News from the Health Room
March 10, 2017
We were very fortunate to have the Hawaii Lions Club provide a FREE hearing screening to our Kindergarteners and First Graders, whose parents signed consent forms. The importance of early hearing health remains a cornerstone of Lions Club International. The program involves checking students' ears with the otoscope, tympanometer and audiometer under the presence of a licensed/certified Audiologist. Parents take the report finds to follow-up with their child's Doctor if needed.
March 2017 Reminders
- Please do not send your child to school ill.
- Temperature above 100 degrees may need monitoring at home. Please keep home until temperature is normal (98.7 degrees) for 24 hours without medication.
- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and/or sore throat are best monitored at home also.
- Please do not send any over the counter medicine with your child to take at school. No medications can be stored or administered in the Health Room. Parents will be called to pick-up medications and cannot be sent home with the student.
- Please check frequently your child's hair and scalp for head lice (ukus) and treat if needed. Ms. Llanes (Health Aid) will screen if she is aware that a class has an issue. Please contact Ms. Llanes if you would like information on how to get rid of head lice. Health room phone number is 307-3831.
- If your child has issues with incontinence, please send a spare set of clothes and slippers. The Health Room has a limited supply of gently used donations.
Thank you for your continued support!
October is usually the time Department of Health starts the Flu immunization programs for schools. This year the school program will not be starting until January 2017. Parents can get the immunization sooner from their child's provider. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends yearly flu vaccination for ALL children aged 6 months to 18 years. (The school program allows ages 5 up to middle school.) More information will be sent home when available.
Medication in School:
No prescription or non-prescription medication can be stored or given to your child by the school health aide without a fully completed medication consent form. These forms are in the health room. These forms require information and signatures from the students parent's and physician. Please try if possible to time the intervals of a student's medication to be taken at home, before or after school.
Please consider checking your child's scalp for head lice (ukus) and treat if needed. Please visit the Health Room or call Ms. Llanes at 675-0195 if you need more information that the Department of Health has shared with schools.
Please keep your child home if they are ill.
Temperatures 100 degrees may need monitoring at home. Please keep home until child's temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication. Diarrhea, vomiting, feeling nauseous, sore throat, are best monitored at home also. If your child has issues with incontinence, please send a spare set of clothes as the Health Room has limited supply of gently used donations. Thank you for attending to these issues.
Thank you to parents and guardians for fully filling out the emergency cards. If information should change during the year, please notify the office at 675-0195 and update as needed.
Medications from Home:
Please do not send your child to school with medication from the doctor or over the counter medications (this includes prescriptions, pills, syrups, creams, cough drops, vitamins, or medicinal candy). The Health Room cannot accept or administer, and will need an adult to pick up the medicine immediately, unless an Emergency Plan is in place.
A student cannot self medicate at school without a parent or guardian being present. If your child has a medical condition that can result in an emergency situation, please see the Health Aide. School Health Aides are not licensed or allowed by state law to perform clinical assessments necessary to determine the need for medication.
Please consider keeping your child home if any of these symptoms are present:
1. A temperature over 100 degrees. If medication has been given to lower temperature, please wait until temperature is normal for 24 hours.
2. If your child has stomach ache severe enough to restrict his or her activity, or vomiting or diarrhea. Please keep child home until they are well enough to keep regular food down with no symptoms of illness.
3. Sore throats, coughing, congestion, and/or headaches. Please monitor at home if your child is uncomfortable.
4. If your child wakes up with discharge in eyes and/or itchy or complains eyes hurt, please get a Doctors clearance.
5. If your child has episodes of incontinence, without being ill, please ask your child's teacher about bringing extra clothes.
6. Please monitor your child's head for head lice and treat as needed. If you would like more information on this topic, please see the Health Aide in the Health Room or call 675-0195 ext. 45910.
Thank you for helping keep Kanoelani Elementary Kids healthy!
Kanoelani Elementary School continues to be a nut free zone. We are asking again for your support and understanding. We have several youngsters that have a SEVERE allergy to nut products that can be life threatening. Nut products can make their internal organs swell and block breathing passages. An allergic reaction called anaphylaxis to food generally occurs quickly, usually within a minute or two after consumption.
Our staff is working closely with the families to prevent any accidental ingestion. We would appreciate your help with the following:
- Please discourage food trading between all students especially at lunch or snack time.
- Speak with your child about how everyone is special and unique.
- DO NOT send nut products to school for lunches, snacks or birthday goodie bags.
Thank you for speaking with your child about how everyone is special and unique and for your understanding.
Emergency Cards - Parents/Guardians
Please update emergency cards if there is a priority to the most convenient number you would like to be called at or any persons of contact.
Please keep students home and monitor students if they show signs of illness such as:
1) Temperature over 100 degrees. (If medication is given for fever please wait until temperature is normal without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.)
2) Diarrhea, incontinence or stomach ache
3) Sore throat or congestion or coughing
4) Conjunctivitis or "Pink Eye"
Please remember to monitor your child's head for head lice (ukus). For any questions, please call 675-0195 and ask for the health room.
Please remember to monitor your child's head for head lice (uku) and nits (eggs). Recently, a parent gave a tip to check using a flashlight on a cell phone, the nits are distinctive and the live lice movement is easier to see. Checkin the entire head is important but around the ears and nape of the neck seems to be a prevalent place where they are found.
Please do not send your child to school in these conditions:
1. Live lice or nits are found. Please treat and get clearance from the health room.
2. Child is running a fever with a temperature above 100 degrees.
3. Diarrhea, incontinence or stomach ache.
4. Conjunctivitis or "pink eye."
Fever: Please make sure your child is well enough to come to school. A fever could mean the body is fighting off illness. If a student has a temperature above 100 degrees (Fahrenheit) they should be kept home until the temperature is 98.7 degrees (normal) for 24-hour observation.
Sore Throat - Coughing - Congestion: The common cold and allergies presents the most frequent health problem for students. A student with a hacking cough and/or constant running nose is usually uncomfortable at school, therefore staying home resting and if needed, under a doctor’s care may heal faster and avoid spreading illnesses to others. Please bring a doctor’s note to school upon returning. If your child complains of a sore throat or headache, please monitor at home.
Stomachache or Vomiting: Please consult your child’s doctor if your child has a stomachache severe enough to restrict his or her activity. If vomiting occurs, please keep your child home until your child is well enough to hold food down.
Head Lice: Please check your child’s head periodically for eggs (nits) or live pediculosis (tiny moving bugs). Kanoelani Elementary has a school policy of no nits or live “uku” at school. If you are not sure what they look like, please see our health room and where you can find prevention information.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): If your child complains their eye is sore and/or itchy and looks red with discharge, they may need a doctor’s diagnosis to be cleared for school.
Incontinence: If your child has episodes of incontinence, please talk to your child’s teacher about bringing extra clothes.
For any questions, please call the Health Room at 675-0195.