Monday, May 8, 2017


Now that winter is over, and we're heading outside to play, remember to be on the look-out for ticks. It is predicted that this year will see an increase in the number of ticks and tick-borne illnesses.  I have seen several students with ticks over the past couple weeks at MBS!

The most important tool against tick-borne illnesses (such as Lyme disease) is PREVENTION! Wear insect repellent, shower after being outside, and inspect your skin for ticks.

The Vermont Department of Health has a lot of information regarding tick bite prevention, removal, and treatment. At MBS I have copies of the 'Be Tick Smart' booklet and Tick identification cards that I'm happy to send home if you'd like a copy.

Monday, April 3, 2017

EpiPen Recall Alert

There is a new EpiPen recall which includes EpiPens distributed in the US. This affects both EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.

Please check your EpiPens at home. I will check the EpiPens at school and notify you if your child's pen is included in the recall.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Treating Head Lice

I created this video to provide the basics for treating head lice. I have more information available and can offer education and tips on treating. Feel free to contact me!

Friday, February 24, 2017

When should you keep your child home sick?

Malletts Bay School has seen an increase in illnesses,which is typical for a winter in Vermont. Sometimes it's difficult to decide when to send your child to school and when to keep them home sick. 

Here's a great new article that discusses when to keep your student home from school sick. 

The General Rule:
1. Fever-Anything higher than 100.4 without fever reducing medication (like tylenol or ibuprofen) (24 hours)
2. Vomiting or Diarrhea (24 hours)
3. Pain
4. A cough that won't stop

Keeping your sick child home prevents the spread of illness to other kids and to teachers and staff!

Friday, January 27, 2017

What Time Should Your Kids Go To Bed?

Sleep has been proven to be vital in helping kids succeed in school. Getting enough sleep is important for health, focus, and energy. 

Doctors recommend that children ages 3 to 6 need about 10-12 hours of sleep each night. And 7 to 12 year olds do best with 10-11 hours. Why? Not getting enough shut-eye can lead to weight gain, as well as taking a toll on their physical, emotional, and social health. 

Use this handy chart to help you decide what time your child should be going to bed to get the ideal amount of sleep. Obviously, some kids may need more or less sleep-this chart is meant as a guide using the recommended sleep amounts by age. 


                                                                                                                           Source: Wilson Elementary School.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dental Health Survey for Third Grade

MBS has been selected to participate in the 2016-17 Keep Smiling Vermont Dental Health Survey!

This program is a collaboration of the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Education to assesses the dental health of children in Vermont.

All 3rd grade students at MBS are offered a free dental screening as part of the survey. Families are encouraged to participate, even if they have a family dentist. A questionnaire and opt-out form are being sent home this week, as well as a FAQ sheet about the survey. Please complete the form and return to school-or you can fill out the form online at:

How does the survey work? A dental hygienist will look at your child's teeth using a disposable mirror and a new pair of gloves for each child. The screening takes about 1 minute, and the child can stop the screening at any time. No sharp instruments will be used, no dental treatments will be provided, and no x-rays will be taken. Each student who participates will receive a dental goody bag and the results of the screening. This screening does not take the place of a regular dental check-up by your dentist.

If you have questions about the Dental Health Survey program, please contact Robin Miller, Oral Health Director at (802) 863-7272 or

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Facts about Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is now popping up in the community. Below are some helpful facts about Pertussis. The Vermont Department of Health has more information about Pertussis. 

What is whooping cough? Whooping cough is a highly contagious illness caused by bacteria. It mainly affects the respiratory system (the organs that help you breathe). 

Are whooping cough and pertussis the same thing? Whooping cough is the common name for pertussis. 

Who can get whooping cough? People of all ages can get whooping cough. 

How serious is whooping cough? Whooping cough can be very serious, especially for babies and young kids. Whooping cough can cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death. Less serious illness can occur in older children and in those who have been vaccinated. 

What are the symptoms of whooping cough? Children and others with whooping cough can have severe coughing spells that make it hard to eat, drink, breathe, or sleep. Sometimes they cough and then gag or make a “whooping” sound when breathing in. This sound is how the disease got its name. Babies younger than 6 months may or may not cough. Instead, they may have gagging or life-threatening pauses in breathing or struggle to breathe. Some babies may turn blue because they don’t get enough oxygen and can’t catch their breath. Older kids and adults may just have a bad cough that lasts for multiple weeks, 

How soon do symptoms appear? Symptoms usually start 5 to 21 days (average 7 to 10 days) after being around someone with whooping cough. 

How does whooping cough spread? You can get whooping cough from breathing in pertussis bacteria. This germ comes out of the mouth and nose when someone who has whooping cough sneezes or coughs. 

How is whooping cough treated? Whooping cough is generally treated with antibiotics (a medicine to kill germs in the body). It’s important to start taking the medicine as soon as possible to slow the spread of the disease. Early treatment may also make the symptoms less severe. 

How is whooping cough prevented? Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of whooping cough. Using good health manners also helps slow the spread of whooping cough—wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home when you’re sick. 

Are some people at higher risk from whooping cough? It is most dangerous for babies under the age of six months. Pregnant women and people who spend a lot of time with babies need to be vaccinated so they can help to protect these babies. Some people with other health conditions can also get dangerously sick from whooping cough. 

What if I was exposed to someone who has whooping cough? It depends what kind of exposure. Call your health care provider to ask whether or not you should take medicine that can prevent you from getting whooping cough. 

What should I do if I have a cough? If you have symptoms, such as a cough and fever, stay away from babies, pregnant women and people who are at higher risk for getting whooping cough until you have been seen by a health care provider. 

What should I do if I think someone in my family has whooping cough? If you think you or one of your family members has whooping cough, call your health care provider. Try to stay away from other people until the illness is evaluated. Whooping cough is a possibility if someone has a bad cough, especially if it lasts longer than two weeks, or if the coughing happens in spells followed by gagging or difficulty catching the breath.