THIRD STREET SCHOOL HEALTH OFFICE NEWS
Ms. Dana Untamo RN, BSN
Third Street School Health Office
Belvidere School District
908-475-0104 ext. 3013 (between 7:55-2:45pm)
Give Kids a Smile Day is Friday February 3rd
This program offers free dental care for children ages 12 and younger. For more information and a list of participating dentists visit www.njda.org or see the school nurse.
How To Protect Yourself and Others
(From the CDC)
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 15-20 seconds. Use alcohol based sanitizer is soap and water are not available
Avoid touching the “T-Zone” with unwashed hands. This includes your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay away from people who are sick.
Causes of the Common Cold
Many different viruses can cause the common cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common. Rhinoviruses can also trigger asthma attacks and have been linked to sinus and ear infections. Other viruses that can cause colds include respiratory syncytial virus, human parainfluenza viruses, and human metapneumovirus.
Viruses that cause colds can spread from infected people to others through the air and close personal contact. You can also get infected through contact with stool (poop) or respiratory secretions from an infected person. This can happen when you shake hands with someone who has a cold, or touch a doorknob that has viruses on it, then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please!
Most illnesses are caused by two kinds of germs: bacteria or viruses.
Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections - NOT viral infections.
Bacteria causes strep throat, some pneumonia and sinus infections.
Antibiotics can work.
Viruses cause the common cold, most coughs and the flu.
Antibiotics don't work.
Using antibiotics for a virus will NOT cure the infection!
Q. What's the harm in giving your child antibiotics anytime?
A. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. These resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill. They can stay in your child’s body and can cause severe illnesses that can’t be cured with antibiotics. A cure for resistant bacteria may require stronger treatment – and possibly a stay in the hospital. To help prevent antibiotic resistance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recommends giving your child antibiotics only when necessary.
BUYING LUNCH IN SCHOOL
Maschio's, our food service company, is incorporating a "farm to school" program using more fresh, local produce. School lunches will also contain less fat, sodium, and calories as well as more whole grains than previously. They have a great website that you can visit for more information about the foods that your child is being served in school at www.maschiofood.com.
A NOTE FROM MASCHIO'S:
If your child has a life-threatening food allergy, the safest meal is one packed from home; however, we understand this is not always feasible. You may contact our dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and concerns. You should also refer to our food services website at http://www.maschiofood.com/nutrition.php and click the nutrition information tab to preview labels and products for the meals served in the cafeteria.
REMINDER: If your child requires medications during school, a medication authorization form will need to be filled out and signed by your child's doctor. These forms are available in the health office and also on the website here below. Feel free to contact me with any concerns.
Please be sure to notify the Health Office of any changes in your child's health history. This information helps to ensure your child's safety at school and allows a better understanding about symptoms that your child may report during the school day.
Reminder: This year we are strongly enforcing the wellness policy as mandated by the State of New Jersey and asking families to celebrate birthdays in class with non-edible treats or donating a favorite story to the classroom library and sharing a special storytime. This change will also prevent any food allergy concerns. Consideration for the safety of all the children at Third Street School remains our highest priority.
Parenting Resource from the State of NJ: I'd like to introduce everyone to "Parent Link" found at www.njparentlink.nj.gov, this informative website is available from the state with the goal of linking parents and families to available resources. The resources range from health and wellness or parenting support to food, income, and mortgage assistance.
Thank you for working with me to keep our community healthy and safe! Please feel free to call me at any time!