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Nurse's Corner for West Middle and Foothills Community Schools

Second Nine Weeks of the School Year.
Hard to believe we are already into the 2nd nine weeks of school.  I hope that your student is enjoying this school year.  If I can be of any assistance to you this year, don't hesitate to contact me at 652-3390 or by email at diana.mcentire@mcdowell.k12.nc.us.  If I don't have the answer, I will find it.
Seventh Grade Visions are being done
I will be sending home letters to parents of children who do not pass the vision screen.  I will let you know their results.  Please let me know if you do not have vision insurance, Medicaid or have questions about getting help to get their vision corrected.  I will be glad to work with you to get this completed.
Be Safe This Holiday Season.
I just love the Fall time of the year.  The air is crisp and light and the Holidays are just around the corner.  Students and staff are back into the rhythm of the school day.  Holidays are in the minds of all.  Halloween has just passed and we are all counting down the days to Thanksgiving.  Soon after will be Christmas and a New Year.  Let us all remember to be Thankful for all we have and to remember and help out those who don't.  Also, remember that Holidays can bring dangers.  Here are a few reminders.
  • Food Safety is a must, especially with Holiday meals.  We all seem to graze all day long, but some foods are not safe to leave out of the cold.  Be sure to put food up after eating and take out again as needed to eat.  Better safe than sorry (and sick).
  • Holiday shopping:  Everyone is buying things this time of year.  Again, Safety is a must.
    • Watch out for kids and distracted drivers in parking lots that are busier than normal.
    • Lock your car and keep items hidden to protect from theft.
    • Always buckle up when riding in a vehicle. 
    • Keep watch over children, teens, and adults when shopping.  It's easy to get lost in some Malls and shopping centers.  Have a plan to watch out for each other and what to do if you find yourself separated from others
  • Decorations:
    • Decorations should be placed with safety in mind.  Don't block doors or windows that may be used to escape in an emergency.
    • Don't overload electrical outlets and be sure to check any lights or decorations that plugin.  Toss or repair any broken or frayed wires.  Hang glass or breakable ornaments high out of small kids and pets reach.
    • Live trees are wonderful, but dried out trees can catch on fire.  Keep them watered daily and toss if dead.
    • Candles smell great but burnt stuff does not.  Be sure to put out candles when you leave a room.  Don't just blow them out, but make sure the wick is out also.  Wet your fingers and give it a pinch.
    • Holiday plants give life to your home.  Remember though that some are poisonous to humans and animals.  The berries off of holly and mistletoe can be dangerous if eaten and swallowed.  Many leaves from plants such as the poinsettia, English ivy and other plants can cause stomach upset if eaten and rashes if rubbed on hands and skin.  Keep them up and away from small children and animals.  Also, be sure to pick up any berries and leaves that may fall off.
  • Toys and presents
    • Make sure that battery compartments are secure on items and extra batteries are not just lying around.  Kids can swallow a battery in a second and this will require a trip to the ER.
    • Bikes, scooters, skateboards, OH MY!!  These all require a safety helmet that is approved for this use and fits your child's head appropriately. 
  • Always remember, It's better to be Safe than Sorry.  
Don't forget to get the proper Medication Authorization form completed for your child to have medications at school and on school activities.  Have them come by the nurse office to pick one up if needed.  If you can't get to their physician's office soon, I can fax it to them to get it signed with your signature on the back of the form.   This can include emergency medication such as Benadryl, Inhalers or Epi-pens or daily medications for health concerns including ADHD.
Also, don't forget to update any health concerns your child may have during the school day.  It is very important that everyone that works with your child knows what to do in case of a medical situation or emergency.  Call me if needed to add or update their information any time throughout the year.
Does your child have a 504 or IEP plan at school?  If they do, I will be glad to come to their yearly meeting.  Just send me an email of the date and time, and I will be there.  Diana.McEntire@mcdowell.k12.nc.us
Welcome to the Nurses Corner. 
On this site, you will be able to find out what is going on related to health at my schools. Below are forms you may need throughout the year for health concerns with your child.  Please feel free to download these and sent to me as conditions change.
Since West and Foothills are in the same building, I am there most days but I would call first if planning to visit me.
Normally my hours are 7:30 am - 3 pm.
REMINDER on Medications
No Student can carry Medications around with them at school unless
An Emergency Medication 
that has been approved by the school nurse.  This is a North Carolina State Law.  Any
student found with an unauthorized medication on them can get up to 1 year of suspension from school.  Also note that teachers and staff cannot give your child Tylenol, Ibuprofen or anything else not even if the parent calls them.  To do so is against the law and could cost them their job.  
Please Do Not Ask.
Health Forms can be found below.  Please print off as needed and return to the School Nurse Office.