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Ann Brady-Lozier, RN

My name is Ann Brady-Lozier and I am the nurse at the Dr. F. N. Sweetsir School.  I am here full time to service all students from Pre-School through Second Grade and to be a resource for parents.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the health services at school or about your child in particular.  I am here to help make your child's learning experience the best it can be.  I can be reached at 978-346-8210 or at abrady-lozier@prsd.org .

Tips for Healthy Eating

If you have a First Grade student at the Sweetsir School he/she will be weighed and measured along with having their vision and hearing tested this year.  If you would like a copy of  your child's Body Mass Index (BMI) result, please contact the Health Office at (978) 346-8210.

A body mass index (BMI) between 85-95% is considered overweight

A body mass index (BMI) greater than 95% is considered obese

 Tips for Weight management 

Offer healthy choices and model healthy eating.  Limit availability of junk foods in your kitchen (they can’t eat it if you don’t buy it!)

 Serve dinners that exclude the “starch” several nights per week. For example, skip the potato, rice or pasta and just serve the protein and the vegetable.  

Drinks should consist of 18-24 ounces (more for adolescents) of skim or 1% milk per day and water.  Juice should not be part of your child’s regular diet. 

Avoid soda and full strength high calorie electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade, except for extreme conditions of exercising. 

Eat meals and snacks at the table, not in front of the television. 

Limit television and screen time to less than one to two hours per day (and no screen time for children under age two). Try to limit exposure to television commercials.  Excessive screen time is known to be a big risk factor for obesity in kids and turning off the TV will encourage children to increase their activity.  

Spend time being active with your child-go on family walks and play outdoors together whenever possible. 

For more support, contact your family physician.  Many pediatricians offer services regarding healthy eating and weight management programs.   

NOTES FROM THE NURSE

 

Hello! As the school nurse I would like to review with you some health information that pertains to your child while at the Sweetsir School.

 Ready for the Day!

All children need proper sleep, nutrition and grooming to do their best at school.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that children ages 5 to 8 years old get 10-11 hours of sleep each night.  Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommends that children bath every day unless otherwise directed by their physician.  This has recently been increased due to the risk of contagious skin infections such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, (MRSA.).  Children also need a complete breakfast each morning so that they are “ready for the day!”

 Food Allergies

 The Sweetsir School is “allergy sensitive” therefore no peanut or tree nut products may be consumed in the classrooms. This means we ask that no foods containing nut products be brought in for snack time.  If your child is in a classroom with multiple allergies, you would have received information about this during the summer. Because home baked/prepared foods pose a higher risk for children with allergies, we ask that you do not send these in for snack time but can be eaten at lunch time in the cafeteria.

 All classes will have two events where food will be part of the celebration.  Only commercially prepared food with ingredient labels will be served in the classrooms.  Valentines’ cards with candy attached pose a risk to young children with allergies because they have not yet learned about all the foods they cannot eat.  No Valentines’ cards with candy attached will be allowed to be distributed to other children in any class.  Birthday treats will be limited to non food items in all classrooms.  Look for more information about the “Birthday Book” club. 

 When Your Child is Sick

 Sometimes it is necessary to dismiss a child due to illness.  A child would be dismissed from school for the following symptoms: vomiting; diarrhea; temperature above 100 degrees; an undiagnosed rash; uncontrollable cough; headache, earache or other persistent pain; injury needing MD’s attention; fainting or seizure.  A child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.  We ask that you present a doctor’s note if a child has been out for five or more days consecutively.  If a child will be returning to school while a rash is still present, a doctor’s note indicating that it is okay for the child to return to school is also necessary.   

 Medications at School

 All medications; prescription and over the counter; are to be brought into school by a parent or guardian.  Children are never allowed to transport medication.  The nurse has standing orders from the school physician to administer acetaminophen, (Tylenol), ibuprofen, (Motrin), hydrocortisone cream 1%, cough drops, saline eyewash, and Benadryl. Any other over the counter medication that you would like to be given to your child while at school needs an order from your doctor and must be in the original container.  You may also come to the school yourself to administer any medication.  Any prescription from your doctor that will be given at school for more than ten days needs parent permission as well as a separate signed doctor’s order to administer.  For prescription medications given for less than 10 days, the prescription label on the pharmacy container can suffice as the doctor’s order. All prescription medications must be in a pharmacy container with the prescription and directions attached. 

 Clothing

Some times it is necessary for a child to change his/her clothes while at school due to an accident or spill.  There is a limited supply of extra clothing in the health office that children are welcome to use. ( I have to keep it limited due to space constraints, although I could use more boys size 6, 7, 8 pants and shirts).  If your child comes home with clothes from our communal supply, please launder these clothes and return them to school.

 For the winter, children will need the “High Five” to be allowed to play in the snow at recess time.  Otherwise children will be required to stay on the black top.  The “High Five” is coat, snow pants, hat, gloves and boots.   

 Proper Shoes

Children are required to have appropriate shoes for gym and recessSneakers are required for gym and appropriate shoes for recess are sneakers, closed sandals, (must have ankle strap), or any other closed type shoe, (flip flops, high heals, or clogs with no heel strap are not safe shoes for playtime). 

These guidelines have been put in place so that children remain healthy and are able to do their best while at school.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at the Health Office at 978-346-8210. 

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Mrs. Brady-Lozier and Theodore meet to talk about healthy eating at the Sweetsir School.