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Common Childhood Diseases or Conditions

 

 

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Students with contagious health problems should be kept home. Do not send children to school with notes to stay in because of illness. A child that is too ill to be at school should remain at home unless a chronic condition exists and a doctor recommends in writing that the child may attend, but remain indoors during recesses or lunch.

Student will be sent home from school if they experience any of the following:

  • Fever over 100°
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive cough that interrupts the classroom or causes vomiting
  • Extreme tiredness

 

When To Keep Students Home From School

If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever greater than 100.0°. A fever let's us know that our body is fighting something off. We are contagious during this time and need rest. Students should be fever free for at least 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, before returning to school.
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students should stay home for 24 hours to make sure they can keep food/liquids down.
    • Sore throat with a fever greater than 100.0°. Students should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. If they are diagnosed with Strep throat, then they should stay home until they have been on the antibiotics for 24 hours.
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  • Excessive coughing that produces thick mucous. Students should stay home if they are coughing so much it keeps them from participating in class or disrupts their classmates, or they are coughing so hard it is causing vomiting.
  • Earache. The child needs to see a doctor.
  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis). Keep the child home until a doctor has given the OK to return to school. Pink eye is highly contagious and most cases are caused by a virus, which will not respond to an antibiotic. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require an antibiotic; your doctor will be able to determine if this is the case.

Of course there are always exceptions. Your school nurse is a great resource, please contact her for any questions.

 

Common Illnesses Seen At School

ALLERGIES

Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance in the environment. This substance (pollen, mold, animal dander, etc.) is called an allergen.

The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms can progress rapidly, so head for the emergency room if there’s any suspicion of anaphylaxis.

ASTHMA

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs. This results in asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Some people refer to asthma as "bronchial asthma."

CANKER SORE

A canker sore is a small ulcer inside your mouth. The specific cause is unknown and they are not contagious.They usually heal on their own without medical treatment.

CHICKENPOX

Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes an itchy rash and red spots or blisters all over the body. A person is contagious from 2-3 days before the rash appears until every blister has crusted over. Student may return to school once every "pox" has crusted over.

COLD SORE

A cold sore is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. It causes small blisters to form on the lip or around the mouth. They are contagious, washing your hands immediately after touching the blister and not sharing utensils, drinking cups, towels, or razors will help stop the spread. Students may attend school but are instructed not to touch the blisters and to use good hand washing.

DIABETES

Diabetes, the most common disorder of the endocrine (hormone) system, occurs when blood sugar levels in the body consistently stay above normal.

Diabetes is a disease brought on by either the body's inability to make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or by the body not responding to the effects of insulin (type 2 diabetes). It can also appear during pregnancy. Insulin is one of the main hormones that regulates blood sugar levels and allows the body to use sugar (called glucose) for energy.

EPILEPSY

Seizures -- abnormal movement or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain -- are a symptom of epilepsy. But not all people who appear to have seizures have epilepsy. In contrast, epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures.

FIFTH DISEASE

Fifth disease is a viral illness, with a very distinctive type rash, often called "slapped cheek disease." You are contagious before the rash ever appears. Student may attend school as long as they are fever free (<100° Fahrenheit).

HEAD LICE

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the human body, typically found in the hair. They spread by head to head contact or sharing clothing or personal items like hats/brushes. Student may attend school, treatment with a lice shampoo and removal of all nits is recommended.

IMPETIGO

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that develops red sores that can break open, ooze fluid then form a yellow-brown crust. They may develop anywhere on the body but usually form around the mouth and nose. Student may return to school 24 hours after topical antibiotics have been started.

INFLUENZA

Influenza is a viral infection that causes fever, headache, cough, body aches, and fatigue. It is contagious. Students may return to school when they are fever free(<100° Fahrenheit) for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

MENINGITIS

Meningitisis an infection of the coverings around the brain and spinal cord. There are two main kinds, bacterial and viral. Student may return to school when fever free (<100° Fahrenheit)for 24 hours and with doctor OK.

METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA)

MRSA is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. Most often, it causes mild infections on the skin, causing sores or boils. Student may be in school if the infected area remains covered.

MONONUCLEOSIS

Mononucleosis, also called "mono" is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus(EPA). It can leave you feeling tired and weak for weeks or months. Mono will go away on it's own without medical treatment. Student may return to school when fever free (<100° Fahrenheit).

PINK EYE

Pink eye is redness and swelling of the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. It is usually not serious and goes away in 7-10 days without medical treatment. Students may be sent home from school, especially if bacterial conjunctivitis is suspected. Student may stay in school if not bacterial and they are mature enough to keep their hands away from their eyes and use good hand washing techniques. If an antibiotic has been prescribed, student may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic has been started.

