Our School Nurse: Nurse Rose

Dear Parents:

Hello and welcome back! I pray that you and your loved ones are well during these trying times. Since we have so many changes for this year, I would like to start with a few reminders of policies already in place.

Regarding Immunizations:  As stated in your handbook, Father Andrew White is required to keep updated Immunization Records on file in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations. Additionally, we require Physical Examinations for all students upon starting school at Father Andrew White. For students in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade we must also have a Blood Lead Testing Certificate on file. In addition, students entering seventh grade must have one dose of Tdap and one dose of Meningococcal vaccines. Please note that these requirements are through the state of Maryland and apply whether or not your child is attending school in person.

Information on which vaccines are required can be found on the Maryland Department of Health’s website athttps://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/IMMUN

If you have not already done so, please submit this information for your child as soon as possible. You should have received the “Immunization Policy Acknowledgment” form upon acceptance to Father Andrew White. This form can be found on the Father Andrew White website.

Regarding Medications:  If your child requires any medications to be administered at school, either routinely or on an as needed basis, we require a medication authorization form signed by you and your child’s healthcare provider.  This applies to any over the counter medications, as well (including cough drops).

Regarding Allergies: Please let us know as soon as possible if your child has any allergies. For the time being, we ask that you refrain from sending in foods that contain peanuts.  Once we have received everyone’s information, I will send an updated letter to address how we will handle things this year.

Regarding COVID-19: You should have already signed a form acknowledging that you will keep your child home if he or she exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19. These symptoms are also listed in the letter sent out in August by Ms. Francisco. As a reminder, these symptoms include the following: fever (100.4 and above) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Additionally, any time your child will be absent, you must notify the school either by phone or email. It is further recommended that you contact your child’s health care provider to determine if a COVID-19 test is needed. Whether or not they visit their doctor, it continues to be a requirement that your child be fever free and without vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without any medication before returning to school. We totally understand that there are many causes for the symptoms listed, and I will continue to communicate with you individually to discuss your child’s specific issues, as needed.

Lastly, please know that my door is always open. I ask that you tell your children that they can come to me not only for medical reasons, but for other issues as well. Mental health is as important as physical health, and each greatly impacts the other.

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 301-475-9795 or email at fawsnurse@fatherandrewwhite.org.

Sincerely,

Nurse Rose

(Rose Patton, RN)

COVID-19-Symptoms-Chart


Dear Parents:

As stated in your handbook, Father Andrew White is required to keep updated Immunization Records on file in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations. Additionally, we require Physical Examinations for all students upon starting school at Father Andrew White. For students in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade we must also have a Blood Lead Testing Certificate on file (if indicated).

Information on which vaccines are required can be found on the Maryland Department of Health’s website at https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/IMMUN

Recent changes have mandated that students entering seventh grade must have one dose of Tdap (tetanus and diptheria) and one dose of Meningococcal vaccines.

If you have not already done so, please submit this information for your child as soon as possible. You should have received the “Immunization Policy Acknowledgment” form upon acceptance to Father Andrew White. The form can be found on the Father Andrew White website or one can be sent home with your child for you to complete and return. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 301-475-9795 or email at fawsnurse@fatherandrewwhite.org.

Sincerely,
Rose Patton, RN
School Nurse

Nurse Note regarding Allergies and Snacks/Treats

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Contact

fawsnurse@fatherandrewwhite.org