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Fred A. Anderson Elementary School

Christina Warren ~ Fred A Anderson School Nurse

Hi and Welcome All Star 💫 Students and Families!
 
My name is Christina Warren.  I would like to introduce myself and share some basic school health guidelines.  I began practicing nursing in 2005 after receiving my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ECU.  My experience includes cardiac intermediate care, interventional radiology, and working on the critical care nurse resource team for our local hospital.  In 2014, I was given the opportunity to serve the community and school system where I grew up.  I have been the school nurse at Fred A. Anderson Elementary School ever since.  I obtained National Board Certification for School Nursing in 2015.  I feel truly honored to have your child during the day and will treat them with the same consideration as I do my own. 
 
I look forward to getting to know you and your child during the 2021-2022 school year!
 
You will receive a Student Emergency Information form that gives me vital
information in managing your child’s health. If your child’s health in any way changes
during the year, please let me know. This also provides me with the information on how to
reach you if your child becomes ill or injured.
 
 

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House Bill 13 requires every child entering public schools in N.C. for the first time receive a health assessment.  This assessment must occur within 12 months prior to entering school and the medical provider, parent, or guardian must provide a completed health assessment transmittal form to the school within 30 calendar days of the child's first day of attendance.
 
Your child can get a health assessment at a participating local health department or at your doctor’s office.
 
If your child must have medication of any type given during school hours, including over-the-counter drugs
 
1) You may come to school and give the medication to your child
 
2) You may have the authorization of medication form completed by your physician and bring in the medication in the original unopened container for over-the-counter or pharmacy labeled bottle for prescription medications.  The medication will be administered according to the doctor's order.
 
3) You may discuss with your doctor an alternate schedule for administering the medication
 
 
Students are not to transport medications to or from school;
an adult must bring the medication to the school office.
 
 
The Medical Statement for Students with Unique Mealtime Needs for School Meals helps schools provide meal modifications for students who require them. Schools cannot change food textures, make food substitutions, or alter a student's diet at school without proper documentation from the healthcare providers.
 

It is important for the health of all students, faculty, and staff that your child does not attend school when he/she is ill.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child's illness, please call the school nurse or your licensed healthcare provider.  Below are some examples of reasons to stay home:

 

1) If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19.  If your child is exposed to COVID-19 (exposure refers to being within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more).  If your child has symptoms of COVID-19.

Please see The COVID-19 Strong Schools NC Public School Toolkit for the most up-to-date guidance.  

2) If your child is running a fever, please keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.  Please send in a note when the child returns to school to inform of the reason for the absence.

3) If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, please keep him/her at home until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.  

4) If your child has a rash or lesion of unknown reason, he/she should be evaluated by a licensed health care provider before returning to school.  Inform the school nurse.  Please provide written documentation to the school nurse from the licensed healthcare provider indicating that your child has been cleared to return to school.

5) Pamlico County Schools does not follow a no-nit policy regarding head lice.  However, should you suspect head lice, please treat your child before bringing him/her to school.  Please call the school nurse if you have any questions.

6) Open sores with or without drainage should always be covered.  If you suspect staph infection, please have your child evaluated by a licensed health care provider indicating that your child may return to school.

7) Red or pink eyes, with complaints of itching, pain, watering, drainage or crusting should be evaluated by a licensed healthcare provider.  The child may return 24 hours after the start of antibiotics with a doctor's note.  Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is highly contagious. 

8) If your child has chicken pox, he/she may return to school after clearance from the licensed health care provider and when the blisters are dried and scabbed over (5-10 days after onset).  Please call the school nurse informing her as soon as possible once a diagnosis is made.

 

If your child is absent, please call the school or send in a note to inform the school of the absence and the reason.

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What steps can I take to prevent my student from getting sick?:

 

  • Help your student monitor their health.  
  • Stay home when sick. This is more important than ever with COVID-19.  You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.  Germs can be picked up by our hands and get into the body through mucous membranes on the face.  
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments, and books.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Find additional CDC resources on how to clean and disinfect schools.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
  • Well-Visit follow ups.  Vaccinations are an important tool to help stop the spread of disease.  COVID-19 vaccines are now available for individuals 12 years old and above.  Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.