June 2019 - Wellness Theme
Summertime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but please remember to pay attention to health and safety.
Sun Safety: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.” Besides sunburns and skin cancer, the sun can also cause wrinkling and skin aging. Follow these suggestions from the CDC for sun protection for you and your children:
Seek shade: Ultra violet (UV) rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so seek the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM. A tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent will work. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief afterwards. Be careful around surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays like water, snow, or concrete. Adults should use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more and, for children, the recommendations is SPF 30 or higher. Apply it 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours, especially after swimming, sweating or towel drying. Use it even on a cloudy day.
Cover up: Wear clothing that covers your entire body and is loose fitting. Think long sleeves and pants or a maxi skirt. Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your head, neck, and face. Wear sunglasses that protect from UVA and UVB rays, so be sure to check the label.
Avoid tanning beds: UV from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you have been in the sun, maybe try a sunless self-tanning product, but be sure to use a sunscreen when outside.
Drink plenty of water: When outside, staying hydrated helps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Health Reminders for Parents/Guardians: Summer is also a great time to get some health care items checked off the “to-do” lists. Before heading off for summer fun, here are some reminders:
2018-19 Medication Pick-up: Medications/medical supplies currently in the school clinics must be picked-up by a parent/guardian before summer vacation. Medications may only be sent home with students if the student has prior parent and provider consent on file to carry and self-administer the medicine (i.e. inhaler or EpiPen). Medications remaining in the clinic, after the last student day, June 13, 2019, will be disposed. If another adult is picking up for you, a note from you is required. Check with your nurse if you have a question.
2019-20 School Year Preparation: For next school year, if your child will need to have a health care procedure performed, take medication routinely, or use a rescue medication such as an inhaler or an EpiPen, please pick up the appropriate consent form(s) from your child’s school or get one online. A newly completed form is required each new school year for each medication or procedure.
Physical Examinations: Before a student may attend kindergarten/elementary school the first time, the school must have documentation of a current physical (within the past year). Student athletes need a Virginia High School League physical examination each year for sports participation.
Immunizations: Documentary proof of adequate age-appropriate immunizations is required for attendance at school. Please note, the state’s requirement for proof of a Tdap vaccination (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), prior to entry, changed. Effective July 1, 2019, the requirement changes from 6th to 7th grade.
Summer is a great time to get these tasks completed. Make your appointments now; the closer it gets to the start of new school year, the harder it is to get appointments for paperwork, vaccinations, and physical exams. Please bring completed forms and documentation to the school’s main office when completed and before the first day of the 2019-20 School Year. Thank you for helping us to help your child!
We hope you have a safe, healthy, and accident-free summer. Enjoy your summer break, and we look forward to seeing you next year.
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