Susan Schwartzman, RN BSN
A message from our school nurse:
Good health enables our students to maximize their learning potential and our teachers to educate at their best. My role at HAT and SECEC is to provide oversight to school health policies and programs, facilitate healthy habits and health promotion within the school, to help provide the safest and healthiest environment for learning, as well as tend to illness, injury and chronic health conditions. I see myself as an advocate, liaison, collaborator, caretaker, a member of the educational team and active part of the school community.
Please make this page a resource for our school’s health policies as well as a place to find tips and current trends in health news.
Susan Schwartzman, RN BSN
It’s been all over the news and as we head toward warmer weather here in Hampton Roads, there are new questions about mosquito bites and the illnesses that mosquitos can carry. The biggest risks from mosquito borne illnesses are from countries such as Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans (Chikungunya), tropics and subtropics (Dengue) & Cape Verde, Mexica, the Caribbean, Central America, the Pacific Islands & South America (Zika). The best known mosquito borne illness in the US would be West Nile Virus. For more information on West Nile Virus go to: http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/ For more information on Zika Virus go to:http://www.cdc.gov/zika/. More information on other illnesses associated with mosquitos can be found at: http://www.mosquito.org/mosquito-borne-diseases
Did you know that there are plants you can add to your
yard landscaping that help to deter mosquitos?
Here are plants found in the US that can help:
Besides plants, what else can you do to protect yourself and your
Wear insect repellent: Yes! It is safe.
When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself
from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves.
Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer lasting protection.
- DEET: Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF!, Skintastic.
- Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products
containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and
Autan outside the United States).
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Repel
- IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard
Plus Expedition and SkinSmart.
Cover up: When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or make sure that you repair and use window/door screens.
When used as directed, insect repellents are
the BEST way to protect yourself and family members from getting sick from
Links to Required Forms
Virginia School Entrance Health Form- Required for all students new to Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center or Hebrew Academy and all students coming into Kindergarten.
Request for Administration of Medication in School- Hebrew Academy only Must be signed by parent and physician in order for school nurse to administer ANY medication at school, including over the counter medications/treatment.
Asthma Action Plan- If your child may require an inhaler at school, please have this form completed and brought to school with the inhaler & spacer.
Life Threatening Allergy Medical Plan (LAMP)- if you child has a life threatening allergy that requires epinephrine, antihistamine &/or inhaler administration, this plan must be completed by their physician for each school year. You must provide us with two unexpired Epi-pens (or Auvi-Q’s), plus antihistamine & needed inhaler per the physicians orders.
Required for all those enrolled at Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center (Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers) who need over the counter or prescription medication administered while in school.