• Pendergast

    Nurse's Notes

       Sarah Prendergast, BSN, RN, NCSN


        phone: 302-792-3907

          Fax: 302-792-3941

    Health Requirements
    • DTaP or DTP, TD (Diptheria, Tetanus an Pertussis vaccine: 5 or more doses (unless 4th dose was given after 4th birthday)
    • IPV or OPV (Polio Vaccine): 4 doses of IPV or OPV (unless the 3rd dose was given after the 4th birthday)
    • Hepatitis B Vaccine: 3 doses
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine): 2 doses
    • Varicella (chicken pox Vaccine): 2 doses of Varicella or a written disease history by a licensed healthcare provider
    • Health examination: Must be current within the two years prior to school entry and entry to 9th grade
    • Tuberculosis Screening: Results of TB test or risk assessment completed within 12 months prior to school entry.




    If your child will need to take any medications at school this year please make sure to bring them in the original prescription bottles.  A new medication permission form will need to be filled out for each medication.  Please remember that all controlled substance medications MUST be brought in by a parent/guardian.  These medications should NOT be carried to school by students. 

    Please remember to bring in student's emergency medication such as EpiPens, inhalers, or other respiratory medications that your child may need as soon as possible to prevent any emergencies.  Please have your doctor send in another emergency action plan for this school year. The colder months can trigger asthma related episodes, which makes it extremely important to make sure we have the student's mediation available.  We do go out for recess in both hot and cold weather.  If you feel your child cannot tolerate the weather on a specific day due to an existing medical condition, please let me know.  Also, remember to bring in an updated emergency action plan for any emergency medications. Your doctor will have a copy of this on file. 

    The cold weather has made it's arrival.  This means that Flu season is underway.  Flu vaccines can be given at your doctor's office, or even many of our local pharmacies.  Please check with your doctor about getting your Flu shot, or feel free to contact me with any questions.  

    Flu symptoms may include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and possible diarrhea. (not everyone with the flu will run a fever) 


    Once again, some basic tips to help prevent the spread of illness are:

    -frequent hand washing

    -making sure to cover our mouths when sneezing or coughing

    -frequently sanitizing desks, door knobs, and other frequently touched surfaces

    -staying home from school or work if you are sick.


    Food Allergies

    Please keep in mind that we do have student's and staff in our school with certain food allergies such as peanuts, fish, eggs, dairy, and others. Allergic reactions to certain food items can often times be severe and even life threateing. Please remember to check with your child's teacher to see if there are any students with food allergies in the classroom before sending items that may contain those food allergens in them.  Even if you don't think what your sending in has any of the above foods in them, besure to check labels as peanut by-products are often found in the ingredients. 

    If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, please let me know right away so that we can notify food services and your child's teacher to avoid any accidental ingestion. Also, if you would like your child to have separate seating in the cafeteria due to a food allergy, feel free to contact me in the nurse's office.