Nurses Letter - October 10, 2019

Notice: The following letter was sent home with all students at the conclusion of the school day on October 10, 2019.



Dear Parents/Guardians:
 

 

As a precaution, we are writing to inform you of some health information that we hope will be helpful.  Recently, several students have stopped in the nurses’ office showing signs of “skin rash,”  “skin itching,” or “small bumps” that we cannot diagnose.  We are asking that you check with your son/daughter to determine if they have any skin concerns that may include a “skin rash,” “skin itching,” or “small bump” that you cannot identify.    

 

If you have any concerns, please feel free to call us at 302-854-2819.   With your permission, we will see your son/daughter in our office to take a look at the area of concern.  Additionally, if they are a member of our Wellness Center, we can also set up an appointment for them to be seen by our Nurse Practitioner.   If your son/daughter is already a member of the Wellness Center, you are more than welcome to call (302) 856-4630 to schedule an appointment for them to be seen by our Nurse Practitioner.  Also, you always have the option to see your primary care physician or a Walk-In Clinic.  If you select that option, please provide paperwork for us in the nurse’s office.  

 

As a reminder, we  continuously practice Universal Precautions here at school. This includes proper handwashing, cleaning hard surfaces, laundering linens/clothing in appropriate solution, and using protective equipment when necessary.  We encourage you to remind your son/daughter to do the same. We strongly endorse good handwashing throughout each day as the first line of defense in the spread of illness and infection. 

 

Below is some information (from the DIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee) that may be helpful for you. Below are some treatment guidelines that suggest “MINIMUM TREATMENT” before returning to any contact with other persons: 

·         Bacterial Diseases (impetigo, boils, etc.): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours.  Oral antibiotic for three days is considered a minimum to achieve that status.  If new lesions continue to develop or drain after 72 hours, MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) should be considered. 

·         Herpetic Lesions (Simplex, fever blisters/cold sores, Zoster, Gladiatorum): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours. For primary (first episode of Herpes Gladiatorum), students should be treated and not allowed to have skin to skin contact for a minimum of 10 days.  If general body signs and symptoms like fever and swollen lymph nodes are present, that minimum period of treatment should be extended to 14 days. Recurrent outbreaks require a minimum of 120 hours or five full days of oral anti-viral treatment, again so long as no new lesions have developed and all lesions are scabbed over.  

·         Tinea Lesions (ringworm on scalp or skin): Oral and/or topical treatment for a minimum of 7 days 

·         Scabies, Head Lice: 24 hours after appropriate topical management.  

·         Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): 24 hours of topical or oral medication and no discharge. 

·         Molluscum Contagiosum: Upon treatment with curettage and hyfrecator, may cover with biooclusive and return to contact with other persons immediately.  

 

If a skin rash is considered contagious, they are not allowed to have skin-to-skin contact with other students.  Once a lesion is considered “non-contagious”, students may be allowed to  participate in activities with other persons. 

 

We hope this information is helpful, but as always, feel free to call the nurses office at 302-854-2819 if you have any questions or concerns.   

 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Susan Lynch, MSN, RN, NCSN
Mrs. Lisa Fitler, MSN, RN, NCSN
Sussex Technical High School Nurses

Phone: 302-854-2819
Fax: 302-856-1760                      

 

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

 

As a precaution, we are writing to inform you of some health information that we hope will be helpful.  Recently, several students have stopped in the nurses’ office showing signs of “skin rash”,  “skin itching”, or “small bumps” that we cannot diagnose.  We are asking that you check with your son/daughter to determine if they have any skin concerns that may include a “skin rash”, “skin itching”, or “small bump” that you cannot identify.    

 

If you have any concerns, please feel free to call us at 302-854-2819.   With your permission, we will see your son/daughter in our office to take a look at the area of concern.  Additionally, if they are a member of our Wellness Center, we can also set up an appointment for them to be seen by our Nurse Practitioner.   If your son/daughter is already a member of the Wellness Center, you are more than welcome to call (302) 856-4630 to schedule an appointment for them to be seen by our Nurse Practitioner.  Also, you always have the option to see your primary care physician or a Walk-In Clinic.  If you select that option, please provide paperwork for us in the nurse’s office.  

 

As a reminder, we  continuously practice Universal Precautions here at school. This includes proper handwashing, cleaning hard surfaces, laundering linens/clothing in appropriate solution, and using protective equipment when necessary.  We encourage you to remind your son/daughter to do the same. We strongly endorse good handwashing throughout each day as the first line of defense in the spread of illness and infection. 

