Fort Wayne Community Schools - Elementary School, Grades 1-5
Your child is unique and deserves the best possible start. Most children are excited on the first day of school each year. They may be anxious about meeting new friends, teachers and staff. Parents can offer support by talking with the child, listening to the child's concerns and reinforcing the positive aspects of starting school.
Parents need to be involved in the school experience of the child from the very beginning. All children are different and unlock their "boxes of learning" at different times. Encourage, praise, love and listen.
A healthy child is ready and willing to learn. Staying healthy is something to be learned so education and health are intertwined.
Prevention is the one most important aspect of physical and mental health practices today. Serving as an example, the parent can display the proper skills necessary to maintain that state of well being. While demonstrating clear-cut, regular routines that address such things as hand washing, dental health, exercise, nutrition, discipline and sleep, the parent can instill life long positive health habits in the child.
A young child’s needs are many, but simple.
- Children need exercise. They benefit from more playtime and less play station, internet and television time.
- Children require regular sleep, 8-10 hours a night, from preschool through their teen years.
- Children need routine dental care. Delayed dental care may cause infections, discomfort, inability to process food correctly, speech difficulties and long-term social problems.
- A healthy child will require healthful nutrition. Furnish more milk and water, less sugary drinks. Prevention of obesity will guard against chronic health problems; type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke, certain cancers, stress on bones and joints and depression.
- Regular hand washing is proven to be the best protection against disease. Instruct your child in the proper technique and timing of hand washing.
- Prevention is the cornerstone of a healthful lifestyle. play a very important role.
Be a positive role model for your child. Character is built one block at a time. Involve the family and friends. Make your beliefs known to your child. Ask your child about his/her own beliefs. Know what is important to your child. Demonstrate respect for others, compassion to those with less and a willingness to give of oneself.
Play with your child.... have a good time together. Laugh at each other’s mistakes and learn from them. Limit media (television, advertising and internet) exposure. Bedtime is a great time to spend twenty minutes or so reading with your child. Include health topics in those reading choices. Empower your child to educate others about healthful habits.
School nurses are advocates for children and parents. They expect your questions. They evaluate physical and mental concerns, and provide guidance when requested. Please feel free to contact your school nurse.
Communication is the key to keeping your child safe at school. Call you child’s school and establish a connection with the school nurse. Some nurses serve more than one school so their schedules may vary. You may talk with your school nurse during school hours (7:30AM - 3:30PM or 8:00AM - 4PM). ()
You may notify the school nurse. Depending on the health problem (asthma, seizures, diabetes etc.), the school nurse will ask you for further information. You may be asked to complete specific health history and/or health problem care plans. It is very important to return this information in a timely fashion. Your health provider’s signature may be required on these health problems. Keeping your school nurse informed and your child’s health care needs updated will provide a healthful learning atmosphere.
Health information can be accessed through your family health care provider or at a variety of other community resources. Information on children’s health and growth and development may be obtained at . Many children may qualify for a state medical insurance coverage program called Hoosier Healthwise. To find out about the plan and if your child may qualify visit the .
Keeping the Child Home
Children should be kept at home if they have the following: fevers above 100°, vomiting and/or diarrhea, rash with fever, eye infections with eye discharge, communicable diseases (scabies, impetigo, ringworm, head lice~ until treated appropriately), any illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities or disrupts the other students’ participation, and illness that results in a need for care that is greater than the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
Note: It is recommended that children be fever free for 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medications (Tylenol®, ibuprofen, etc.) before returning to school.
Medication and Treatment Procedures
From time to time your child may be required to take medication during school hours. Parents, nurses and physicians are aware of the challenges that sometime occur when trying to balance learning, activities, and medications. For this reason, we request that you discuss strategies with your health care provider in order to give medications at home. All prescription and/or over-the-counter medications must have signed Authorization for Administration of Medications at School forms on file prior to administration. Over-the-counter medications such as cough drops, nasal sprays, cough and cold medications must meet the same requirements as for other medications. In addition to the required form, herbal supplements are considered as medications and need written instructions signed by a physician prior to administration. (Permit/Forms)
Keeping the school and the nurse informed about changes in residence, telephone numbers (work and home), and emergency contacts is vital and the responsibility of the parent/guardian. We must be able to contact a parent/guardian or emergency contact during the school day. In case of an emergency involving your child, it is the policy of this school corporation to render first aid treatment while contacting the parents for further instructions. Only after reasonable efforts to reach the parents without success will we call a doctor and only in extreme cases will your child be taken to a hospital of 911 contacted.
Care of Illness
School nurses and the child’s health care provider may furnish parents with up to date information about the general care of illness. Following FWCS Health Service recommendations and guidelines, parents can determine when additional care is indicated, when to keep the child home and when to contact their health care provider. (Care of Illness)
Please provide your child’s completed and up-to-date immunization record.
Vaccine Update- Attention First Grade Parents! Beginning in 2015-16: The Indiana State Department of Health has informed school districts that all students in kindergarten and grade 1 must have 2 Hepatitis A vaccinations in addition to other required vaccines. Please click on the attachment under "newly enrolled" to see all immunizations that are required.
Vaccine Update- Attention Fifth Grade Parents! As of August 2010, all children grades 6 though 12 will be required to have a Tdap booster and Menactra, and 2 varicella immunizations for school. If your child has had chickenpox disease, the varicella immunizations can be waived. Parents must provide a statement in writing identifying the month and year when the disease occurred.
Avoid the rush and contact your health provider/ Super Shot (260.424.7468) or the Fort Wayne/Allen County Department of Health (260.449.7533).