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Health Services
Instructor: Andrea Vadnais RN, BSN and Amy Black RN, MS   
Announcements
School Health Information

BFA FAIRFAX SCHOOL HEALTH INFORMATION

  1. MEDICATIONS:
  • The BFA Fairfax School District and Vermont State School Nurse medication policies state that all prescription medications must be sent to school in the original container, with a note from the doctor and parent regarding administration. Non-prescription medications should be brought to school in their original container, with a note from the parent. All medications will be kept in a locked cabinet in the health office (except for life-saving medications with proper documentation i.e. Epi-Pens, Glucagon), administered by the school nurse or health assistant.
  • We ask that children DO NOT carry medication to school; an adult should bring in all medications to the health office. Children are not allowed to have medication with them in the classroom (except for life saving medications, i.e. Epi-Pens, Glucagon with physician and parent signature).
  • When a child is taking medication at school, it is often important for the school nurse to communicate with the physician. The health office has a medical release of information form, which we may ask parents to sign, giving appropriate school personnel permission to share medical and/or academic information.
  1. IMMUNIZATIONS:
  • Vermont Department of Health immunization policy requires the school to keep accurate records of all students’ immunization status.
  • When your child has any updated immunizations, please bring a copy of the record to the nurses' office so it can document it in your child’s health record.
  1. CONTAGIOUS DISEASES:
  • The school nurse documents cases of contagious diseases and informs families of students who may have been exposed. Please contact the school health office with information regarding the diagnosis of any of the following contagious conditions: chicken pox, strep throat, conjunctivitis, impetigo, giardia, or fifth’s disease.
  • If a child is on antibiotics for any of the above conditions, he/she may return to school following 24 hours of treatment.
  • The school nurse will work with the student and family when determining that any condition may warrant exclusion from school, or further evaluation.
  1. STUDENT HEALTH INFORMATION UPDATE FORMS:
  • Each year an annual health history update form will be sent to every family for information on each student. This confidential information is useful in order to keep our health records accurate regarding any medical condition that may have changed.
  • This form gives us the permission to provide certain medications (i.e. Tylenol, antibiotic ointment-Neosporin) to your child if necessary it also allows us to seek emergency medical treatment if necessary
5. OTHER:
  • The health office is staffed full time with a school nurse or health assistant. We will contact parents in case of any illness or injury that may require school exclusion, or follow-up medical attention. Please do not hesitate to contact the health office with any questions or concerns you have regarding your child’s health.
  • Vermont State Law requires Vision and hearing screening on all Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade and 5th Grade students as well as vision screening for grades 7, 9 and 12 each year. Parents will be notified if their child does not pass either exam.
Help Families with Increased Food Costs During the Summer
With summer approaching, parents are beginning to stock up on foods their children will eat while not in school.  If you’re wondering how you’ll feed your growing kids good food all summer, think about 3SquaresVT, which helps Vermont families on tight budgets put three healthy meals a day on the table. Many communities also have summer meal programs that serve free food to kids. To find out more about 3SquaresVT or a summer meal program near you, dial 2-1-1 or visit www.vermontfoodhelp.com.
Immunization Information for Kindergarten Students
Hello to our In-coming Kindergarten Parents/Guardians!
As you prepare for enrolling your child into Kindergarten please think about their immunization requirements. Vermont State Law requires all children to be immunized prior to entering Kindergarten. All children should have had by school entry the following vaccinations:

5 Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) Vaccinations
4 Polio (IPV) Vaccinations
2 Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccinations
2 Varicella (chicken pox) Vaccinations
3 Hepatitis B Vaccinations

Please feel free to email or call me with questions, ablack@fwsu.org or
849-2222
Thank You! 
Amy Black, Elementary School Nurse

Health Department Resources
Following are some helpful health department resources and links:

Health Department Website:
www.healthvermont.gov

State Immunization SIte where you will find immunization information and aggregate immunization data related to your child's school.
http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/immsurv.aspx


Vermont Health Connect is a useful site to help you gather information regarding VT Health Connect, which provides low cost or free health insurance.
https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov/VTHBELand/welcome.action





MS/HS Immunization Information
Attention 7th Grader Parents:

Being immunized at check-ups with your health care provider helps to keep your children healthy, and protects our community.  Vermont's immunization regulation requires all 7th grade students to have a Tdap booster and a second dose of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine before entering 7th grade.  You can mail, email, or fax a copy of the immunization record to Andrea Vadnais, BFA Fairfax, 75 Hunt Street or fax # 802-849-2611.

If you have any questions you can email me at avadnais@fwsu.org

Have a fun, healthy and safe summer!

Forms & Resources
 annual health form 2014-2015.doc
Annual Health Update Form
 Asthma_Action_Plan_form.p
df
Asthma Action Plan
 FAAP.pdf
Allergy Action Plan
 FWSU Med Permission Form.pdf
Medication Permission Form
 HIPPA Release form.doc
HIPPA Release Form
Contacts
+ Black, Amy
+ McDonald, Andrea
Click on name to see details.