Monday, September 1, 2014
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THE WELLNESS ZONE

SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER

John F. Kennedy Campus

700 Palisade Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610

Telephone (203) 576-7535, Fax (203) 576-7516

 

My name is Kathy Spole. I am the Nurse Practitioner at the School-Based Health Center called ‘The Wellness Zone’. I work with Cathy Butte, our Medical Assistant and Donna Vitulano, our Social Worker. One day a week Dr. Dillard, a dentist, joins our team. What is a School-Based Health Center? It is a place for students to receive comprehensive health care services while in school. School-Based Health Centers are easily accessible, and the services are available to all students and are confidential. You need a signed permission form filled out by a parent to be a member, and if your family has insurance we will be the company, otherwise there is no fee. What services are offered? As a nurse practitioner, I can provide sick visits, as well as, check-ups in order for you to stay in school. I do health education and risk reduction services. The social worker provides individual and/or family counseling. We both offer different groups based on the needs of the schools and students. The dentist sees the students for cleanings and check-ups, if you do not have a community dentist. If it is an emergency, he will see you. That briefly describes what we do for the students at the JFK Campus. Here is some health news for students regarding the new vaccine/immunization policy by the State of Connecticut. For the 6th Grade physicals: Required for 2008-2009 school year: 1. Tdap – this is given to 11 y.o. and older. It is a new vaccine since 2005. This is in response to the increase cases of pertussis (whooping cough). The last time you received this was when you were 5 or 6 y.o. You need to get it only once. 2. 2 doses of Varicella and 2 doses of MMR. There are numerous cases of break through chicken pox. Therefore, it is now necessary to have 2 doses. Additionally, you could have 1 MMR and 1 measles vaccine. Now, you need 2 MMRs. Recommended for all adolescents: 1. Menactra (MCV4) – This vaccine is to prevent meningococcal disease, which is a serious illness, caused by a bacteria. It is spread by close contact. Before it was given to students living in dormitories. Now, the doctors are trying to prevent it early on. 2. HPV (Gardasil) – This vaccine protects against 4 major types of HPV, which is human papillomavirus. This virus causes most of the cases of cervical cancer and genital warts. It is a synthetic, not live, vaccine. It is a series of 3 shots over 6 months. Currently, it is for girls 11 to 12 years old. Research is going on to include the boys.

EXCLUSION POLICY LETTER

HIGH HORIZON MAGNET SCHOOL

700 Palisade Avenue

Bridgeport, CT.06610

203-576-7803/ fax# 203-337-0178



To: All Parents

From: Victoria Acosta, R.N., MSNEd.


The following are some guidelines to keep illnesses at a minimum:


PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME IF:


  1. He/she has not been fever free for 24 hours.
  2. He/she has vomited.
  3. He/she has had diarrhea.
     

WE WILL SEND YOUR CHILD HOME IF:


  1. He/she has a fever.
  2. He/she has vomited.
  3. He/she has diarrhea.
  4. He/she has a contagious condition such as conjunctivitis (pink eye infection), impetigo or any other problems.
  5. He/she has head lice.
  6. He/she is feeling poorly and after my assessment the child is unable to participate in class.

PLEASE NOTE: Medicine (prescription or over-the-counter) cannot be given in school unless a permission form is filled out and signed by a doctor and parent. Forms are available in the nurse's office and the doctor has the forms too. If your child needs medicine in school, have the drug store put it into two bottles or containers; one for home and one for school as there is always a possibility of forgetting the medicine or if it is not being refrigerated properly. Please make sure the teacher is aware if your child will take medicine in school. It must be brought to the nurse's office and put in a locked box.


IF YOU BECOME AWARE OF ANY PHYSICAL CONDITION THAT YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE, PLEASE LET US KNOW.


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK.


For information about MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, click on the icon below.  The information is listed under "Featured Links".

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Food for Thought BLAST OFF WITH BREAKFAST …… Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start the day off right. Kids who eat breakfast do better in the classroom. Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring – use your imagination. Breakfast Ideas: 1. Cereal with fruit & milk (grain, fruit & dairy) 2. Toast and peanut butter and a glass of glass of juice (grain, protein & fruit) 3. Hard boil egg (dairy and protein) -- Here you can carry and go! 4. Fruit muffin (grain & fruit) 5. Bagel with jelly or low fat cream cheese (grain with fruit or dairy) 6. Cereal bars (grain and/or fruit) --Another carry & go! For those who do not like breakfast foods, ‘unbreakfast’ foods work too. It’s not what you eat, but when you eat that makes it breakfast.