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Middle School Nurse - Charmanique Gingles, RN, CSN
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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! 

 

My name is Charmanique Gingles, School Nurse for York Suburban Middle School and Yorkshire Elementary School. I am a certified school nurse. I look forward to working with students and families to promote healthy lifestyle choices! Since I rotate to 2 schools, Mrs. Colleen Stanley, RN, will be covering both YSMS and Yorkshire when I am at the other school. My schedule for the 2017-18 school year is as follows:  Days 1, 2, and 3 - Yorkshire. Days 4, 5, and 6 - YSMS. Please feel free to contact either Mrs. Stanley or myself with any questions or concerns regarding your child's health at school.

 

Please review the following information about one of the major challenges that we face in caring for students: Spread of infection.

 
Because parents know their children best, you will need to decide when your child is too ill to be in school. Here are some guidelines to follow:
 
Students should not come to school:
  • With a fever (temp over 100). Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • With vomiting, or severe diarrhea. They may return to school after 12 hours with no symptoms.
  • With any severe cough or breathing difficulty.
  • With known chicken pox, ringworm or impetigo, until released by a physician for school attendance.
  • Children with head lice must be treated and checked by the school nurse before returning to school.
  • With irritated, red, itchy eyes with mucus discharge (crusting on lashes).
  • With unusual rash, or rash associated with a fever.
  • With any new complaint which requires a physician's evaluation.
 
***IMPORTANT: PLEASE HELP US PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESSES AND INFECTIONS AT YSMS. SOME CHILDREN HAVE IMMUNE SYSTEM CONDITIONS AND ARE VERY PRONE TO DEVELOP LIFE THREATENING INFECTIONS. IF YOUR CHILD HAS A FEVER, PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. CHILDREN MUST BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS (WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATIONS) BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL. CHILDREN WHO DEVELOP FEVERS OR OTHER SIGNS OF INFECTION AT SCHOOL WILL BE SENT HOME PROMPTLY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN KEEPING ALL STUDENTS HEALTHY AND READY TO LEARN!

 

     

IMPORTANT VACCINE INFORMATION!!!
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VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

ALL STUDENTS ENTERING 7TH GRADE are required to have the Tdap and meningitis vaccines prior to starting school for their 7th grade school year. When your child receives the Tdap, or meningitis (or any vaccine), please send verification from your health care provider to the school nurse so it can be added to your child's school health record. New this year, all students should have 3 doses of the polio vaccine, the last dose must be on or after their 4th birthday. Please check with your health care provider to ensure your child is compliant or risk being excluded from school starting August 17, 2017.

Click here to view the immunization flyer from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

     

Body Mass Index Screening
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WHAT IS BMI?

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires that each student in Grades K-12 have a Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement calculated. This screening tool, the BMI, uses a child’s weight relative to his/her height. The purpose of this measurement is to screen children for possible weight concerns. The school nurse’s goal is to identify those children who may be at risk for being overweight or underweight and to focus on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors.   Please be assured that your child will be weighed and measured as in the past, with shoes and any heavy outer clothing removed, and that all measurements are kept confidential and are not shared with classmates.

 
This report indicates your child’s height, weight, and BMI for age percentile, as well as the results of vision (grades K-12) and hearing (grades K-3, 6, and 11) screening. Please keep in mind the following information about the growth screening process:
 
•        One in five children in the United States is overweight, a statistic that has doubled in the last three decades. Being overweight can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases later in life.
 
•        BMI is a screening process, not a diagnosis. The best person to evaluate your child’s weight status is his/her regular health care provider.
 
•        Our focus during the growth screening process is health-centered, rather than weight-centered. That is, we encourage families to enjoy healthful eating together, plan daily physical activity, and create a nurturing environment where children can develop a positive body image.
 
Please contact the school nurse or your family doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the BMI growth screening process.
 
     

ANNOUNCEMENTS
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All 6th grade students are required to return a completed physical exam form.

 

All 7th grade students are required to return a completed dental exam form.

 

If your child does not have a completed physical or dental form returned by December 21, they will be scheduled with our school doctor and/or school dentist for the exam.

 

FOR PARENTS OF NEW STUDENTS:

All new students must  have a record of immunizations, completed health history, physical form, and dental form. Immunization records may be obtained from your health care provider. Other forms may be downloaded from the "Health Forms" section or by clicking on the links above.

 

If your child is transferring from a school in Pennsylvania, we will receive their record from their previous school which may contain the required physical and dental forms. Students transferring from another state will need to provide a new physical and dental form or a copy of a recently completed exam report. Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to working with your student at YSMS!

     

MARKET BASKET OF THE MONTH
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Through a partnership with Wellspan, each month a fruit or vegetable will be featured as the Market Basket Food of the Month. Students will hear announcements each month about the featured food. Ask your student what they learned about the Market Basket food of the month and try serving  that fruit or vegetable at home! November's food is CARROTS! Click on the link to view some fun facts about carrots and a great recipe!

     

The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.