 

Below is some information (from the DIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee) that may be helpful for you. Below are some treatment guidelines that suggest “MINIMUM TREATMENT” before returning to any contact with other persons: 

 

·         Bacterial Diseases (impetigo, boils, etc.): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours.  Oral antibiotic for three days is considered a minimum to achieve that status.  If new lesions continue to develop or drain after 72 hours, MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) should be considered. 

·         Herpetic Lesions (Simplex, fever blisters/cold sores, Zoster, Gladiatorum): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours. For primary (first episode of Herpes Gladiatorum), students should be treated and not allowed to have skin to skin contact for a minimum of 10 days.  If general body signs and symptoms like fever and swollen lymph nodes are present, that minimum period of treatment should be extended to 14 days. Recurrent outbreaks require a minimum of 120 hours or five full days of oral anti-viral treatment, again so long as no new lesions have developed and all lesions are scabbed over.  

·         Tinea Lesions (ringworm on scalp or skin): Oral and/or topical treatment for a minimum of 7 days 

·         Scabies, Head Lice: 24 hours after appropriate topical management.  

·         Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): 24 hours of topical or oral medication and no discharge. 

·         Molluscum Contagiosum: Upon treatment with curettage and hyfrecator, may cover with biooclusive and return to contact with other persons immediately.  

 

If a skin rash is considered contagious, they are not allowed to have skin-to-skin contact with other students.  Once a lesion is considered “non-contagious”, students may be allowed to  participate in activities with other persons. 

 

We hope this information is helpful, but as always, feel free to call the nurses office at 302-854-2819 if you have any questions or concerns.   

 

Sincerely, 

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

 

As a precaution, we are writing to inform you of some health information that we hope will be helpful.  Recently, several students have stopped in the nurses’ office showing signs of “skin rash”,  “skin itching”, or “small bumps” that we cannot diagnose.  We are asking that you check with your son/daughter to determine if they have any skin concerns that may include a “skin rash”, “skin itching”, or “small bump” that you cannot identify.    

 

If you have any concerns, please feel free to call us at 302-854-2819.   With your permission, we will see your son/daughter in our office to take a look at the area of concern.  Additionally, if they are a member of our Wellness Center, we can also set up an appointment for them to be seen by our Nurse Practitioner.   If your son/daughter is already a member of the Wellness Center, you are more than welcome to call (302) 856-4630 to schedule an appointment for them to be seen by our Nurse Practitioner.  Also, you always have the option to see your primary care physician or a Walk-In Clinic.  If you select that option, please provide paperwork for us in the nurse’s office.  

 

As a reminder, we  continuously practice Universal Precautions here at school. This includes proper handwashing, cleaning hard surfaces, laundering linens/clothing in appropriate solution, and using protective equipment when necessary.  We encourage you to remind your son/daughter to do the same. We strongly endorse good handwashing throughout each day as the first line of defense in the spread of illness and infection. 

 

Below is some information (from the DIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee) that may be helpful for you. Below are some treatment guidelines that suggest “MINIMUM TREATMENT” before returning to any contact with other persons: 

 

·         Bacterial Diseases (impetigo, boils, etc.): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours.  Oral antibiotic for three days is considered a minimum to achieve that status.  If new lesions continue to develop or drain after 72 hours, MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) should be considered. 

·         Herpetic Lesions (Simplex, fever blisters/cold sores, Zoster, Gladiatorum): To be considered “non-contagious,” all lesions must be scabbed over with no oozing or discharge and no new lesions should have occurred in the preceding 48 hours. For primary (first episode of Herpes Gladiatorum), students should be treated and not allowed to have skin to skin contact for a minimum of 10 days.  If general body signs and symptoms like fever and swollen lymph nodes are present, that minimum period of treatment should be extended to 14 days. Recurrent outbreaks require a minimum of 120 hours or five full days of oral anti-viral treatment, again so long as no new lesions have developed and all lesions are scabbed over.  

·         Tinea Lesions (ringworm on scalp or skin): Oral and/or topical treatment for a minimum of 7 days 

·         Scabies, Head Lice: 24 hours after appropriate topical management.  

·         Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): 24 hours of topical or oral medication and no discharge. 

·         Molluscum Contagiosum: Upon treatment with curettage and hyfrecator, may cover with biooclusive and return to contact with other persons immediately.  

 

If a skin rash is considered contagious, they are not allowed to have skin-to-skin contact with other students.  Once a lesion is considered “non-contagious”, students may be allowed to  participate in activities with other persons. 

 

We hope this information is helpful, but as always, feel free to call the nurses office at 302-854-2819 if you have any questions or concerns.   

 

Sincerely, 

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