What is Pertussis or whooping cough?
Pertussis is a bacterial infection that is spread like and has the symptoms like the commaon cold. Then the child/adult develops a cough which worsens to the point of vomitting and difficulty catching their breath. The name whooping cough comes from the high pitched whoop at the end of the cough as the indiviual tries to take in a breath. While annoying for most healthy adults and older children, it can be deadly to infants under 1 y/o. Talk to your Dr. about the vaccine.Back to Top
How often does my child need a physical?
All students entering grades K,2,4,7,10 are required to have a new physical exam on file at school.Any student playing sports MUST have a physical every year. A physical is valid for a full year from the date of that exam.ie: if Suzy had her physical on April 4th, 2010, then that exam is valid until April 3rd, 2011. however, if Suzy gets hurt between those dates, a medical note clearing her after that injury has healed will be required before return to play.Back to Top
Where do I get a physical for my student?
You can have your priamry care doctor do the students physical.We also offer physicals at school periodically with Dr. Greitzer, our medical director.Most often these are the few weeks prior to the start of a new sports season. But we offer them periodically throughout the year also.Back to Top
How do I prevent the flu?
First and foremost, GOOD AND FREQUENT HANDWASHING.Use the yardstick rule; If someone is showing signs of a cold or flu, stay 3 feet away, or a yardstick away.Waterless hand sanitizers are only recommended if soap and water are not available immediately.Back to Top
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Any flu presents with cold like symptoms; sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, fever, body aches are a few of the more common symptoms. If you have a bad case of the flu, you can develop high fevers and chills along with these other symptoms.Back to Top
What is the swine flu?
The Swine Flu, or H1N1 virus, is just a form of the flu we see every year. It presents with the same respiratory symptoms as every other flu, and should be treated the same as all other flus.Back to Top
When do I keep my student home from school?
Obviously, if your student is vomitting, has diarrhea, has a fever, or is coughing incessantly, they should remain home. Any contagious condition such as strep throat, or pink eye should be treated for no less than 24 hours before returning to school.Back to Top
How long should my child stay out after a fever?
The rule of thumb that we use throughout the district, The child should be free of a fever (without Medicine)for 24 hours.Back to Top
Can my child return to school the next day after vomitting/diarrhea?
The student should not return for 24 hours after the last episode or either vomitting or diarrhea. The viral infection can still be transmitted during that time.Back to Top
Who do I contact if I need health insurance for my children?
If you need assistance in obtaining health insurance, you can contact the Healthcare Consortium at 1-800-980-5530.Back to Top