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Arnold J. Tyler
Elementary School
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Ms. Ruesch
Nurse - Tyler
mruesch@nlsd122.org

Nurse's office phone: 815-462-7814

A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process (NASN, 2016).

Flu season is here!

The Flu: a guide for parents: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2017.pdf

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight flu. 

  1. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. As long a flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated!
  2. Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  3. If your child has flu, keep them home to prevent spreading to other. Your child should remain home from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and the child is well enough to participate in normal daily activities. Please see our district handbook for more information.

For more information on "Keep the Flu out of School" initiative, please visit: http://www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org/school

Acquired from http://www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org on 1/18/2018 courtesy of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. 

Antibiotics are not effective against viruses like the common cold, flu, bronchitis, most sore throats, and many sinus and ear infections. Taking antibiotics can also have harmful side effects for you or your child. Read more about when antibiotics are and aren't needed: https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/index.html (CDC, 2017). 

On Wednesday, January 31st, Miles of Smiles dental program will be coming to Tyler! Miles of Smiles is a team of dental professionals that deliver preventative dental services to children in Illinois schools. Services may include: exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants if needed. There is NO cost to you for these services. Information and consent forms were sent home with your child. Please have your child return their completed consent form ONLY if they will be seeing the dentist. A copy of the consent form is located below as well. Forms are due back no later than January 10th. Second graders: All Illinois second graders are required by The Illinois Department of Public Health to have an oral health exam by a licensed dentist on file at school by 5/15/18. Miles of Smiles satisfies this dental requirement. First Graders: If your child is currently in first grade, signing up for Miles of Smiles will satisfy next years required second grade dental exam for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you, Melissa Ruesch, BSN, RN, PEL IL-CSN

For health and safety topics related to kids and teens, visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/kids