Nurse's Note


Rayford Clinic


A child who demonstrates the following will be sent home from school:       

*Fever of 100 degrees or more

*Vomiting or Diarrhea

*Severe stomachache, headache or earache

*Suspected contagious condition or disease

*A child who is too ill to function in the classroom.

Medication Policy

*Students cannot transport medication to/from school.

*All medication must be in the original container with the students name and prescription label attached.

*A Request for Medication Administration form must be signed by the parent.

*All medications are kept in the clinic (certain medications may be excluded with a physician order)

*All medications must be picked up from the clinic by the parent by the last day of school or the medication will be discarded.


Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students

Students entering the 7th grade must have obtained the following immunizations prior to the 1st day of school:

*T-dap – Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccination

One dose is required instead of the 10 year old booster.  If your child has had a tetanus-containing vaccine in the past five years, the T-dap will not be required until after five years have passed.

*Meningococcal (MCV4)

One dose is required to protect from meningococcal meningitis


*Varicella (chicken pox)

Two doses are required.  If your child has had the chicken pox disease the vaccination is not required.

Please bring updated immunization records to the nurse.

Recognizing the Signs/Symptoms of a Stroke

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. 
Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.  
The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage
when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.


Getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and medically treated within

the first 3 hours is essential to reverse the effects of the stroke.


Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking 3 simple questions:


Remember these three steps: S-T-R


S - Ask the individual to SMILE


T - Ask the person to TALK AND SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (i.e. It is sunny out today).


R - Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS


New sign - Ask the person to STICK OUT THEIR TONGUE - if the tongue is "crooked",

if it goes to one side or the other, this is also a sign of a Stroke.


Hopefully you will never need to use the above information. 

Then again, you may be the person that saves a life or helps preserve their quality of life!

BIGGEST LOSER - 10 Second Slim Down Tips
Your weight may be the single most important influence on your health over the years ahead. Invest 10 seconds now, and save yourself decades of trouble later. Get on the road to better health with this fast weight loss advice, our 10-second slim down tips. 

1. Ruin your appetite
Consuming a liquid to begin a meal can reduce your total calorie intake by up to 20% because it makes you feel full. To avoid having to pound two glasses of H2O, try this: Drink one glass and start with a broth-based soup, like miso, minestrone, or chicken noodle. 
2. Sign up for a race
If you find a better reason to work out than pure weight loss, you'll be more likely to maintain an exercise program, says a University of Michigan study.
3. Be realistic
The key to diet longevity is a realistic, flexible eating plan, says Alan Aragon, MS, a nutritionist in Thousand Oaks, California. Most people eat too little and go into defensive mode when cravings strike. Then they cheat, then feel bad, then resist, and then cheat again. It's an endless cycle. If you're craving Haagen-Dazs, grab a spoon. Just dig in moderation.
4. Ignite your fat burners
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their mouth-searing quality, can also fire up your metabolism, according to a study in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology. Eat about 1 tablespoon of chopped red or green chilies to boost your body's production of heat and the activity of your sympathetic nervous system. The result is a metabolism spike of 23%! 
5. Eliminate added sugars
According to a USDA survey, the average American eats about 20 teaspoons of added sugar daily, or 317 empty calories. The researchers report that 82% of that added sugar can be attributed to soda, baked goods, breakfast cereals, candy, and fruit drinks. What's not on the list? Meat, vegetables, whole fruit, and eggs, along with unsweetened whole-grain and dairy products. Eat accordingly. 
6. Scramble to slim down
Not only are eggs a great muscle-building food, but they can also help you look less egg-shaped. A 2010 study in Nutrition Research showed that men who had eggs for breakfast ate less over the next 24 hours than those who began their day with a bagel instead. (The cholesterol in eggs isn't a heart threat; cancel the egg-white omelets!) 

CDC: Influenza Activity Increasing Across the U.S.

Proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza below epidemic threshold

  The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was below the epidemic threshold. Two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported and were associated with influenza B viruses (total of 18). "CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination and antiviral treatment when appropriate at this time," according to a media briefing issued by the agency. "CDC has recommendations on the use of antiviral medications (sold commercially as "Tamiflu®" and "Relenza®") to treat influenza illness. Antiviral treatment, started as early as possible after becoming ill, is recommended for any patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who are hospitalized, seriously ill, or ill and at high risk of serious influenza-related complications, including young children, people 65 and older, people with certain underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women. Treatment should begin as soon as influenza is suspected, regardless of vaccination status or rapid test results and should not be delayed for confirmatory testing."

FRIDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season descended on the United States early and hard this winter, with significant increases in flu activity observed over the past month, according to an update issued Jan. 4 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.According to the CDC, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider with influenza-like-illness in the U.S. has been elevated for four consecutive weeks, rising from 2.8 to 5.6 percent during that time period. Influenza-like-illness peaked at 2.2 percent during the 2011-2012 season. During week 52 (Dec. 23 to 29, 2012), of 9,363 specimens tested and reported by World Health Organization and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System collaborating laboratories, 31.6 percent were positive for influenza (up from 29.6 reported last week). 

Recognizing Signs of a Heart Attack in Women