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Immunizations

Check the status of your student’s immunization record by logging into your family Skyward account. We will be sending out information regarding any missing student vaccinations your student has recently received immunizations, please send a copy to robinelliott@smsd.org.

Health Conditions and Medications

If your student has a significant health condition OR will need emergency medication for conditions such as seizures, food allergies, or asthma please contact me as we will need specific information on your student.

If your student has a daily scheduled medication we ask all morning medications be administered PRIOR to school. If your student needs a lunch time medication please contact the nurse to set up a scheduled time to come in and complete medication administration procedures prior to the first day of school. (Currently the week of Oct. 26)

We are diligently working on a safe environment for your students, and we will need your help and support.

 

COVID-19

Many parents and families have questions regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). SMSD has created a site for you all to receive the most up to date information.

Please visit the following link for the most up-to-date information about SMSD’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The district will continue to monitor developments, and will revise the district response/pandemic plan as appropriate.

Masks:

All students and persons entering the building are required to be wearing a properly fitted mask. A properly fitted mask will cover the nose and mouth even while talking. Your student should not have to adjust and touch the mask often if the mask is properly fitted. Watch this quick video to see if your mask fits properly: Does your mask fit you properly?

·         No valves or other “holes” may be in/on the mask

·         Masks will be provided to students/staff who soil/forget their mask.

·         If there is a concern with your student wearing a mask please contact the nurse at hollygunter@smsd.org

If you have had difficulty finding a mask that fits your student well, please contact me as I may have ideas that could help!

 

In addition to masks, each day, you and your student are to do a daily COVID-19 Assessment. Our goal is to keep our school building doors open in whatever capacity we can this year. By staying home with any symptoms, you can help us achieve this goal. The daily COVID-19 assessment and instructions are below. Please feel free to call my office anytime with questions 913-993-0607.

Prior to coming to school each day, it is important to monitor your student for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. For the health and safety of all students and staff, please conduct a Daily COVID-19 Assessment.

  • It is not necessary to report the assessment has been completed unless you are reporting a YES response to attendance and/or the school nurse.
  • ·Please call the attendance line, 993-0612, if your child is staying home. State their symptoms AND contact your building nurse if you have any questions.

Daily COVID-19 Assessment

In the past 24 hours, has your student had any of the following symptoms?

Fever*                                                  Fatigue

Cough                                                   Runny nose

Shortness of Breath                        Congestion

New loss of taste/smell                 Muscle/body aches

Sore Throat                                        Nausea

Headache                                            Vomiting

Chills                                                      Diarrhea              

 *If you do not have access to a thermometer, please contact the school nurse for assistance.

 If the answer is YES to any of the above, stay home and contact your school nurse for additional instructions.

●        In the past 14 days, have you been within 6 feet of someone for 10 minutes or greater who was diagnosed with COVID-19? If the answer is YES, stay home and contact your school nurse for additional instructions.

●        In the past 14 days, have you had contact with the mucous/saliva of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? If the answer is YES, stay home and contact your school nurse for additional instructions.

●        Are you asymptomatic, but waiting on results from a COVID test? If so, stay home until you have your test results. Notify your school nurse of your results before returning to school.

●        Have you traveled to a location requiring quarantine? If the answer is YES, quarantine (stay home) for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, stay home and contact your primary healthcare provider. See link below for the latest travel quarantine information.

https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran

 

COVID-19 INFORMATION (CLICK HERE)

Influenza

In order to continue to track influenza activity in our school, please email the school nurse the following information if your student is diagnosed with influenza:

•             When symptoms started

•             Which strain (if tested)

•             Whether student received a flu vaccine this season

*** Exclusion policy for influenza***

Persons testing positive for influenza need to be out of school for five days from the start of symptoms AND fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Return to School Calendar for Influenza:

(Day symptoms started, Return to school day – if fever free for 24 hours)

Monday, return to school Saturday (Monday)

Tuesday, return to school Sunday (Monday)

Wednesday, return to school Monday

Thursday, return to school Tuesday

Friday, return to school Wednesday

Saturday, return to school Thursday

Sunday, return to school Friday

 

Other Illnesses

You can view exclusion requirements for a variety of illness by clicking here

If you have questions regarding other illnesses, feel free to contact me in the Nurse Office @ 913-993-0607

 

Remember these everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses!

•             Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•             Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•             Stay home when you are sick.

•             Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•             Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

•             Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

•             If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Thanks for your help in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy!

Holly Gunter MSN, BSN, RN

Indian Woods Middle School

Phone: 913-993-0607

Fax:913-993-1439

Email:hollygunter@smsd.org 

Follow me on twitter! @nursehollyIWMS