Notes from the Nurse
Your child's 6th grade school nurse will provide you with a packet that contains all the medical paperwork required for entrance to 7th grade.
Requirements for 7th grade are:
7th grade immunizations
Tdap is required by State Law
Hepatitis A, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Meningococcal (Menactra) and influenza are also recommended by pediatricians and family doctors
If your student has been diagnosed with asthma and/or takes medication at school, (Tylenol, cough drops, eye drops or any prescription medication) a new order from the doctor as well as labeled medication are required at the start of each new school year.
It is recommended that you make a copy of all required documents for your records and in case originals are misplaced.
All paperwork must be turned into Morton Magnet Middle School by the first day of school.
If your child is considering playing sports at Morton, the following additional paperwork is required. Links to these forms can be found on the Morton website (www.ops.org/middle/morton) and will also be available in the fall at Morton.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Morton Magnet Middle School Nurse at 402-557-4715.
The onset of winter brings with it the cough and cold season. Consequently, there may be more medicines in the home then at other times of the year. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center would like to alert you to some of the potential problems associated with incorrect or accidental usage of these medicines.
· Remember, prevention is the best treatment for poisonings.
· Keep all medicines in a locked cupboard.
· Always check with the other parent to prevent double-dosing of a child.
· Be sure to turn the lights on at night to ensure correct use of the medicine.
Cough and Cold Medicines:
These medications may contain antihistamines, decongestants, and/or cough suppressants. Some also contain aspirin and acetaminophen or even alcohol. Used incorrectly these drugs can have a stimulant effect on a child or may cause extreme drowsiness. Alcohol although usually found in small concentrations in such medicines, if taken in large quantity can cause drunkenness, low blood sugar, and seizures in children.
Aspirin, Non-Aspirin and Ibuprofen Pain Relievers:
Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen are used for pain relief and to reduce a fever. These ingredients are found in pill and liquid form, as well as in children and adult strengths. Some medications contain both aspirin and acetaminophen. In addition, a new extra-strength children's tablet can now be purchased. The possibility for confusion is great. When used incorrectly, aspirin can cause bleeding, acetaminophen can cause liver damage and Motrin can cause stomach pain. Always read labels for dosage instructions and never exceed dosage recommendations without talking with your doctor. When taking two medicines, always be sure the ingredients are different. Of course, always keep these medicines out of reach of your children.
Antibiotics are often prescribed by doctors for infections. Many times they are stored in the refrigerator where children can see them. When the medicine must be kept in the refrigerator, place the bottle in a paper sack closed with masking tape or tied shut with bells on a string, or place it in a plastic container with a tight lid. Always call The Poison Center if a child gets into antibiotics. Some antibiotics can be toxic in large amounts or may cause an allergic reaction.
Children’s vitamins come in multicolored, multi-flavored, and attractive shapes which encourage ingestion by the young and inquisitive. Vitamins may be toxic in an overdose and must be treated as a medicine. Never refer to vitamins as candy. Storing no more then a week’s supply of vitamins in the kitchen and keeping the large bottle elsewhere, in a locked box can prevent accidental poisoning.
If you suspect your child has been poisoned, call the Nebraska Regional Poison Center immediately, 1-800-222-1222 or in the Omaha area 955-5555.
Remember that a permission for medication form signed by a Doctor and parent are required for all medications to be given at school including over-the-counter medications.
5th and 6th Graders
Human Growth and Development will be taught by the nurse toward the end of March. Forms and additional information will be sent home with your student.
Students entering 7th grade at Morton Magnet School in August 2008 are required by the State of Nebraska to have a current physical dated after 3-15-08, a dental exam, and all immunizations must be current.
If you plan on trying out for a Morton Team in 2008-2009, a current physical must by on file with the nurse. Any physical exam dated 3-15-08 or later is acceptable and must be on file with the nurse prior to athletic participation.
Health screenings are currently being performed. Height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis are examined. Any abnormal findings are reported to the parent via US Mail.
Students, your immunizations and health records will be sent to the high school you have chosen to attend. If you plan on playing sports in high school, a physical must be on file with the high school nurse and be dated after 5-1-08 to be acceptable.
Students entering 5th or 6th grade;
No physical is required
It is recommended that all immunizations are up to date
Medications required during school must have a physicians order, parent permission and the students name on the prescription bottle.
Students entering 7th grade;
Physical and dental exams are required
Immunizations must be current. It is recommended that you speak with your doctor about Tdap, HPV, H1N1, Influenza and Menactra. The Tdap is required for all 7th grade students for the 2010-2011 school year.
Medications – Inhalers, Tylenol, cough drops and/or prescription medications require the necessary physician orders such as an Asthma Action Plan or physicians permit to distribute medications at school.
Students entering 8th grade;
No physical required unless participating in sports.
Immunizations must be current.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 557-4715.
Tonja Frank, RN