A Note From Your School Nurse
Dear Chesterfield School families,
As April arrives, so does the opportunity to recognize a number of health awareness days. On April 5th, students and staff will kick off the month (literally) by taking a step toward a healthy lifestyle. As part of the American Heart Association’s effort to promote healthy living, on April 5th at 8:45 a.m., our school community will assemble and embark on a 30 minute walk to celebrate National Walking Day. Walking has many benefits, from improving blood pressure to reducing the risk of heart disease to enhancing mental well-being. Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity weekly; while kids should get no less than 60 minutes daily. Please consider lacing up your walking shoes and joining us!
In the hope of drawing attention to a health problem that brings approximately 60,000 young children go the emergency room each year, April commemorates Medication Safety Week. Any medicine or vitamin can be dangerous if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person. Walk around your home and find the best place to store medicines up, away and out of the sight of young children. Put medicines and vitamins away after each use. If the bottle has a locking cap, twist it until it locks. It’s important to teach your child what medicine is and why you or another caregiver must be the one to give it to them. Never tell your child medicine is candy. Even with all these steps in place, accidental ingestions still happen. Be prepared in case of an emergency. Save the Poison Help number in all of your phones. Keep it posted by land line phones and make sure it’s available for your child’s babysitter. Call them right away if you think your child might have gotten into a medicine or vitamin, even if you aren’t completely sure. For more information, visit www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov.
April also calls attention to the hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Nationally, over 4 million children are reported as abused or neglected annually. In New Hampshire alone, the Division for Children, Youth & Families receives over 15,000 reports each year. Child abuse can take many forms, physical, emotional or sexual; and neglect can be as damaging and life threatening as abuse. If you think this is happening to a child, call DCYF’s central intake line at (800)894-5533. Early reporting often prevents greater harm to children. It is perfectly okay to report your suspicions anonymously. Sometimes people wonder what will happen if they call but have made a mistake. NH law states that any person who makes a report in good faith is immune from any civil or criminal liability. Please do your part to help our strong, nurturing community in preventing child abuse and neglect.
Respectfully yours in sickness & in health,
Traci Fairbanks, RN
If you or someone you know need a little help, please be proactive. Our school may be able to help you find the resources you need. Often families are uncomfortable about seeking help. But not doing may result in a negative impact on the family as a whole. Our staff want to see children happy and healthy for optimal learning and comfort. Please call the school nurse for support at 363-8301.