When school is back in session the germs come out to play! We’ve been seeing an increase in cold symptoms, strep throat, and stomachaches.
Make sure your student is fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours before they return to school. This is to protect them by letting their body heal properly and to protect other children from becoming sick. Students that are sent back to school before the 24 hours will be sent home.
Students that have had vomiting and/or diarrhea must be symptom free for 24 hours as well.
If your unsure whether your student can return to school, please call and check!!
Germ Fact: The phone you are using carries 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Keeping your phone out of the bathroom helps prevent some of these germs.
A few health room reminders for the year.
Thank you for letting me take care of your children. They are truly a joy to me.
Do you still have your Kinsa thermometer?
*Kinsa recently updated their app so all students should now be in the correct grade.
*Kinsa added a feature that allows me to send a note to all Kinsa users that are associated with Magdalen Catholic School. This is a great way for me to keep families informed of illnesses.
*If you are new to Magdalen and would like a thermometer- I have a few left from last year. (They are free. First come first serve.)
*I have a few Kinsa coupons if you would like to purchase an additional thermometer. Stop by the health room to pick one up.
Let's keep Magdalen students healthy!
It's great to be back in the health room!
I am starting to see some sore throats, common colds, and stomach bugs. Please be mindful of the 24 hour rule with sick children. Children must be fever, vomiting and diarrhea free for more than 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
Some upcoming important dates are:
Dental Screenings - September 21st
National Walk to School Day - October 10th
Vision Screenings - October 16-19
Thank you to everyone who has donated supplies for the health room! We certainly go through a lot of bandages and ice packs!
I also have to send a big shout out to the moms that are helping cut and prepare the fresh fruit for our snack program. It's a lot of work and we wouldn't be able to have the fruit without a prep crew. The kids love the fresh items and are eager to try new things.
Please call me if you have any questions or concerns with your child's health!
Magdalen is seeing an increase in students that are testing positive for influenza. If your student has a positive influenza test, please call the school and notify me.
What are we doing here at school to help prevent the spread of germs??
What can you do at home??
I hope everyone is taking advantage of their new thermometers. I'm hearing great reports from parents that have been using them.
Stay Healthy Magdalen!!
As we enter cold and flu season I want to share a great offer with you. Magdalen was one of 50 schools chosen to receive a FREE thermometer per household from the FLUency Health Program. Each family that signs up will receive a Kinsa Smart Thermometer. Simply download the FREE Kinsa app and join our school group by December 20th. Thermometers will be shipped to the school in January.
Student were sent home with a brochure explaining the FREE program on Tuesday November 28th. Please contact me if you have any questions on how to get your FREE thermometer.
I'm excited that we can offer this great program to our Magdalen families.
We look forward to a healthy flu season this year!
Cold and Flu Season
As we get into cold and flu season please remember the school policy on illness. No students should be at school that have had a fever or vomiting within the last 24 hours. Please do not send sick children to school. Sending sick children to school exposes other students and adults to their illness. If you are unsure whether to send your student - please call or email me.
Students that are sick will be sent home. All sick students should be picked up in the nurses office within 30 minutes of receiving a phone call from us.
Vision screenings will start on October 24th- October 27th. Grades K,1,3,5,7 and all new students will be screened. If you would like your student screened and they are not in one of those grades please email me and I can screen them.
If your student does not pass the vision exam I will send home a recommendation for you to see your eye doctor. Last year 8 students ended up getting glasses after visions screenings.
As always, please call me if you have any health updates or concerns for your child.
I've really enjoyed seeing all of these little faces again this year! It's hard to imagine how much I miss these kids during the summer. Now that we are back in the swing of things we are starting to see some strep, colds, fevers, and flu like symptoms show up. Please follow the schools guidelines for illness. If you keep your student home, please call the school office and let them know your student will be absent.
Fever free for 24 hours without medication.
No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
Occasionally a student presents to the health room without the above symptoms and it's obvious they are miserable. If that happens I will call you and let you decide whether you want your child to stay at school or to continue through the day. If a student come to see me more than 2 times in one day I will encourage you to come pick them up.
All students that need to have medication at school (even Tylenol or ibuprofen) must have a "Medication at School" form on file that is signed by their physician and parent. Medication that is sent to school without the form will not be given and will be sent home at the end of the day.
Please call me if you have any questions regarding sending medication to school.
I look forward to having a great school year with your children.
I am in the health room from 8:00-3:00 Monday thru Friday.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I want to thank all of you for your generosity over the Christmas season. I feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.
