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Health Office

The goal of the school nurse is to help students stay in school and minimize absences whenever possible.

Student health is a team effort between students, parents/guardians and the health office. The nurse looks forward to caring for all our students’ healthcare needs both big and small. The nurse is at TA Monday-Thursday. Please don’t hesitate to call or email.

Resiliency

Students and parents/guardians recently science has shown that improving resiliency helps decrease anxiety and increases success in school. One helpful way to learn about resiliency is a helpful Australian app which provides a resiliency program for families, https://www.smilingmind.com.au/resilient-families-program. This app also includes tools to help students manage: anxiety, sleep issues, and helps with mindfulness.

Student Illness

What to do when your student is ill:

  • If your student is sick, please let the Main Office or School Nurse know what symptoms they are having when you call in. If your child has: a fever over 100.0 degrees, vomiting, headache, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, significant congestion (that’s not allergies), communicable rash (scarlet fever, impetigo) they must stay home.
  • If there is a concern that a student might have Covid, please contact the School Nurse and follow the Covid exposure procedure outlined below.
  • If your child is ill or injured and not able to attend school, please contact the School Nurse.
  • Take home Covid test kits and N95 masks are available in the Health Office and TA’s Main Office.

Medications and Health Conditions

Prescription medications:

  • Must be kept in the Health Office.
  • Parents/guardians must get a current medication order to the School Nurse before medication can be given at school.
  • The student’s provider must send in permission (to the Health Office) to self-carry an inhaler or epi-pen.

Over-the-counter medications:

  • A student needs written parent/guardian approval to take over-the-counter medications at school; students can bring a written note or have parents email permission to the School Nurse.
  • Approved over-the-counter medications will be administered in the Health Office or in the Main Office (in the event that the School Nurse is unavailable).

Field Trips and Sports:

  • Parents please remember that you are responsible for making sure your student has their medication (rescue inhaler/epi-pen etc.) when going on a school-sponsored field trip or athletic event.
  • Students, please remember you are asked to get the medicine to your teacher or coach at the start of the field trip or game.

Covid Information for Families

When a student has Covid:

  • If a student is diagnosed with Covid, they should stay home for five days, returning to school on day six if symptoms are improved and the student has had no fever for 24 hours.
  • The Vermont Department of Health recommends that individuals isolate immediately after a positive Covid test result. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals and regardless of symptoms. Isolation means staying home and away from other people for at least five days from the date of a positive test or the start of symptoms, whichever is earlier.

When a student is exposed to Covid:

  • New! If you do not have symptoms but have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, it is recommended to test five (5) full days after the COVID-19 exposure.

Covid Testing:

  • In-school Covid testing and at-home Covid tests are available from the Health Office.

Recent Health Office News

  • That darned stomach bug is back 🙁 Illnesses – A stomach bug, causing much vomiting, has arrived at TA, the elementary school is also affected. If you want to keep your tummy happy; please don’t share water bottles or food. – We still have several students out with influenza symptoms. Symptoms......

  • Illnesses – We still have several students out with influenza symptoms. Symptoms are headache, sore throat nausea, body aches and fever. If your child has a temperature over 100.0 they need to stay home, please. – It is taking 3-6 days for students to feel well after getting the flu.......

  • Happy snowy winter! Illnesses – We have more influenza this week. The symptoms are headache, sore throat nausea, body aches often with fever. If your child has a temperature over 100.0 they need to stay home, please. – It is taking 3-6 days for students to feel well after getting......

  • Illnesses – Less students were out sick this week, which is great. – We continue to have a few cases of influenza, the symptoms are headache, nausea, body aches often with fever. If your child has a temperature over 100.0 they need to stay home, please. – We have 1......

  • Welcome to the New Year. Illnesses – We continue to have a few cases of influenza, the symptoms are headache, nausea, body aches often with fever. If your child has a temperature over 100.0 they need to stay home, please. – We have 2 individuals out with Covid. Covid is......

  • Wishing Everyone a Restful Holiday Break. Illnesses – We have a few cases of influenza, with fever.  Your child can still get a flu shot at their doctor’s office. – We have an increase in Covid cases; we have 11 individuals out with Covid from the end of last week and this week. –......

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