Thursday, May 17, 2018

MBS Immunization Report 2017-18

Below is the link to view the 2017-18 vaccination rates for Malletts Bay School. MBS is at or above the Vermont average for vaccination coverage.




Monday, May 7, 2018

Protect from Ticks

The Vermont Department of Health is reminding people about the return of ticks with the warmer spring weather. Please remember how to protect yourself and your family from tickborne illnesses. 



The best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. In Vermont, tickborne illnesses are most often transmitted between early spring and late fall since ticks are most active during warm months.
Take action to decrease your risk of infection. Wear a repellent containing up to 30% DEET, check your body daily for ticks, and limit your exposure to ticks and tick habitats.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Illness at MBS





Cold and Flu season is in full swing. Malletts Bay school is seeing an increase of students with cold and flu symptoms.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, sore throat, cough, chills, muscle aches, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea. Unsure if it's a cold or the flu? Here's a helpful chart

In order to prevent the spread of illness, please keep your child home when they are sick. They need to stay home at least 24 hours after a fever ends (without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil). 

The best treatment for the flu is rest and fluids at home. If your child has an underlying condition such as asthma, they may need to be seen by their doctor. Think it's the flu, but not sure what to do? Follow these helpful guidelines from the Vermont Department of Health: What to Do About the Flu

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MBS Winter Clothing Swap

Public Domain Clip Art Image | Talking Girl in Warm Sports Clothes ...
Malletts Bay School
Winter Clothes Swap

Clothing will be set up in the Cafeteria. Take what you need, leave what you can!

During Parent/Teacher Conferences November 20th and 21st


Please bring in any winter clothing before or during the drive. Donations can be dropped off with Nurse Josie.

Items Wanted: Winter coats, snow pants, boots,
hats and mittens.

Please donate only clean, lightly worn gear.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Allergy Aware Classrooms

You might have received a letter this year indicating that your student is in an "Allergy Aware Classroom".  This is a district wide change that was made last year and was very successful! Prior to last year, if a student had allergies, we would make that class 'allergy free' which meant that no snacks or food containing the allergen were allowed at all into the classroom. We felt this created a false sense of security for students with allergies and also doesn't help them or their classmates learn how to manage allergies in a real world setting.

We worked with Dr. Elizabeth Jaffe from Timberlane Pediatrics to create 'Allergy Aware' classrooms which focus on how to properly manage foods around students with allergies without completely banning them from the classroom.

           The 3 primary factors of an Allergy Aware classroom are 
                      1. Handwashing 
                      2. Keeping your snack space clean 
                      3. Not sharing snacks. 

Shared snacks for special celebrations (ie Birthdays) are still ok, as long as they don't contain the allergen so that everyone in the classroom can enjoy the treat!  Please check with me 2-3 days before special treats are brought in so that I can verify their safety. 

I created a video to help teach students what an Allergy Aware classroom is and what they can do to help keep classmates safe which you can see below.

Thanks for your help in keeping all our students at MBS safe! 




Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome Back Ospreys!

                     

I hope you had a fun and healthy summer! I'm so excited for the start of the school year and can't wait to see all of our new and returning students!

Here's a few reminders from the health office:                  

Health Forms:
Please complete the annual online registration forms including the health forms. This is the form that will update me on any health changes or concerns and also gives me permission to give over the counter medications at school. The link for the Student Registration/Annual Verification is right on the MBS homepage.

Allergies at MBS:
I will be sending home classroom letters on the first day of school to classes that will be Allergy Aware. At MBS we take allergies very seriously and have"Allergy Aware" classrooms which will focus on hand-washing, not sharing snacks, and keeping snack spaces clean. Any shared snacks for special occasions MUST be pre-approved by the nurse. Please let me know if you have any questions about allergies in your child's classroom.


Medications:
 If your child takes medication at school (including inhalers or epi-pens for allergies) I will need an updated physician order for the medications. All medications need to be brought to school by a parent, and need to be in the original packaging with a pharmacy label.


Extra Clothing:
I have very limited 'extra' clothing in the health office. Please consider sending an extra set in your child's backpack if you think this might be needed. If I do loan your student clothing during the school year, kindly wash and return.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns! I'm reached most easily by email at josie.lang@colchestersd.org. You can also call the health office at 264-5904.

Josie Lang, RN
MBS School Nurse