We are entering cold and flu season with a bang. Please remember that students need to be excluded from school until they are fever free with no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without taking ibuprofen or Tylenol. If your student has been exposed to influenza and starts coming down with cold/flu symptoms see your physician as soon as possible for treatment.
Good hand-washing and staying away from people who have influenza can help prevent you from getting sick.
As always, please call me if you have any questions or health updates on your student.
Wellness Committee Meeting 9/20/2016
Members in attendance: Kristin Schmitz, Jennifer Patterson, Jill Bouwens, Terri Hessman, Becky Sullivan, Carla Burgardt
Ideas for staff wellness were presented. Start within the next 2 weeks and go until Thanksgiving. Then have a “No Gain” over the holiday contest.
Healthy snack list to be developed and put on website.
“How to” pack a healthy lunch will go on website and be taught in PE with the nutrition piece. (Lunch box diagram to go home with kids for parents to see along with a list of “pack this, not that.”)
Proposed a “Walk to School "program for students to meet in a central location and walk to school.
We will be offering a free dental screening in October to all students enrolled in Magdalen in compliance with Kansas State Statute 72‐5201.
All students will be screened unless the parent/guardian does not want the child to participate. Oral health is an important part of children’s overall health, and is a critical component in the child’s ability to learn and succeed in school. A copy of the screening will be sent home with each child.
Carla Burgardt RN
Magdalen Catholic School Nurse
Welcome back to school! I have been so happy seeing old and new friends as we have returned to school.
I have a few back to school reminders as we start a new year.
I am in the health room everyday from 8:00- 3:00. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns.
And lastly, thank you so much for the generous donations to start the school year off. We can always use bandages, water bottles, peppermints, and baggies.
I'm looking forward to a great school year!
MCS has recently had a wellness meeting. The minutes to our meeting are below. If you are interested in participating on the school wellness committee or with wellness actives please contact Carla Burgardt (wellness chair) at 634-1572.
Wellness meeting April 14, 2016
Members in attendance: Carla, Terri, Jill, Kristin, Jeremy
Recap of health and wellness for 2015-2016 school year
**Flu shots offered to staff
**Pop - a-shot (offered before school and at recess)
**Mileage club during recess available for all students to participate
**Tar Wars came to Magdalen to make students aware of the hazards of smoking
**9 Days of Fitness offered to students over spring break
** 60 Second challenge offered to staff and students
Ideas for next year
**Wellness policy and acceptable snacks at school posted on website.
**Wellness and health plan for staff next year
*Flu vaccine (would like to offer to staff again next year)
*Go Red For Women’s Health Awareness
*Exercise plan and healthy eating plan— Do we want to offer prizes?
* Daily or weekly challenges to be offered to staff
(Sleep 8 hours per day, drink 8 glasses of water per day, eat a fruit and vegetable serving each day)
**Wellness and health plan for students next year
*Sugary drinks display for classrooms
*60 second challenge for staff and students
* Eat this not that taught PE
* 9 Days of Fitness
* possibly offer a weekly challenge for students like the staff challenge
** New challenge each quarter for students and staff
* Incorporate into PD meeting
* Act Now (Jill will look into this)
Health and Wellness binder will be kept in the health room.
Healthy classroom snack options posted on website.
Next Meeting: Date and time TBA (probably in August at back to school meetings)
Vision screenings were completed on 10/8/2015. If your student is in K,1,3,5,7 or is new to Magdalen they had a vision screen. I am in the process of re-screening students that did not pass the vision screen. If they fail the re-screen, I will send a letter home with the student. Please call me if you have any questions.
Tar Wars is headed to Magdalen! Tar Wars is a program that is offered by KU med center to help students understand the dangers of smoking. This program is targeted for 4th and 5th grade. It should be a great learning experience and we are so lucky that they are coming to Magdalen.
A few health room facts: I routinely see about 30-35 kids throughout the school day.
We use roughly 30 ice packs a day for bumps and bruises.
Peppermints work great for stomachaches.
If your looking to donate items to the school, please think of the health room. I am always in need of sandwich size zip lock baggies, small water bottles, bandages, Dixie cups, and hand sanitizer.
**If you haven't scheduled your flu shot it is time to make an appointment. :)
Please call me if you have any questions about medication at school, school illness, or the 24 hour wait period for fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Thanks so much!
Welcome back to school!
I hope everyone had a great and safe summer. We are off to a great start in the health room. I appreciate all of you who have turned in immunization forms, health forms, and appointment of agent forms. I know it's a busy time of year and getting paperwork turned in can be a challenge. If you have not turned in your immunization forms, I need them as soon as possible to comply with state immunization laws.
