Galligan School Nurse
Martha Furtado BSN, RN
Announcements for October
If your child will be taking medication during the school day, either a prescription or any over-the counter medication , there is important information and forms that are needed.
a. A DOCTOR'S ORDER is needed for any medication.
b. Parent/guardian permission form
c. Medication labeled for the student.
*Students are NOT allowed to carry medication to or from school.
Please call or visit me & I will give you the school medication forms required. Also, for your convenience, I've attached the links to print the forms yourself if you like.
ANNUAL HEALTH CARD UPDATE: Most of the white annual health cads have been returned. If you have not returned your child's card, please complete & sign both sides & return it to school immediately. This will communicate any health concern information and provide accurate contact information. This assures that you are notified without delay, in the event of illness or injury at school.
What's in the Air this Fall ?
Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the FALL and starts with the cool nights & warm days of August & can last into September & October. Achoo!! Windy days will blow more allergies around & make us feel worse! Adults can consult with your pharmacist as to what works best for your allergies. Medication for children's allergies should be discussed with their doctor. There are over-the-counter ( OTC) and prescription medications available.
A few tips to keep allergies down...
1. Change your clothing if you've been outside.
2. Shower, wash your hair before bed or you'll transfer pollen to your pillow, blankets, etc & breathe it in all night.
Present & upcoming pollen alerts:
August - Ragweed
October-November- Mold spores due to rain
www.zyrtec.com (Pollen by month)
Student and Parent Handbook
Sparky the Fire Dog Hidden Pictures Activity
When to Keep Sick Children Home from School
National Fire Prevention Month
October is Fire Prevention Month & a good reminder to test your smoke detectors every month as well as your carbon dioxide ( CO) detectors. Batteries should be changed at least once a year. Daylight savings ( NOve 3, 2019), is another good reminder as well. "Change the time, change your batteries". See the link above to download a fun hidden pictures activity from Sparky the Fire dog. (sparky.org/activities).
Fall Recess Reminder
The warm weather will be with us for a few months longer & while it is nice to wear our flip flops and sandals, they should not be worn for recess or gym. A scrape of a toe or foot could occur with a simple trip. If you choose to have your child wear them please place their sneakers in their backpack so they can change shoes for outdoors.
EEE is still a threat to us until we have a hard freeze. Our area was recently sprayed via aerial spraying on 9/24/2019. The threat still continues. For October, dusk til dawn will be from approximately 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
Prevention is the key to avoid mosquito & tick bites.
Use DEET ( up to 30% concentration), picardin, or premethrin repellant on clothing and any open skin.
Also wear long pants tucked in sneakers/shoes when in tall grassy areas.
Do TICK CHECKS everyday after your child comes in from play. Ticls especially like warm places like behind ears, under arms, behind the neck & belly buttons!
Avoid outdoor activities at dusk & standing water ( pools, ponds, etc), where mosquitos are more prevalent.
Tick information :
-Eastern Equine Encephalitis ( EEE) information :