Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school!

Please make sure your child is ready for a healthy school year. Along with all of the new pencils, notebooks, clothes etc, make sure they are ready to learn by encouraging a good night sleep and a good healthy breakfast the first day and everyday. The cafeteria will once again be serving breakfast as well as lunch. To help ease the transition from summer to school,  start now to adjust bedtimes.

If your student has any health concerns, please make sure I am aware of them. You may drop off paperwork and medications on Tuesday 9/5/17 during the open house, or on the first day of school Wednesday 9/6/17. Please make sure the proper paperwork that was sent home last spring is completed. If you need another copy, the forms are available on the Lumberton website under parent forms. Please check the back to school first day packets for other important health forms that need to be returned.

I am looking forward to another healthy school year!

 

 

 

 

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Recess Relay

 

RELAY RECESS / RELAY FOR LIFE

Our Bobby’s Run students will be participating in a Relay Recess / Relay for Life program in conjunction with the American Cancer Society on Friday, May 26th.  Just look at what this event will benefit!

 

  • Students will learn four important components during their Health class – Nutrition, Fitness, Sun Protection and Tobacco Prevention.
  • The Health and Fitness Club  students have made posters for the event and also have been making items to sell to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Items will be on sale in the cafeteria during the lunch periods and students can buy duct tape flower pencils or paper feet for $1.00; book marks for 2/$1 or duct tape strips to tape Mrs. Hofstrom to the wall for $3.00; and Luminaira bags to decorate and place out at the walk for $10.00.  We hope you will support your child and help in their fundraising efforts.
  • During the actual physical part of this program, 4th grade students will relay during 7thperiod and 5th grade during 8th period.  And it’s more than just walking!  Students will receive an index card and for every Bobby’s Run School lap they accomplish, they get a hole punch in their card.  When they complete their lap they will earn a water bottle, a slice of orange and a toe token – cool!

 

This is an ideal lesson in promoting cancer prevention awareness with a fun physical fitness activity while unifying our school with our community for a common cause.  Thank you to all!

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Parent fact sheet on Lyme Disease

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Lice information

Parents/Guardians,

The Lumberton nurses felt that the lack of scientific information about head lice in the community had resulted in unwarranted absences from class, unnecessary expenditure of money on products and/or services and a pervasive sense of fear throughout our schools and neighborhoods.

In order to design protocol that was based in fact rather than fear, the nurses reviewed the results of research studies that had been published in a variety of scientific journals.

The purpose of this letter is to explain some procedures related to the management of head lice in school, and to offer some additional resources to you so that you, too, many become better educated on this topic.

The Procedures:  Here are a few procedural highlights that may be of particular interest:

1. Exclusion The current recommendations by leading medical experts state that students with eggs and/or head lice should remain in school and not be immediately excluded.  This is not to say that all children with identified cases of head lice will remain in school all day – the nurses will be the first to tell you that our Lumberton parents are very quick to arrive at school once we call them to say their child has head lice!  However, immediate exclusion of these students is not considered necessary.

Why is exclusion NOT recommended by medical experts?

1)      Although head lice are a nuisance, they do not cause disease and are not dangerous to the child or to others.  Children with the common cold, which is easily passed from student-to-student are allowed to stay in school.  Children with head lice, who are not sick and pose no risk of illness, should not be excluded from school.

2)      By the time head lice is discovered, the child has usually had them for 3-4 weeks.  Therefore it makes no sense to immediately exclude them from class.

3)      No matter how careful staff is to protect the privacy of students, when a student leaves a class and does not return, the assumption is that the student has head lice.  This can be unnecessarily embarrassing for the child and family.

4)      Most importantly, school is not a high risk area for getting lice!  Over the last 12 years, multiple studies have proven the school rarely is the site of lice transmission.  The vast majority of cases of lice are spread by friends and family members who play or live together.  In the rare case when spread of head lice has occurred at school, it is among very young children, in preschool or kindergarten and likely a result of playing closely together in ways that result in head-to-head contact.

