Contacting parents of sick children is a priority for Cumberland County Schools. To ensure that parents are notified promptly we are requesting that you update emergency information with any change in, work, cell or home phone numbers. Updating the names and phone numbers of friends and/or relatives who are authorized to pick up your child from school will assist us in providing quality care in the event of illnesses or emergency.
Parents who leave their children with a caregiver while deployed or out of town should notify the school regarding who will be responsible for their children during the parent’s absence.
POSSIBLE HEALTH CONCERNS
COMMON CHILDHOOD ILLNESS
Any student who has a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit should be sent home from school. However, it is not necessary for a student to have a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above to go home if accompanied by other symptoms. Students with a fever must be kept at home until the temperature has been normal for twenty-four hours without fever reducing medication.
What are lice and nits? Lice are tiny but visible insects. They live in hair and survive on human blood. The eggs of lice are called nits. They too are very small but visible. Nits are extremely tiny and white, and they cling to the hair. The female louse attaches her eggs to the hairs near the scalp. The eggs hatch and leave empty nit shells on the hair. As lice mature, they begin laying more eggs. It takes seven to 10 days for lice to mature.
For additional information about lice: Head Lice
What is MRSA? Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for infections in humans with many of the infections difficult to treat due to the bacterium’s resistance to a large group of antibiotic called the beta-lactams, which include the penicillin and the cephalosporins. MRSA is often sub-categorized as community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) or health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). Recent Reports have noted the USA 300 and 400 strains of CA-MRSA have evolved to community-acquired levels that attack the healthiest of children and professional athletes making it very different than the traditional strain of MRSA that affects the immune-compromised. Given this, the importance of a disinfections program with proven efficacy against CA-MRSA 300 and 400 is vital.
How is MRSA spread? MRSA is predominately spread from person to person through direct skin contact or contact with shared items or surfaces (e.g., towels, used bandages, weight-training equipment, playground equipment, synthetic-turf, etc.) that have been in contact with a person’s infection. The bacterium is not carried through the air and does not live in soil.
Additional information from the CDC: MRSA-CDC Fact Sheet
For additional guidance regarding Cumberland County Schools’ Best Practices contact the office of Health Services at 910.678.2406 or your child’s school health nurse..........................................................................................................................................
Published by Elizabeth Thompson on January 5, 2017