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Notes from the Nurse

Important Reminders!

 

Please keep the Office and Health Room staff aware of

any changes in phone numbers

In an emergency, it is vitally important that our information is current.



All Pre-Schoolers, Kindergartners, 1st Graders, 3rd Graders, and 5th Graders will have state or district mandated health screenings performed. If any problems are noted, the School nurse will notify you.

Family Responsibilities/Food allergies

Definition

A food allergy is defined as a reaction of the body’s immune system to a certain component, usually a protein, in a food or ingredient1 . The foreign particle triggers the body to produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) which then triggers other cells to release substances that cause inflammation. A food allergy is not an intolerance or sensitivity, as these do not trigger an IgE immune response. Reactions can differ in severity and the most severe anaphylactic reactions can be life-threatening. A licensed physician must determine and provide documentation of a student’s life-threatening food allergy.

 

Family Responsibility

  • Inform school of student’s life-threatening food allergy and complete necessary medical forms annually. Provide physician documentation of student’s allergy and treatment for reactions.

  • Annually, at the beginning of each school year, have a licensed physician complete and sign the “Special Diet Prescription Form” and return copies to the school nurse. Copies will be sent to the school cafeteria manager and Food and Nutrition Services-Special Needs Dietitian. This form can be accessed from the district website, the school nurse, and school cafeteria manager.

  • Provide school with medication authorization form signed by physician, medications, and emergency contact information. Update school of any changes to student’s condition or treatment for reactions.

  • When appropriate, provide the school with a letter requesting community support for providing snacks that are free of the allergen in question (see the school administration for distribution).

 

Student Responsibility

  • Take as much responsibility as possible for avoiding potential allergens by not trading or sharing foods and washing hands before and after eating.

  • Learn to recognize symptoms of allergic reactions and inform an adult if an exposure to an allergen or reaction occurs. If age appropriate, learn how to self-administer treatment

Mission Statement

APS Nurses uniquely enhance the educational process by utilizing a standards/evidence based practice to help students achieve academic excellence and promote a quality, safe learning and working environment for APS students.