Lice elicit an emotional reaction.  “No-nit” policies were based on that reaction, not on scientific evidence of lice transmission.  Scientific research has informed us that keeping students with eggs or even lice, out of school has not had an effect on the amount of head lice at school.

1. Disseminations of Information:  As always, the certified school nurses will work closely with parents and children providing educational and emotional support.  But, with the adoption of our protocol, and equipped with a wealth of scientific information, we continue to turn our efforts toward more meaningful, personalized attention to the child with head lice.

If active lice or nits (eggs) are found, the parent will be confidentially notified.  The school nurse will provide information to the parents about proper treatment options. Parents of children with head lice will be encouraged to talk to others parents of close friends.  Parents will not be informed of other children who have lice in school, as that is a privacy concern and the risk of getting lice from a classmate is very small.

Students with lice with be checked when they return to school and as needed (the nurse and the parent will devise a plan for working together to support the needs of the students).

Classroom head checks will be at the discretion of the nurse and only in the youngest grades.  This is where the risk for transmission at school may be higher due to the types of play (involving head to head contact) that may occur more naturally within this age group.

Parents will be asked to complete a district treatment verification form upon their child’s return to school.  Knowing what strategies have been used to address the infestation will allow the nurses to better serve the needs of each individual student.

Head lice are very common.  They always exist in communities and in schools.  No school is ever lice-free: just as no school is free of the common cold.  After a close look at the scientific evidence available, your school nurses continue to approach this subject with the same high standards for delivering evidence-based care that we apply to the rest of our practice.  Equipped with scientific knowledge, the support of our administration and the endorsement of the experts, we look forward to continuing to serve the students and the families of the School District of Lumberton with the highest standards.

Please feel free to contact us with your comments and questions.

Sincerely,

Amy Hummel, BSN, RN, CSN

Alessandra Gambino, MS, BSN, RN, CSN

Kathy Barbieri, BSN, RN,CSN

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Lice

Lice Lessons

What are head lice?

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp.  They feed on blood.  The eggs, also called nits, are tiny, tear-drop shaped eggs that attach to the hair shaft.  Nits often appear yellowish or white, and can look like dandruff but cannot be removed or brushed off.  They nymph, or babay louse, is smaller and grow to adult size in one to two weeks.  The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed and appears grayish-white.  An itchy and inflamed scalp is a common symptom of lice.  Although not common, persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.

Who is affected by head lice?

Head lice are not related to cleanliness.  In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. Infestations can occur at school or in the community.  Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact – for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities or camp.  Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, combs or bedding.

What to do if an infestation occurs?

If you think your child has head lice, it is important to talk to a healthcare provider to discuss the best treatment approach for your family

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Dental Care

Dental Clinic – $5.00/visit

Burlington County College Dental Hygiene Program offers clinic sessions several days a week during the school year for adults and children over the age of four.  They can perform cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants and charge $5.00 per visit.  Please call 609-894-9311 extension 1074 for an appointment or more information.

Give Your Kids A Smile

Give your kids a Smile is February 5th. Please call (609)894-9311×1074 to schedule an appointment.

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Health and Fitness Club

Ms. Stinson and I will be starting the Health and Fitness Club here at Bobby’s Run next week on October 22nd. We will be learning about first aid, nutrition and safety and will have a 1/2 hr of light exercise. If interested, have your child pick up a permission slip and return it to either Ms. Stinson or Mrs. Barbieri

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Hand Hygiene Day!

Oct 15 th is Global Hand Hygiene Day! Click on link below for ways to stay healthy with handwashing.

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Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a healthy and relaxing summer. Please remember if your child has a fever or vomiting they must be symptom free without medicine for 24 hrs before returning to school. Please encourage your students to wash their hands frequently, and to cover their cough and sneezes.

If your student is absent or late, please call the attendance line by 9 am.

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