POISONING

If poisoning is suspected, call the local Poison Center for help at 1-800-222-1222. Syrup of ipecac should no longer be used routinely and should not be kept in the home. 64% of poisonings are unintentional.

RINGWORM

Ringworm is caused by a fungus. It looks like a small round patch of red skin, either blistery or dry and scaly, usually in the shape of a ring. It is very contagious and spreads through skin-to-skin contact and when things like towels, hairbrushes, and sports equipment are shared. Student may return to school 24 hours after the start of treatment.

SCARLET FEVER

Scarlet fever is a term used for strep throat with a rash. It is a rough, red rash that feels like sandpaper and usually starts on the chest and abdomen. It is accompanied by a fever and sore-throat and sometimes, bright red spots on the tongue. Student may return to school 24 hours after antibiotics are started and fever free (<100° Fahrenheit).

STREP THROAT

Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the tissue at the back of the throat and tonsils. This causes a sudden, severe sore-throat accompanied by a fever >101, pain and difficulty swallowing and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Student may return to school 24 hours after antibiotics are started and fever free (<100° Fahrenheit).

STYE

Stye is an infection that causes a tender red lump on the eyelid. Usually caused by a bacterial infection in a hair follicle. Student may stay in school.

 

Health Resources

Wellness Events

 

 

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Hearing and Vision:

Each fall Kuna Lions Club provides free basic sight and hearing screenings by trained volunteers to Kuna School District students. Screenings are conducted in a mobile screening unit that travels to each of elementary school for students in kindergarten, first and third grade. Parents are welcome to volunteer to help. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your school nurse.

Children who fails or misses their first screening will be screened again at a second screening conducted a few weeks later. If your child fails this second screening, a letter will be sent home indicating which screening they failed.

Each school nurse has access to VSP's Sight for Students vision certificates for students that meet their qualifications. These certificates provide for free vision exams and glasses (if needed). To be eligible for a certificate, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Family income is no more than 200% of federal poverty level (see chart below).
  • Child is not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance.
  • Child is 18 years old or younger and has not graduated from high school.
  • Child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant with a social security number.
  • Child has not used the Sight for Students program during the past 12 months.
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200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (2011)
Size of Family48 States & DCAlaskaHawaii
1 $21,780 $27,200 $25,080
2 29,420 36,760 33,860
3 37,060 46,320 42,640
4 44,700 55,880 51,420
5 52,340 65,440 60,200
6 59,980 75,000 68,980
7 67,620 84,560 77,760
8 75,260 94,120 86,540
For each additional
person add:
$7,640 $9,560 $8,780

Scoliosis:

Scoliosis screening is typically done in middle school or junior high. Many cases which previously would have gone undetected until they were more advanced are now being caught at an early stage. The 7th grade girls and boys are screened for scoliosis (curvature of the spine) by the school nurse during their P.E. class. This screening is done to detect possible spinal problems.

The nurse will inspect the spinal column, shoulders, hips, and back while the student stands and then bends forward. For additional information on this procedure, please see the Scoliosis Screening brochure. An opt-out form will be sent home with each student the week before screening begins. Please return the form if you do not want the screening.

The school nurse will contact you if a spinal concern is detected.

PDF Document Scoliosis Screening Opt-Out Form

Operation School Bell

With the help of the Assistance League of Boise, Operation School Bell provides new clothing, a pair of shoes, a winter coat and personal grooming products to children from families identified by Ada County school personnel. This assistance enhances each child's self-esteem, promotes learning and encourages regular school attendance.

Growth and Development Education

A "Growth and Development" lesson is presented to all fifth grade students in gender separate classes. This lesson's objective is to explain physical and emotional changes associated with puberty and will be taught by either a teacher or the school nurse. As part of the lesson the 15-minute video, “Everything You Wanted to Know about Puberty” will be shown and free hygiene kits are given to the students.

Participation in the lesson is based only upon written parental permission. Students not participating in this class will attend a separate classroom to read or complete other class work. Parents of participating students are encouraged to hold additional puberty related discussions with their child in the home.

The lesson outline and video is available for preview by appointment.

PDF Document Growth and Development Permission Form

Immunizations - It's the Rule, Shots Before School

 

 

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Requirements

All Idaho schools must abide by Idaho Code, 39-4801. This code requires all students enrolled and enrolling in Idaho Schools to have verifiable documentation of immunizations prior to school entrance. This documentation must show date and type of each dose administered. This must be stamped by a physician or health department. Parental recall of dates and types of immunizations received are not acceptable.

 

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Immunization Requirements
The minimum requirements for students...Required Immunizations
born after September 1, 2005
born after September 1, 1999 through September 1, 2005
born on or before September 1, 1999

entering 7TH GRADE - NEW 2011 REQUIREMENTS!!

