School Nurse

C. Westerkamp, RN




Please continue to check your child's head for head lice.  If nits or live lice are present, please treat with medicated shampoo per directions and keep home from school until nits are removed.  Please call the school with questions.  Also, a reminder to 6th grade students' parents - if your child has received the Tdap booster, please provide documentation with date received and physician signature or office stamp.  Immunization must be given and documentation provided before starting 7th grade.

Tdap Booster:  A reminder regarding 6th grade Tdap booster immunization - if your child will be entering 7th grade for the 2014-15 school year, a Tdap booster dose must be administered before entering 7th grade.  Proof of your child receiving this booster dose must be signed by a physician and returned to St. Lawrence before they return to school in the fall.  If you have any questions, please call me at the school.

NOTICE:  Ohio Department of Health state regulations require all students entering 7th grade to show proof of a Tdap booster immunization.  This immunization protects your student from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).  Pertussis immunity decreases over time,  so your teen needs a booster “shot” to protect both him/her, but also infants, seniors, and those with other health issues.  St. Lawrence School does not plan to offer free Tdap immunizations at school this spring.  Please call your health care provider or Price Hill Clinic (357-2700) to arrange for your student’s Tdap immunization before August 2013.  Thank you.

Tdap Booster:  It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of the school year!  We are also working hard planning for the 2014-2015 school year.  If you have a student currently in the 6th grade, please review the letter sent home with your child regarding the booster dose of Tdap.   This immunization must be administered before entering 7th grade.  Please return the bottom portion of the letter including the date the vaccine was administered and a physician’s signature. 

Screenings:  It is hard to believe how fast this school year is moving!  We have recently completed postural screenings and the Dental Sealant Program.  Please look for referral letters in your child’s folder if there were any concerns.  Also, there has been head lice noted here at St. Lawrence.  Affected grade levels have been checked.  Please check your child’s head periodically and if head lice is present, treat your child at home and do not send to school.  We will continue to check students here.  I hope everyone continues to stay healthy! 

Postural Screenings:  We will be performing postural screenings at St. Lawrence School during the month of February. Those grades participating in the screening will be 5th, 6th and 7th grades. For those students a letter regarding the postural screening program was sent home with your child. These screenings will be performed during gym classes. Also, the Dental Sealant Program will be offered again at St. Lawrence School. This FREE program will take place during school hours the week of February 24-28. All students in grades 2-8 should have brought home information on this. If you have any questions, please call the school. I hope everyone continues to stay warm!

More Notes About Dental Sealants: I hope everyone had a happy, safe and healthy holiday break! Hard to believe the school year is half way through! As many of you know, the deadline for paperwork to allow your child to participate in the Dental Sealant Program has passed. The program was open to 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Please contact the school now if you wish to have your child participate in the FREE program. If you have a child in grades K, 1st, 3rd, 4th and/or 5th and have interest in the Dental Sealant Program, please call me at school on Mondays or Thursdays. Finally, a reminder to parents/families, continue to check your child for head lice. If you need information or help with this, please call the school. 

A reminder regarding the Dental Sealant Program—Consent forms were sent home with children in grades 2, 6, 7 and 8 in October.  We have received some of those back, however, all forms need to be returned ASAP.  If you are interested in your child partaking in this program, please return signed paperwork before the holiday break (by December 20, 2013).  If you wish to decline your child from     participating, please return the form with the appropriate box marked declining sealants with your signature.  I have extra forms at St. Lawrence School if needed.  This is a FREE Dental Screening and Sealant Program!  This is an excellent opportunity to help prevent cavities!  Please call me at school Mondays or Thursdays with any questions (921-4996). 

DENTAL SEALANTS - I am sending information and consent forms home with your child today if they are in grades 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th.  A free dental program will be visiting St. Lawrence at the end of February 2014.  With your consent, a dentist will examine your child’s teeth, determine which teeth need to be treated, and apply a sealant which may help prevent tooth decay.  Please return to school ASAP.  Furthermore, with the hard work and dedication of Ms. D-C (your previous school nurse), a grant was awarded to St. Lawrence this school year for the “Healthy Teeth For a Lifetime” program!  The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is helping to fund this project in thanks to Nurse D-C!  The program will provide kindergarten students instruction in Dental Hygiene and Cavity Prevention; receive new toothbrushes; and students will be provided milk and other dairy products as snacks to help improve dental health.  What a great program!  I hope you all have a fun, safe Halloween! 

VISION & HEARING SCREENINGS - I have enjoyed getting to know the students at St. Lawrence and look forward to meeting more of you!  As some of you know, we have begun vision and hearing screenings.  I will send home letters to parents as I get close to your child’s grade level.  As a reminder, please consider having your child receive a flu vaccine from their pediatrician or the local health department.  We are approaching cold and flu season.  I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and staying active! 

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS FOR KINDERGARTEN, NEW STUDENTS & 7th GRADE STUDENTS – Please send in your child’s immunization record if he/she is in kindergarten, 7th grade or is a new student at St. Lawrence. If you have already done so, thank you! Each child new to St. Lawrence or who is in kindergarten or 7thgrade must have an updated record on file. Otherwise, your child may be excluded from school. Also, we have had a few cases of head lice at school. I would like to remind those parents how important it is to re-treat your children, as directed by the treatment product directions. If you have any questions, please call the school office.

IMMUNIZATION & SCREENINGS - I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year!  A few reminders, letters will be coming home regarding missing immunization records for students in kindergarten, 7th grade and new students.  Please provide the school documentation of these missing immunizations ASAP so your child is not excluded from school.  Also, I will begin vision and hearing screenings on all kindergarten students and those who are new students in the first grade in the upcoming week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school 921-4996.  Finally, thank you to all of the great families at St. Lawrence who have turned in Medical Authorization forms!  We have 100% compliance! 


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