Chilton, WI 53014
Ms. Michelle Blaha
School Nurse
(920) 849-9457 or ext. 2209
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Asthma Letter to Parents

First published on 14 July 2016 Posted in Health

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Asthma is the most common chronic disease of children and is one of the leading causes of school absences. Our school records show that your son or daughter has a history of asthma. If this is incorrect please call and notify the office. Asthma can be managed in the school setting so that children can be active, healthy, and available to learn. Addressing asthma in the school setting is a collaborative effort.

Per recommendations of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, The Center for Disease Control, and the American Lung Association, ALL students with asthma should have a written Asthma Action Plan in place in the school setting. This plan will provide information about medication, symptoms, triggers, and when to step- up treatment for worsening symptoms or other special considerations such as a pre-exercise plan.

If your child is prescribed an inhaler and will be using it at school or any school functions, Chilton Public School District requires that the Inhaled Medication Authorization form be filled out and signed by the child’s physician and signed by the parent. If you would like your child to carry their inhaler, your child’s doctor and parent permission needs to be indicated on the Inhaled Medication Authorization Form. Please update the school with any modifications made in his/her treatment throughout the school year.

The Asthma Action Plan and the Inhaled Medication Authorization Form can be found on the district health website or in the school’s office. This paperwork must be completed annually before the first day of school and be brought to the school office.

Your time and effort in completing these forms is greatly appreciated. This is another step in keeping your child safe while getting the best possible education at school. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your child’s condition or need help completing these forms. Thank you!

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Dietary Restriction Letter to Parents

First published on 14 July 2016 Posted in Health

Dear Parent or Guardian,

If your child needs meal or snack accommodations while at school from food services due to an allergy, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance or another condition, a Dietary Request Form must be completed and signed by your child’s health care provider. Once complete, please return to your school office.

It is important that you notify your school nurse and your child’s healthcare provider if there are any changes during the school year for our records. Please feel free to call us if you would like to discuss your child’s condition or need help completing this form. Thank you for your time.

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Health Information about Meningitis

First published on 24 September 2015 Posted in Health

Dear Parents/Guardians,

There has been several confirmed cases of viral meningitis in the Green Bay area. At this time, I would like to note that there are NO suspected or confirmed cases here at Chilton Public School. However, CPS would like to take this opportunity to provide some information about meningitis and how to prevent it.

There are two types of meningitis, viral and bacterial. Viral meningitis is more common, rarely serious and usually causes fewer long-lasting problems in comparison to bacterial. Bacterial meningitis is generally more severe and typically requires hospitalization.

Meningitis can be spread through coughs, sneezes, and the exchange of respiratory droplets such as saliva or nasal discharge. As a result, individuals can catch the disease through common activities such as sharing water bottles, utensils, and kissing. Also, some viruses can get transmitted by the fecal-oral route, which means you must get something in your mouth that is contaminated with feces from an infected person.

Meningitis can be difficult to recognize due to early signs or symptoms such as a high fever, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, stiff neck and sleepiness or trouble waking, which are similar to those of a common viral illnesses. The disease, especially bacterial, can progress rapidly and may cause death or permanent disability within 48 hours of initial symptoms.

Routine methods for preventing this illness includes practicing good hygiene and frequent hand washing. Hands should be wash vigorously for a minimum of 20 seconds. Hand washing should take place after going to the bathroom, before eating or preparing food, and after touching nasal or oral secretions. Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and avoid sharing eating utensils or objects can help prevent the spread of meningitis. Also, being up to date on immunizations such as, measles, mumps, rubella and polio as these diseases can cause meningitis. Lastly, if you or your child develop signs or symptoms of meningitis or you think you have been exposed, see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately for evaluation.

Health and safety is always a top priority for the students at CPS. Please remind your child(ren) of these preventative measure to keep themselves and others around them healthy. These are good practicing standards that not only need to be done now, but at all times. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact your primary care physician or myself.

Katie Breitlow
Chilton Public School Nurse
(920) 849-9388 ext. 2209

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