Mrs. Kathy Cobb, R.N.,B.S.N., M.Ed.
Dear River Oaks parents and guardians,
My name is Kathy Cobb and I am the nurse for River Oaks. I love what I do and have been at River Oaks since 2003. I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor's in Nursing and from Boston University with a Masters in Education. I have been a registered nurse for 36 years.
As a school nurse for PWCS, I am on the River Oaks Crisis Management Team and the Wellness Committee. I conduct insulin/glucagon training for county employees.
Acetaminophen (official word for Tylenol) is in more medicines that you might think. Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America. It is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the counter medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers, and sleep aids as well as cough, cold, and allergy medicines.
When used as directed, acetaminophen is safe and effective. But there is a limit to how much you can take in one day. Taking more acetaminophenthan directed is an overdose and can lead to lever damage. Follow three simple steps when using acetaminophen:
-Always Read and Follow the Label
-Never take more medicine than the label says.
-Know if Your Medicines Contain Acetaminophen
It is important to check the active ingredients in all of your medicines to see if they contain acetaminophin.
On prescription labels, acetaminophen is somethimes listed as "APAP" or "acetam" or other shortenend versions of the word. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
For more information, talk to your healthcare provider or visit KnowYOur Dose.org
Please be aware there are many classes with students with peanut/nut allergies. Please be sensitive to this when you provide snacks and with the lunches you send in with your children.
Updates on Head Lice
The link below will give you access to information on the prevention and treatment of head lice. Look for the link to S.C.R.A.T.C.H.
The Tdap booster vaccine is required for ALL 5th grade students rising to 6th grade. After your child receives the vaccine please send a copy to the nurse. I will make sure it is in the system and the copy placed in your child's record.
IS MY CHILD TOO SICK TO ATTEND SCHOOL?
Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria R758-1
1. Fever of 100 degrees F or over. Keep home until fever free for at least 24 hours.
2. Rash of unknown origin especially if accompanied by fever.
3. Head injury.
4. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
5. A child with thick nasal drainage should remain home.
6. Diarrhea or vomiting - keep home until symptom free for at least 24 hours.
7. Stiff neck associated with fever and/or recent injury.
8. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak at school.
9. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, and impetigo are all infections that must be treated for 24 hours before returning to school.
10. Children with ringworm may attend school but the area must be covered until the child has been on medication for 24 hours.
Other regulations of interest: click on regulation to read or print
R755-1 Minimum Immunization Requirements.pdf
R757-2 Food Allergy Action Plan allergic reactions requiring an epipen.pdf
R757-3 Emergency Treatment Plan (p.6-10) for chronic health conditions.pdf
R757-4 Over the Counter or Prescribed Medication Form (p.8).pdf
R757-5 Asthma Action Plan and Authorization for Medication (p.4) when an inhaler or nebulizer is needed.
R757-6 Diabetic Health Treatment Plan (p.3-8).pdf
R757-7 Seizure Plan of Care (p.3-4).pdf
Informative Web Sites
-Center for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.org
-Allergy & Asthma Network www.aanma.org
-Asthma fact sheet for kids www.cdc.gov/asthma/pdfs/kids fast facts.pdf
-To sign up for pollen count email alerts www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp