Energy drinks advertise that they make a person more alert and they enhance sports performance. Most energy drinks contain some or most stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, ginseng, taurine and gingko biloba. Many contain a large amount of sugar. These drinks can cause sleep issues, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even seizures. The best energy drink is water!
• Breakfast is the single most important meal. Encourage your child to eat breakfast to “fuel” their body each morning.
• Remind your child to wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating and throughout the day.
• Instruct your child to cough and sneeze into his/her elbow instead of his/her hands.
• Teach your child to keep his/her hands away from his/her eyes, nose, and mouth. This reduces the chance of transmission of germs.
• When your child is sick, keep them at home; even if there is a big test at school or project to turn in. Your child will probably not perform well on the test if he/she has a fever or has been up all night with vomiting or diarrhea or is constantly coughing. And more than likely your child is contagious and will risk infecting other students.
Each time your child receives a new vaccine, an updated Immunization Certificate(Blue Form) should be brought to the Health Room. Additionally, throughout the school year the nurse will review records for expiration dates. The nurse will give a one month advanced notice to parents of students with upcoming expiration dates. Prompt attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
All rising 6th grade students (aged 11 or 12 years) are required to have a dose of the Tdap vaccine before entering 6th grade. A new blue immunization form will be required before your student will be able to start classes in August. Avoid the summer rush and see the physician before the end of the school year.
A student does not need to be placed in a situation where they may be confronted for drugs. Some medications have street value. When the parent brings the medicine to school, everyone is assured that the medication is in a secured location and tampering with the medicine has not occurred.
The original container provides information from the manufacturer about the over-the-counter medications, including the name of the medication, the proper dose, how the medication should be given, how often the medication can be given, possible side effects, and when the medication is no longer effective (an expiration date).
Yes, students may carry inhalers and Epi-Pens (both considered rescue medications) at school if both the parent and physician deem it appropriate. The self-administration section of the “Parent/provider Authorization" form must be completed by the physician and the parent.
Parents/guardians must inform the school nurse of any medication changes. New medication or different doses will not be given unless the parent completes a new medication form to include the physician’s signature. The information on the prescription bottle label must match the new authorization form.
If your child had a temperature greater than 100 degrees F., you should not send your child to school. Children may return to school when his/her temperature is below 100 degrees without the aid of Tylenol or any other fever reducing medication for 24 hours. In addition, if your child develops fever greater than 100 degrees during the school day, you will be called to arrange for someone to take the student home.
Medication in a lunch box could be lost or taken by another student. If a staff member found the medication it could be considered as a drug with consequences according to the Code of Conduct. To ensure the health and safety of our students, all medications must be brought to the Health Room by the parent/guardian in the original and properly labeled container.
The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are very common.
The disease is most common in children and people with certain medical conditions that affect their immune system. College freshmen living in dormitories also have increased risk of getting the disease. The disease is spread through exchange of respiratory droplets or saliva with an infected person including kissing, coughing sneezing and sharing drinking glasses and eating utensils. In a few people, the bacteria overcome the body’s immune system and pass through the lining of the nose and throat into the blood stream where they cause meningitis. Meningitis is a term that describes inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
MCV4, or the meningococcal vaccine, is recommended for all children 11-12 years of age and for unvaccinated adolescents at high school entry (15 years of age). High school seniors should also consider obtaining the vaccine prior to entering college, especially if they are planning on living in a dormitory. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.
• Hearing & vision screenings are provided for all Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students and all new to Hoover City Schools 2nd and 4th grade students during the first month of school each Fall.
• Vision Research Corporation utilizes digital technology to detect eye issues in children. This screening is offered to students in Kindergarten and 2nd grade. (For more information go to: Http://vision-research.com)
• Scoliosis (spinal) screening is required annually by law for students in Alabama in Grades 5-9.
It depends on the illness and duration of the illness.
Due to the increase in the number of flu cases and other illnesses in our schools and community we are asking parents to assist us with the appropriate time for your child to return to school. Please review the following guidelines:
1. Fever: Your child should stay home if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees (orally) or more and should remain home for 24 hours after the fever has gone---without the assistance of Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc
2. Vomiting or Diarrhea: Your child should stay home if he/she has vomited or has diarrhea (more than 1 loose stool) within 2 hours prior to the start of school. They must have eaten and tolerated at least 1 normal meal before returning to school.
3. Strep Throat: If you child has been diagnosed as having strep throat (this requires a special test by your doctor), your child should stay home 24 hours after antibiotic therapy has been started.
Our goal is to keep the entire school population as healthy as possible. Together we can accomplish this goal.
When your child is absent from school, they must bring a note from you to the attendance office upon their return to explain the reason for absence.
Even if the attendance office personnel phoned you regarding the absence, you must still send a note to the attendance office in order for the absence to be excused. Immediately on return to school, the student should make contact with his/her teachers to make arrangements for make-up work. If your child has a test on a day that he/she is really too ill to be at school, please keep your child at home. Do not send your child to school with plans to “just take the test and then call you for check out”. If your child is that ill, he/she will not do well on the test, not to mention that everyone around them will have been exposed to a potentially contagious illness. You may also deliver important projects due that day to the teacher at school for the student if he/she is too ill to attend school that day. Please refer to the Student Handbook for more details.