I am overwhelmed with everyone's generosity for the health room. The supplies that I have been receiving will go to great use.
Just as a reminder as we start off the school year, all medication that comes to school must be in its original labeled container. We must have a medication at school form signed by your physician and the parent on file in the health room. This includes cough drops, allergy medication, pain relievers and all other over the counter medications. Please do not send medication in your child's lunch box for them to take in the cafeteria. This policy is to keep your children safe. The medication at school form can be found on the right side of my page.
If you have any questions or concerns that you want to discuss with me, please feel free to call me or email me. I am in the health room from 8:00-3:00 M-F.
I'm looking forward to a great school year!
Carla Burgardt RN
Can you believe that it's April? I am amazed at how fast the school year has gone. I have enjoyed getting to know all of the kids this year. I will truly miss them over the summer.
As we end the school year, I will be sending out emails if your child requires any immunizations for next year. These immunizations are usually only for 6th graders heading into 7th grade, and then Kindergarten, PK, and PS. All immunization records must be current when we start school in August.
If your child keeps prescription medication in the health room, I will distribute it to them on their last day of school. If your child keeps over the counter medication in the health room it must be picked up before the last day of school. Any medication left in the health room after the last day of school will be disposed of.
I am so happy to be a part of Magdalen Catholic School. Your children keep me smiling all day long.
Have a healthy, safe summer!
Carla Burgardt RN
Magdalen Catholic School
Office hours 8:00-3:00 M-F
I can't believe how fast the year has gone. It seems we just came back from Christmas break. I'm looking forward to a summer full of boating at the lake and swimming. I will also spend some time working at the hospital.
Please remember to put sunscreen on your students before they go on field trips and before field day. These cooler spring days tend to be deceiving and students can easily end up with a sunburn.
A few reminders for next year:
All medication at school forms must be renewed at the beginning of each year. Please keep this in mind when you are scheduling doctor appointments this summer. A link for a new form can be found on this page to the right.
Medications must be picked up by the last day of school. I am in the health room from 8:00-3:00 every school day. Medications that are left after the last day of school will be discarded.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone for their generosity this year. The snacks and supplies that are donated throughout the year help so much. You would be surprised at the amount of supplies we use. Please think of the Health Room when you are purchasing school supplies for next year.
I will check my email over the summer, so if you have questions about forms or immunizations over the summer just email me and I will get back with you.
Have a safe and healthy summer. See you at registration.
Carla Burgardt RN
If you were at Parents Night last week, you are aware of our concerns for our increasing number of students with severe, life-threatening allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and other foods. We are asking that everyone respect and take very seriously the risks to our allergic kids. Our lunchroom staff has taken several steps to help reduce the chances for accidental exposures during lunch and lunch recess. First, Mrs Wescott and the lunchroom staff know which children have food allergies. Seating assignments are made so that allergic children do not sit near students who bring lunches from home that often contain peanut butter. If a student sitting near an allergic student happens to have peanut butter, one of the students is moved for that day's lunch. Second, all students who bring peanut butter in their home lunches are assisted to clean their hands thoroughly with baby wipes as soon as they have finished eating. Hand sanitizer does not remove peanut protein but baby wipes do. The mother of an allergic student has generously donated more than a case of baby wipes to our cafeteria. We are asking parents to try to avoid sending peanut butter or other foods containing peanuts or peanut butter in their children's home lunches. Green signs are posted outside each classroom that has a student with a peanut allergy. Absolutely no snacks or other foods containing peanuts should enter these classrooms. It is important that you abide by this! We need your help to keep our students safe and to protect them from life-threatening situations. Please feel free to talk with me about this issue or any other that involves the health and safety of any member of our MCS family. I am here between 8:30 and 3:00 every school day.
Vision screenings were performed on September 18 for students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, and 7. Height, weights, and blood pressures were also done. Nursing students from WSU's accelerated program came to Magdalen to do this service for us. Any MCS students with vision results of 20/40 or worse in either or both eyes (referral criteria) was tested again by me in the Health Room. Students that tested outside of normal for the second time have referral letters attached to their results. These should be taken with your child to their eye doctor appointment. Remember that students who do not see well have trouble learning. This is one of the reasons that Kansas requires vision screening. Please call or stop by and talk with me if you have any questions about vision screening or any other concerns you may have. I am always here between 8:30 and 3:00.
Enjoy our cooler weather!
Shirley Osborn RN