Our school nurse is in our building on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Marie Kraus RN, MSN
Our school nurses embody the Washington Local Schools' core values daily as they promote student health and wellness. They have a multi-faceted role within the school setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of the students and their success in the learning process.
WLS' school nurses hold licenses with both the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Department of Education. All of our nurses have earned at least a bachelor's degree and many have graduate degrees as well.
School Nurse Services:
- Asses and treat student health concerns.
- Provide activities and education to promote student and staff member health and wellness.
- Manage in-school medication administration.
- Conduct screening for health factors impacting student learning and development.
- Develop individualized school-based health care plans to support student learning.
- Support the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and cystic fibrosis.
- Serve as liaison between school personnel, family, community and health care providers.
- Training and consultation for staff members on health topics.
- Assist WLS in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines for school health and wellness.
Message from WLS School Nurses on Flu Activity
Cold and flu season are here. The flu is a respiratory disease and not a stomach or gastrointestinal illness. While the flu and common cold are both respiratory illnesses the flu is generally worse than the common cold (typically runny and stuffy noses). The flu involves symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, and a dry cough.
The best way to protect oneself from the flu is to get a flu shot. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older should get a flu shot. You should get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available. However, you can get immunization any time throughout flue season. Getting the vaccine later in the season (December-March) can help protect you from getting the flu. The following are good practices to prevent the flu whether or not you are able to get vaccinated:
- Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when sick.
If your child has a temperature of 100 ° and higher or exhibits flu symptoms, it is best to keep him/her home from school. If possible, adults should stay home from work. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Or, cough and sneeze into your elbow and not your hands. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Wash your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Please encourage your children to wash their hands thoroughly when appropriate.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Germs are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth (i.e. door knob). Most healthy individuals may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before they have symptoms and up to 5 days after becoming sick. You can pass on the flu virus before you know you are sick.
Other good habits such as getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity, managing stress, drinking water, and eating good food, will help you and your family stay healthy. If you or your family experience symptoms that you think might be the flu, you should contact your health care provider.
Marie Kraus RN, MSN (Jefferson, Washington, Whitmer) [email protected]
Information on Required Immunizations
This PDF document contains a list of the required immunization students must have to meet the requirements for school attendance in the State of Ohio. There are also several immunizations that are not required for school attendance but are recommended by several major medical organizations. These immunizations are also listed.
ALL students must have a complete vaccination record on file at school within 15 days of attendance. If you have any questions regarding the requirements or your child's immunization record please contact your child's school nurse.
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