Nurse's Notes

This page is updated by our school nurse, Mrs. Linda Allard. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's health, please feel free to contact Mrs. Allard at school by calling 568-1340 or through email at allardl@bsd-ri.net.



Health and Wellness

The Burrillville School Department is committed to the health and wellness of all its students. We encourage parents to send healthy lunches and snacks for their children daily.

Due to allergies, some classrooms at Levy are designated "Peanut Free." If your child is in one of these classrooms, s/he must bring peanut-free snacks to school. However, peanut and tree nut products MAY be brought for lunch. There is a designated table in the cafeteria for "peanut free" lunches to be consumed. We discourage sharing of snacks and beverages in the classroom or cafeteria, and we ask you to please talk with your child about consuming only his or her own food. 

We know that many children like to celebrate birthdays and other occasions with special treats. Parents who wish to are welcome to send non-food items (such as stickers, pencils, themed erasers, or other trinkets)  
to school. Food items (whether home-baked or purchased) are not permitted for celebrations. 

Families can access the entire Wellness Policy here. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Allard or Mrs. Mayhew at 568-1340.

Lyme Disease Information

Lyme disease is common in Rhode Island and is most frequently transmitted between the months of May and August. Families who would like more information about Lyme disease and how to prevent it can read about it here.




Headlice

Headlice (or pediculosis) can be a concern in a primary school. The district has established a policy for the treatment and management of headlice. Families can access the policy here: Headlice Policy

The spread of head lice can be controlled with prompt diagnosis and effective preventative treatment. The first thing you can do to prevent the spread of lice is to discuss the subject openly with your family. Lice can affect anyone, regardless of background or hygiene, and if everyone is aware of what to look for and how to take precautions, the risk of infestation is cut in half. 

Lice cannot fly or jump – they are normally transferred during direct head to head contact. Please remind children to avoid putting their heads together, and not to share or borrow any items that touch their heads, such as hats, barrettes, elastics, headphones, helmets, and so on. 

Check your child’s head for evidence of head lice. Head lice should be suspected when there is intense itching and scratching of the scalp and the base of the neck. If you look closely at the scalp, you will see small, whitish eggs (nits) firmly attached to the hair shafts, especially at the nape of the neck and above the ears. Although these nits may look like dandruff, dandruff is easily removed, while nits appear to be glued to the hair shaft. 

If you suspect that your child has lice, please notify the school nurse. Many products are available over the counter for the treatment and defense against head lice. For specific information and recommendations on how to diagnose, treat, or prevent head lice, consult your family physician, a local pharmacist, or the school nurse.

If you would like more information about headlice, you can access the CDC's website here Headlice Information

The TODAY show recently featured an informational piece about lice. You can read it and view the television segment by following this link: TODAY

Please be assured that we are taking every reasonable precaution here at school to prevent the spread of lice. If you have any additional questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Allard or Mrs. Mayhew at 568-1340.