 

 

2016/2017 Guide to Immunizations required for school entry

Intended Immunizations

If your student is in the process of receiving, or has been scheduled to receive, the required immunizations, the following form must be returned to the school at the time of first admission and before attendance.

If a student is admitted to school and fails to continue the schedule of intended immunizations, that student will be excluded from school until documentation is presented setting forth the administration of the required immunization(s).

PDF Document Schedule of Intended Immunizations Form
PDF Document Schedule of Intended Immunizations Form - Spanish

Exemption

A student who supplies documentation to the district of one (1) or more of the following conditions is not required to undergo the required relevant immunizations:

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  • Laboratory proof of immunity to any of the eight (8) childhood diseases set forth above;
  • A signed statement of a licensed physician stating that the student has had Measles or Mumps disease diagnosed by the physician upon personal examination;
  • A signed statement of a licensed physician that the student’s life or health would be endangered if any or all of the required immunizations are administered; or
  • A signed Idaho Exemption Form
PDF Document Idaho Immunization Exemption Form
PDF Document Idaho Immunization Exemption Form - Spanish

Exclusion from school

This district will exclude from school students who are diagnosed or suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease and students who have been exposed to contagious or infectious diseases for which they have not been immunized. This district will also close school on order of the state board of health or the local health authorities. Please review Kuna School District's Immunization Requirements Policy for further information.

 

Invalid Vaccinations

Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from potentially harmful diseases that can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a Recommended Immunization Schedule that explains which vaccinations are recommended for every age group, how many doses of the vaccine are necessary to protect a person from each disease, and how to space out the doses. When doses are given too close together, the body may not have enough time to develop immunity, and the vaccine's effectiveness cannot be assured. If your child has received a vaccine that is considered invalid, please take the following form to your doctor.

PDF Document Notification of Invalid Vaccination
PDF Document Notification of Invalid Vaccination - Spanish

 

School Health Forms

 

 

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Health History

A Health History form is required for each student in the district.

PDF Document Health History - Kindergarten through 3rd grade
PDF Document Health History - Kindergarten through 3rd grade - Spanish
PDF Document Health History - 4th grade through 12th grade
PDF Document Health History - 4th grade through 12th grade - Spanish

Allergy, Asthma, Diabetes, and Seizure Questionnaires

The following questionnaire forms are required for students with the these conditions:

PDF Document Severe Allergies
PDF Document Asthma
PDF Document Diabetes
PDF Document Seizures

Medication

If a student must take prescription or non-prescription medication during school hours, a "Medication Consent Form" must be signed and returned to the school by a parent or guardian. The medication should be in the original container (your pharmacy will usually make up the prescription in two separate containers) and the student's name, prescription number, doctor, and directions must be clearly written on the container.

For a complete list of policy and guidelines regarding medications, please review the district's policy: "Administering Medications".

PDF Document Medical Consent Form and Letter
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Athletics

All students participating in interscholastic athletics must complete the Idaho Health Examination and Consent Form.

PDF Document Idaho Health Examination and Consent Form

Other

These permission forms are required for participation in the following activities:

PDF Document Scoliosis Screening
PDF Document Growth and Development Education

Health Services

 


Who We Are

School Nurses

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Alicia Jordan, RN, BSN, NCSN

Kuna High School
Kuna, Idaho 83634
Phone: (208) 955-0200
Fax: (208) 922-2178

 

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Rana Brown

Crimson Point Elementary
Hubbard Elementary
Ross Elementary
Kuna, Idaho 83634

Berg Teresa

Teresa Berg

Kuna Middle School
Initial Point High School
Kuna, Idaho 83634

 

Gordon Susan

Susan Gordon

Teed Elementary
Reed Elementary
Kuna, Idaho 83634 

 Tana MortonMorton Tana

Silver Trail Elementary
Indian Creek Elementary
Kuna, Idaho 83634

   

 

 

What We Do

School nurses ensure that students and staff are able to learn and work in a safe and healthy environment. Kuna School District's school nurses are dedicated to providing the following health services::

  • Emergency and urgent situation management
  • Assessment of health complaints and care for students with special health needs
  • Identification and management of students' chronic health care needs that affect educational achievement
  • Diabetes management
  • Medication administration
  • Hearing, vision, and scoliosis screening
  • Health, growth and development education
  • Immunization management
  • Function as leaders of the school health services team which includes clerical staff, classroom aides, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers

 

What Is School Nursing?

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.

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School Alert Text Messaging

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School Alert Text Messaging

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District and Community eFlyers

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  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 20-24

    Winter Break - Dec. 22 - Jan 5

    No School (Human Rights Day) - Jan 15

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Kuna Mission and Vision

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The Kuna School District inspires each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing, responsible citizen.

Vision

Working together with parents, community resources and educators, each student who graduates from the Kuna School District will have the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to have the future he/she desires.