Health

Notes from the nurse's desk:

Dear parents or guardians,

You may call the nurse for any questions you might have in regard to your child's health.

HEALTHY HABITS:

  • EAT NUTRITIOUS FOODS
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR WHILE PLAYING SPORTS
  • SIT IN THE BACK SEAT AND WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT
  • PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
  • MAKE GOOD CHOICES
  • GET AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP EACH NIGHT
  • VISIT HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS REGULARLY

GOOD HAND WASHING

 

Dirty hands are the common cause of spreading germs and infections! When you wash your hands, do this:

  1. Wet hands under warm running water
  2. Add soap to kill germs
  3. scrub for at least 15 seconds; scrub the front and back, scrub between your fingers, scrub your wrists.
  4. Rinse well under warm running water
  5. Dry hands with a clean towel.

Immunizations

"According to South Carolina state law, every students MUST present a valid South Carolina Certificate of immunization showing the minimum immunization requirements at the time of school entrance. If the student is entering from another South Carolina school, he/she must submit an immunization record at registration. Failure to comply will result in disenrollment."--School District of Pickens County

  • One (1) dose of varicella vaccine received on or after the first birthday or positive history of disease for all children admitted to kindergarten, first, sixth, and seventh grades.
  • Three (3) doses of hepatitis B vaccine for all children admitted to kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades.
  • Refer to your handbook (page28) for all other required immunizations for school. If you think your child may need up-to-date immunizations, please contact your family physician or the County Health Department. (898-5968)


Head Lice

Winter months can bring about increasing incidences of head lice because children tend to share hats, combs and brushes more often. Lice do not jump, hop, or fly. The only way for head lice to spread is by direct contact of person to person or person to object such as hats combs, brushes, pillows, or other objects that come in contact with hair. To protect the confidentiality of all students the school does not conduct classroom checks for head lice. It is a good general rule for parents to check children’s hair each week for head lice or nits. If you notice your child scratching, especially around the neckline and ears, you may want to check more frequently.

Head lice are usually brown or grayish-white and the size of a small ant. Nits (lice eggs) are shiny, grayish-white and look like dandruff but cannot be flicked off. If one person in the house has head lice or nits, the whole family should be checked. There are over-the-counter treatments for head lice or you may call your physician for advice on treatment.

To avoid the spread of head lice, frequently remind children to not share any objects that come in contact with hair. If your child goes to a sleep over, it is a good practice to send their pillow and remove and wash the pillow case immediately upon returning home. Contrary to belief, head lice are more commonly spread in the home rather than in the school setting.

If your child has head lice, please contact the school nurse for more help.