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, all classrooms at Levy are designated "Peanut Free." Please send in 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. Tomson at 568-1340.

RI DOH

RIDOH recommends procedures to prevent tick and mosquito bites/disease

All Rhode Islanders who enjoy the great outdoors are vulnerable to infection and, in some cases, severe illness. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages all Rhode Island schools, day care centers, camps, and other organizations that bring children outdoors to adopt these voluntary and customizable procedures (click on link to download template) for tick and mosquito bite prevention and tick removal. These procedures represent best practices to prevent mosquito and tick bites and remove ticks properly in order to prevent Lyme disease and other tick- and mosquito-borne borne illnesses. Please consider adopting these procedures and distributing them to parents.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and RIDOH have developed the materials listed below to help communicate information to prevent the spread of tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme DiseaseBabesiosis, and Anaplasma.
 
Protect Your Family from Illness This Summer (a concise two-page fact sheet with prevention tips for tick- and mosquito-borne diseases and rabies.) Also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

We also offer materials on mosquito-borne diseases, including tips on controlling mosquito breeding grounds and preventing mosquito bites.
 
For more information, visit http://health.ri.gov/ticks and health.ri.gov/mosquito.
 
Thank you for helping to keep Rhode Islanders safe from tick and mosquito-borne diseases




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. Tomson 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.