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      Enjoy your summer, stay active, and have fun!

    Once again, another school year has come to a close. There are several important announcements and reminders that we would like to bring to your attention:

    Please remember to pick up all student medications from the nurse’s office , as they will be discarded on the last day of school.  Also, Care Plans and Medication Forms for next year are now available and will be included with your child's medications when you pick them up. 

    If your child needs medication next year, please bring the completed and signed paperwork to school prior to the first day of the new school year. Remember to sign the parent permission form, obtain a doctor’s signature for all prescription medications, and fill in the dosage, frequency, and symptoms for administration.

    All medication must be brought to school in the original container by a parent or guardian. If your child has a special diet or health concern please list these on the emergency cards so that a health care plan can be created for the new school year.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact one of us by calling 732-376-6052 or by email judiamorosa@paps.net or robycybulski@paps.net

    Visit the nurse web page link on the Perth Amboy Public Schools web page for routine school health information.

    SUMMER SAFETY TIPS 

    Playgrounds:  Injury facts – children who fall off climbing equipment, slides, and swings usually injure their face, head, or arms.  Safety

    check - preschool-age children shouldn’t be more than four feet off the ground.  Make sure surfaces are cushioned, equipment maintained, and no exposed bolts or open “s” hooks.

    Heat exposure:  Illness facts - Children can develop heat exhaustion and become seriously dehydrated when in the hot sun for too long.  Symptoms include pale skin, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.  Kids under four years old are especially at risk in high temperatures.  Safety check – Keep children indoors during heat waves.  Make sure they have plenty of fluids even if kids say they are not thirsty.  NEVER leave a child in a car, which can heat up quickly. 

    Fireworks:  Injury facts – fireworks can cause serious eye injuries that lead to partial or complete blindness.  Sparklers can burn the skin and ignite clothing.  Safety check – Don’t use or let your children use or be around any fireworks, including sparklers.  Instead, visit a public display run by professionals.

    Bicycles: Injury facts:  Kids often crash into obstacles or lose control of their bikes, but the most serious injuries occur when children are struck by cars. Safety check – Make sure your child wears a helmet every time they ride a bike.  It should be snug and level with the forehead.  Do not let children ride in the street before the age of 10, and teach riders to look both ways before crossing the driveway or streets.

    Skateboards and Scooters:  Injury facts – head injuries and wrist fractures are a common occurrence.  Kids are most likely to get hurt when they are first learning to ride, ride too fast, or attempt tricks.  Safety check – Safety gear is a must!  Helmets, wrist guards, non-slip shoes, elbow pads, and knee pads should be worn, and no child under 5 years should use skateboards or scooters.

    Lawn Mowers:  Too many tragic accidents happen when a child falls off a riding lawn mower or is accidentally run over.  Safety check – Keep all children far away from the mowing area.  Always look around the mower before putting into motion, especially when backing up.

    Food Poisoning:  Illness facts – Bacteria grow quickly in perishable food that is left out too long.  Symptoms resemble stomach flu: nausea, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, fever and bloody stool.  Safety check – Make sure food is cooked thoroughly.  Wash your hands often, and never leave food out for more than an hour when it’s hot outside.  Store food in a well-insulated cooler with plenty of ice when outside at picnics and barbecues.

    Always seek the advice from your own doctor regarding questions or issues you have regarding your own health or the health of others 

    Have an active, fun, and safe summer – and treat your brain to a really good book!

    Robyn Cybulski, RN

    Judith Amorosa RN

    Edward J. Patten Elementary School

    732-376-6052