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Notes from the Nurse

November 2017

Posted on November 19, 2017

What's Going Around at Onondaga Road:

This week the most common complaints keeping children home are cough, colds, and fevers. These coughs have been lasting for several weeks in some cases, and can require a doctor's care whether they have a viral or bacterial cause. There have been an increasing number of cases of strep throat, ear infections, and the stomach bug this week too.  It is important to use good handwashing. The germs that cause stomach troubles may not respond to hand sanitizers.  

Brushing teeth:

There are so many reasons that children and adults should brush their teeth at least twice a day -  in the morning and before bed. Brushing removes plaque (a film of bacteria), and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Dentists are learning about the connection between gum disease and other chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease (see Caring for baby teeth is important because they hold the spaces where permanent teeth will grow in. In addition, cavities are painful, and caps and fillings are expensive. Teeth that are not brushed in the morning cause bad breath for the rest of the day. Student and teachers work in close spaces and bad breath is an issue with peers as well. So take a few minutes every morning and as part of a bedtime routine to see that those teeth are brushed! It is an important habit to instill for both health and social wellbeing.  

Cough Drops and Lip Balm:

Cough drops are an over the counter medication. To have your child use them at school you must provide a doctor's order and written permission from the parent. The cough drops must be kept in the Health Office and given by the nurse, and must always be delivered to the school by an adult.

If your child needs something to sooth an irritated throat, hard candy, like lifesaver, may be just as helpful. E-mail the teacher first. Lip balm may be used at school and kept in a locker or backpack. It does not require a note from home. In the cold weather chapped lips get cracked and bleed. Staying well hydrated and using lip balm several times a day can help prevent this. Lips will look better, feel better, and save trips to the Nurse for Vaseline.  


Here is one more call for physicals for students in 2nd and 4th grades. If you have not sent one in, please do so now. Physicals with our school doctor will be scheduled early in the spring for those who do not have one on file.


I am so thankful for your children and the joy they bring to my life. I hope you enjoy this holiday and have some time to spend with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!


October 2017

Posted on October 18, 2017

What's going around at Onondaga Road:

Lately we have been seeing colds, coughs, fevers and stomach upsets that sometimes come back once the child seems well. There have been a few students with the stomach bug, and a few cases of strep. Most of the sore throats have been viral. Ear infections have been showing up too.  


To have a safe Halloween, make sure that children can see easily through their masks, walk along with them while they are trick or treating, and have them go only to the houses of neighbors you know. Check candy that is collected and throw away anything that is unwrapped or has an open wrapper, or that just doesn't look right. If you allow your child to bring candy to school with lunch please limit it to 1 or 2 pieces a day.  

 Flu Shots:

Remember to get the whole family vaccinated against the flu!  The vaccine comes in a nasal mist or as an injection. Although it is not 100% effective, the flu vaccine protects most of those who get it. Getting the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. Give your family a better chance of staying well and not missing days at school or work. Many pharmacies give it without an appointment, and it is often free by showing your insurance card.  


Many thanks to all the parents who have provided current physicals for their K, 2nd, and 4th grade students or contacted me with the dates of upcoming appointments. There are still about 44 other students I do not have them for. If you have been putting this off, put that physical into the backpack today or call the doctor and have it faxed to the school (315-487-2598)!  

Absent or Tardy?

 If you know that your child will be absent or tardy, please call or e-mail the Health Office by 9:30 AM. (487-4655, There is voice mail at this number so you can leave a message any time. If you are going on vacation while school is in session, contact me ahead of time with the dates so I don't call your cell phone while you are at Disney World! If your child is not here and I have not received a message, I will call you. These calls are made primarily to be sure that children are safe.


September 2017

Posted on September 24, 2017

What's going around at Onondaga Road:

So far we have been seeing some colds, coughs, viral sore throats, and fevers. There has also been a small number with strep throat. There have not been many absences due to illness so far. Please keep your child home from school if they have had any fever over 100 degrees, vomiting, or diarrhea in the last 24 hours. Students who are on antibiotics for infections like strep must take them for 24 hours before returning to school.  

K, 2nd, and 4th Grade Physicals:

Students in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade are required by New York State to have a current physical on file in the Health Office. This also applies to students in all grades who have just entered this school district.  There are many, many students who do not meet this requirement right now. Please call for an appointment with your pediatrician right away or send a copy of a physical that has been done within the past year to the Health Office. They may also be faxed to the school at 315- 487-2598.  

Making Snack Time a Healthy and Safe Time for Everyone:

Most grades have at least one child with a severe food allergy this year. Because snacks are eaten in the classrooms, foods that are brought in for snack time must be free of peanuts and other allergens. Students can bring any food they want for lunch because it is eaten in the cafeteria. Thank you for respecting the list your child's teacher has sent home as safe snacks for their classroom. If you need a new list please ask your child's teacher.  

Use of Orthopedic Equipment in School for Injuries:

If a student needs to wear a brace, cast, or splint in school a physician's order is required in writing. The physician must specify the length of time the student will use it and how long the student needs to be excused from Physical Education class. The same policy applies to the use of crutches. When possible, students using crutches should be transported by car, to and from school. 


Kathy Nason RN, Onondaga Road School Nurse  






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Health Personnel

School Nurse - 315-487-4655

Kathy Nason - Email


School Psychologists -

Alison Conley  (Available Monday morning, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning )

ADAPEP Counselor - Barbara Randall

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