School Health and Medical Information
Tammy VanLanen R.N.
Phone: 860-537-9421 ext. 2
Concussion Information & Management
Resources on Public Health Concerns: Please click here for information from the US Department of Education regarding both the EV-D68 and the Ebola viruses.
State Flu Shot Rule for Preschoolers Curbs Kids’ Hospitalizations: CDC
Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common childhood virus that pediatricians, child care centers and preschools see in summer and early fall. What is hand, foot, and mouth disease?Despite its scary name, hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common, contagious illness caused by different viruses. It typically affects infants and children under age 5, but older kids and adults can catch it as well. Avoid dehydration: Children with hand, foot, and mouth disease need to drink plenty of fluids. Call your pediatrician now or go to the ER if you suspect your child is dehydrated.
Enterovirus Overview: Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses. Please click here for more information and to learn more about how to keep your child from getting and spreading the virus.
Enterovirus-D68 - CDC Update
A New School Year
Parents are encouraged to check their children’s hair for lice regularly; careful parental checks are the best preventative. It is important to check your child’s head before and after sleepovers as head lice are most readily transmitted by direct head-to-head contact where children share sleeping quarters. Please contact the School Nurse in your child’s school with any questions or concerns. For further information on symptoms of infestation, prevention and treatment of head lice please refer to the following link from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=388318
Allergy Policy 5121.4
The Colchester School District requires that parents/guardians of children with a life-threatening allergy or chronic health condition notify the school and provide medically documented information about the management of the condition. Contact the school nurse with any questions.
Medication Policy 5141.21
- Connecticut State Law requires a written medication order from a physician for any medication to be given in school. This includes prescription medication as well as over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil. The order must be renewed each year, as needed.
- All medication must be brought to school by the parent/guardian. Students are not allowed to carry medication to or from school or take unsupervised medication at any time, including while on field trips. In the absence of the school nurse, a teacher or principal may administer medication.
- The nurse's office has a supply of acetaminophen (Tylenol equivalent) and ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil equivalent). All other medication must be supplied by the parent.
- Medication will be destroyed if not picked up within one week following termination of the school order or the last day of school, whichever comes first. Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions regarding medication for your child in school.