The School Nursing Program supports the provision of quality health services in schools to promote student health and success (ODH, 2016). The Morrow County School Nursing Coalition, headed by Amy Briski, RN, is a collaboration between the school nurses of Mount Gilead, Highland, Cardington and Northmoor Local School Districts. If you have specific questions, please contact your student’s individual school nurse at the addresses below.
Keep children home if they have any of these signs:
- Seems very tired and needs bed rest
- Has vomiting or diarrhea
- Becomes short of breath or is wheezing
- Has a cough that disrupts normal activity
- Has distracting pain from earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury
- Has yellow or green drainage from eyes
- Has a temperature above 100.5°
- Or if child has contagious disease one that can be spread by close contact with a person or object.
- Examples: chicken pox, flu, vomiting, diarrhea, colds, strep throat, and “pink eye”
What are they?
- Itching of scalp may be first sign
- Yellowish-white insects that live on human scalp
- DO NOT HAVE WINGS. CANNOT FLY, HOP OR JUMP!
- Most often will see nits (eggs) laid by the lice
- Eggs are very close to scalp, eggs farther than 1/2 inch from scalp are probably hatched or dead.
- Nits are off white in color and attached to hair by cement-like substance
Who gets them?
- ANY PERSON regardless of age, income, social status, or cleanliness.
How do you get it?
- Lice are passed from direct personal contact (head-to-head, combs, hats, coats)
- Lice are NOT PASSED in swimming pools or animals: Lice do not cause disease, they are more of an embarrassment and nuisance
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
American dog tick transmits the bacteria for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. It is the most commonly encountered tick in Ohio, found in overgrown lots, along weedy roadsides, and hiking trails.
Blacklegged tick (deer tick) transmits the bacteria that causes anaplasmosis and Lyme disease and the parasite that causes babesiosis. Risk of encounter is greater in wooded or brushy areas and in the edge area between lawns and woods.
The Lone Star tick is most common is Southern Ohio in shady areas along roads, in meadows and woods. This tick can transmit the bacteria for Ehrlichiosis as well as other diseases.
Safe removal: Shield fingers with paper towel or use tweezers. Grasp tick close to skin, with steady pressure pull the tick straight up and out. Avoid crushing tick. DO NOT use hot match, cigarette, nail polish, petroleum jelly or any other product. After removing tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash hands with soap and water.