would be helpful to send in a note with a contact person and their number should the need arise.
- Health Form - (PDF)
- Health Form - Spanish (PDF) Formulario De Salud
- Medication Authorization - (PDF) Physician/Parent for Administration of Medication by School Personnel
- Medication Authorization - Spanish (PDF) - Autorizacion de Doctor / Guardian para Administrar Medicamento de parte de Personal en la Escuela
- Objection to Immunizations - (PDF) Parent/Guardian Objection to Immunization Required by Indiana Law
- Objection to Immunizations - Spanish (PDF) Objecion A Vacunas Exigidos Por La Ley De Indiana Para Padres / Guardianes
- Permission to release information to the Indiana State Dept of Health's Children and Hoosiers Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP) - (PDF)
- Permission to release information to the Indiana State Dept of Health's Chidlren and Hoosiers Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP) - Spanish (PDF)
Snacking is often regarded as a bad behavior and restricted or eliminated from our diets. However, snacks can be an important part of our nutritious eating plan if the foods we choose are healthy and contribute to a well-balanced diet. Healthy snacks provide extra energy for exercise or help sustain energy until we eat a meal. Click here for a list of 'Healthy Snacks'.
All children are required by state law to have completed immunizations to attend public school. If your child is due for an immunization, please do so as soon as possible. Once your child receives the immunization, please send in documentation from your healthcare provider for his/her health record. This will prevent them from being excluded from attending school. It is recommended by the corporation that all kindergarten students have a physical and dental examination.
Meningococcal for 2013-14
Meningococcal for 2013-14 (Spanish)
Immunization Requirements for 2014-2015 School Year
Requerimientos Mínimos de las Vacunas del Año Escolar 2014-2015
Spring is here and the end of school is just around the corner. This is also the time of year that many parents are looking for summer child care and may be wondering if their child is old enough to stay home alone. Click here for more information. (PDF)
In the event your child may need to take medication while in school, please follow this procedure:
- Submit a note from the doctor and from the parent giving the nurse permission to administer the medication. Include the name of drug, dosage amount, time it is to be given and any special instructions.
- You may send the medication with your child to school on the bus or personally bring it in.
- The medication must be in its orginal container from the pharmacy. Pills in plastic bags will not be accepted.
If you have questions or concerns with the above topics please feel free to contact the school your child attends and ask to speak with the school nurse on duty.
The sites listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The Internet should enhance, not replace, the partnership between parents and their own physicians.