The Lovett School Nurse will work with you, your child's physician and other school personnel to meet the health needs of your child during school hours so he/she can benefit fully from their educational program.
Please help the School Nurse by:
- Completing the Health Inventory and Food Allergy Forms annually. Should any changes occur during the year, please contact the nurse to update the information on this form
- Sharing with the Nurse if there is any event in the home or the family that may impact the child at school, such as birth, divorce, or death of a loved one or favorite pet
- Updating all contact information so that the nurse can get in touch with you if needed.
- Letting the nurse know if you have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as covid, strep, chicken pox, or conjunctivitis
- Letting the nurse know of any changes to medications, or a diagnosis of any new acute or chronic condition, such as a new life-threatening allergy
- Letting the nurse know your child has an injury requiring casting, sutures, or mobility assistance (crutches or wheelchair)
Life-Threatening Food Allergies:
Every year, Lovett Elementary has several students with significant food allergies. Reactions for these students can range from mild to life threatening. While Lovett is not an allergen free school, we have put several practices into place to help prevent allergic reactions.
- Classrooms with students with known food allergies are identified by a food allergy aware sign outside the door. In these classrooms, there will be no projects that utilize peanuts, nuts, or seeds.
- Our classrooms will review and practice consistent hand-washing skills. Each classroom will have towelettes to wipe down surfaces to decrease the risk of exposure
- The nurse has trained staff in the use of EPI Pens and how to recognize a life-threatening allergic response. An Emergency Health Care Plan is completed for each student with an identified allergic condition and teachers have copies of these in their classrooms.
- Please remind your children that food brought to school should not be shared or traded.
- Parents who send a lunch from home are free to pack foods of their choice. It is our hope that parents consider the severity of the food allergies and perhaps choose foods that do not contain peanut butter or nuts.
- If snacks are being sent for the whole class (birthday/parties), we would appreciate that you not send snacks that contain peanut butter or nuts, and send allergy safe foods. The nurse can provide suggestions for safe treats. You might also consider non-food celebrations such as games, trinkets, or book donations.
We want school to be a safe place for all children, and we look forward to working together with you to limit exposure and allergic reactions. We will provide updates throughout the year as needed. Should you have any questions regarding our allergy aware classrooms or food allergy safety, please contact the School Nurse at 713-295-5258
Illness and Injury at School
When a student becomes ill or injured during class, he/she is sent to the Clinic with a pass and is escorted by a student or staff, depending on the nature of the illness or injury. The nurse will assess the student's status and evaluate the best response to the situation. Minor cuts, scrapes do not generally result in a call home. If the situation warrants, the nurse will contact the parent to discuss the situation and discuss the best response to the illness/injury. Students should report any injuries sustained during school and school-related events as soon as possible to the nurse.
All injuries, beyond the simple scrape, bump, or bruise are reported to the parent/guardian. In certain situations, it may be necessary for the parent to pick up the student and take them home. A medical or dental referral is sent home with the student, when the nurse has assessed the situation and deemed medical follow-up to be warranted.
When deemed medically necessary, such as in the case of severe illness, injury, life-threatening allergic response, 911 will be called and the student will be transported. If any rescue medications are administered: EPI Pens, Diastat, or Glucogon, 911 will also be called.
There are four AED - Automatic External Defibulators located on the Lovett Campus. The nurse and other designated personnel are certified in CPR and trained in thus use of the AED. Lovett is also recognized as a Project Adam Heart Healthy School.
Lovett Wellness Newsletter
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December 2020 Lovett Health and Wellness Newsletter