I live in West Hartford with my husband and three children. I have been a School Nurse at Aiken Elementary School here in West Hartford since 2004. Prior to working as a School Nurse I worked at Hartford Hospital. I love spending time with my family, reading and exercising.
860 233-8506 Ext. 5560
Can I send my child to school with medicine for the nurse to give?
According to State of CT regulations, no medication may be administered at school without the written order of an authorized prescriber and the written authorization of the student’s parent or guardian. West Hartford requires that medication be in a properly labeled container. The medication must be delivered to the nurse or principal by a responsible adult. CHILDREN MAY NOT BRING MEDICATION TO SCHOOL.
Click here to view and print out a copy of the Authorization for Administration of Medication by School Personnel Form to be completed by the prescribing health care provider and signed by the parent.
What health information is needed for my child to enter school?
Children entering the West Hartford School system must have a Blue State of CT Health Assessment Record (CHR) before the child can begin school. The parent must complete and sign the front of the form. The health care provider completes the back of the form. To be considered complete, the physical exam on record must be within 1 year of the start of the school year, include all starred (*) items and up-to-date immunizations.
Children in the pre-school program should provide the school nurse with a yearly update of the child’s well child visit on the blue form.
Children in Kindergarten, grades 3, 6, and 10 should have an updated CT Health Assessment Record on file with the school nurse.
My child is not feeling well. Should I keep him/her home?
Regular school attendance is necessary for optimal learning. However, a mere presence at school does not ensure effective learning. A child must be feeling well in order to maximize the learning experience. In addition, a child who is sick and comes to school may help spread the illness to other students and staff. It is recommended that a child remain home if any of the following conditions are present.
1. Temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
2. The need for medication i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve or other acetominophen, aspirin or NSAID to keep the temperature below 100 degrees.
3. Vomiting and/or diarrhea with a loss of appetite and/or fever.
4. A rash that is itchy and spreading and of unknown causes. The child may return to school after an evaluation by the health care provider.
5. Acute pain that requires narcotic medication for relief.
What is the right way to wash your hands?
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
Elementary school is a great time in a child’s life to begin to teach and reinforce healthy behaviors. In accordance with the IB Personal, Social, and Physical Education (PSPE) guidelines, we will work with all of our students to develop their well-being through exploring their Identity, Interactions, and Active Living. Nutrition plays a key role in helping all of our students reach their full potential.
We encourage our students to:
- Eat a variety of foods
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Eat foods low in fat
- Limit foods high in fat, sugar, and salt
- By physically active
You are your child’s best role model. Thank you for helping your child make healthy choices.
School Birthday Recognition
If you choose to recognize your child’s birthday in school, please arrange a time that works for his or her classroom teacher. Suggestions for how to recognize a birthday are included in the list below. If you choose to bring a snack, we recommend a healthy option.
- Read a short book to the class
- Birthday student eats lunch with the teacher
- Parent/Child can perform a special skill (i.e. sing, dance, play an instrument)
- Extra 10 minutes of recess
- Child can declare silly sock day
- A non-food treat
Curriculum Celebrations and Classroom Activities
Throughout the school year, there are numerous occasions when students will have curriculum celebrations or participate in classroom activities that involve food. When these occasions occur, staff will offer a healthy food choice or a non-food choice option for students.
- Town policy prohibits any nuts, nut butter, peanuts, or peanut butter in classrooms because of severe allergies.
- COIA strongly discourages the presence of candy and soda in school.
Go, Slow, and Whoa!
At COIA we encourage students to eat a variety of foods and we follow our districts’ healthy eating curriculum. When choosing meals and snacks we teach children to think about whether foods are Go foods, Slow foods, or Whoa foods.
These are the healthiest foods that are good to eat almost anytime. They include skim and low fat milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats.
These are sometimes foods that aren’t “off-limits”, but shouldn’t be eaten every day. They include waffles, processed cheese, pretzels.
These foods are the least healthy and should make you ask “Should I eat that!?" They include cookies, chips, and ice cream.