School Nurse

School Nurse

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! My name is Lori Catrow and this is my 8th year as a school nurse. I have a bachelor's degree in nursing and am certified in WV as a school nurse. Prior to working for the school system, I worked as a medical-surgical nurse for City Hospital.

I love being the school nurse for your child! Please call or email me if you have concerns, questions, or need assistance with any health related resources. Keeping the children healthy and ready to learn is my top priority.

Medications at school This is a reminder that we are happy to give medications at school if your child needs them during the school day. However, we CANNOT dispense any medication to your child unless we have a signed JCS Medication Order Form on file - this includes over the counter medications and cough drops. The form must be signed by a doctor.

Contagious Illnesses in SchoolsWashing hands, covering sneezes, and staying out of public places when ill (or when others are ill) is essential to preventing the spread of germs. Also remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your child's health (and the health of other children) is most important of all. For this reason, we ask you to please:

* Let us know if your child is absent with a contagious illness such as strep throat, the flu, impetigo, fifth's disease, etc.

* Keep your child home if he/she has a fever. A fever indicates that your child has an infection that could be passed to other students. If you give your child Motrin or Tylenol, the fever will, of course, disappear but he/she will still be contagious to others. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school!

The following students must stay home from school: those with active vomiting or diarrhea, fevers over 100 degrees, undiagnosed rashes, serious untreated injuries, contagious illnesses, or who are obviously unwell.

It is the time of year that we may see Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease. Despite its scary name, this illness generally is mild. Symptoms include tiny blisters in the mouth and on the fingers, palms of hands, buttocks, and soles of the feet. Common Cold signs and symptoms with fever, sore throat, runny nose, and cough may also be present. The most troublesome finding often is the blisters in the mouth, which make it difficult for the child to eat or drink.

How is HFMD spread? The virus is spread through coughing and sneezing, through the fluid from blisters on the hands and feet, or through contact with the infected person's stool (feces).

How do you control the spread? Make sure adults and children wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Teach children to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue or their arm when coughing or sneezing. When using a tissue, wash hands well afterwards. The Jefferson County Health Department recommends keeping your child home during the acute phase of the illness (fever or draining blisters).

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