Welcome to the Health Office at Julian Curtiss School
Tel: 203-413-8485 Fax: 203-869-5101
Office Hours:7:45 am - 3:15 pm
Health Forms and Immunizations are required for all new students registering to attend the Greenwich Public Schools and again as they enter grades 3, 6 and 10. Students will not be permitted to attend school without a completed health form on file with the school. For more information go to Health Forms and Immunizations.
We need to work as a community to prevent lice in our classrooms. Lice is not associated with any health issues, but it is a nuisance, and prevention is possible. As you send your child, please consider the following. (1) Remind children not to share any personal items that touch the head. (2) Pull shoulder length (or longer) hair back whenever possible. (3) Immediately share information with the school nurse if you find lice – it is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is highly contagious. And most importantly: (4) Consider weekly comb-outs on your child(ren) -- A 2-minute comb-out once a week, with a metal toothed comb, may reduce your child’s risk. Comb-outs make sense regardless of whether you see lice. They are generally preventive, as they can eliminate a stray nit or two before you even see them.
It’s Flu Season: The CDC suggests you know the symptoms and take action to prevent its spread.
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and infects millions every year. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: * It's important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
- CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
When Do We Need a Doctor's Note?
- If your child has been absent for more than a week.
- If your child has had a contagious illness.
- If your child cannot participate in PE for more than one week.
- If your child has a splint, cast, crutches, etc. Please have your doctor write how long your child will not be able to participate in PE. If the doctor writes "until further notice" or does not give a date for return to PE class, we will need a second doctor's note stating your child may return to class.
When Can My Child Be Excused From Gym?
Parents can excuse their children from PE activities for no more than one week. If a student is not able to participate in PE for longer than a week we require a note from your child's physician stating the reason and the date that they will return to PE. If the note states, "until further notice," then we will need a second doctor's note stating your child may return to class. Parents cannot write the return note.
A student who is excluded from PE must first bring a note to the nurse for review. He or she will then report to PE with a copy of the note and receive further directions from the PE teacher.
For more information: Greenwich Public Schools School Health Services