Welcome to Health News for the Johnston Public School District!!!!
The goal of the Johnston Public Schools Health Services Program is that all students are healthy and ready to learn. Health services are provided by our certified school nurse-teachers. Our primary focus is health promotion and disease prevention. School Health Services are meant to supplement, rather than replace, parental responsibility and are designed to encourage parents/guardians to take an active role in supporting their child's health so all students can function at their optimal level.
Fewer than 1,000 US cases per year
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging often required
Spreads by animals or insects
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
In most cases, there are no symptoms. In pregnant women, it may cause
subsequent birth defects. A link between Zika and paralysis (GuillainBarré
Syndrome) is being investigated.
When present, symptoms are mild and last less than a week. They include
fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.
There's no vaccine or specific treatment. Instead the focus is on relieving
symptoms and includes rest, re-hydration, and acetaminophen for fever
and pain. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen should be avoided.
All students entering the Johnston Public Schools must present proof of immunizations that meet the requirements set forth by the RI Department of Health. Additionally, students entering Grade 7 and Grade 12 must meet the requirement for booster immunizations. Students who are not appropriately immunized will be excluded from school until they obtain the missing vaccines
Several health screenings are conducted by certified school nurse-teachers throughout the school year. These screenings are mandated by the RI Departments of Education and Health. Students will be screened unless written documentation is received from a child’s health care provider that the screening has been completed.
Only medications that cannot be given outside of school hours will be given in school. Only FDA approved medication will be administered in school. If medication is a must during the school day, please contact the certified school nurse-teacher at your child’s school and refer to our medication policy below.