Health Office Information
School Nurse: Kelli Gilbert, RN BSN
- Coronavirus Public Announcement
- Sports Physicals
- School Physicals
- Medical Concerns
- Energy Drink Advisory
- Husky Health Insurance
- FLU Season
The Gilbert School is closely monitoring the recent outbreak of coronavirus. While there are no reported cases on campus or in this region, The Gilbert School is actively tracking this emerging situation and determining prudent measures of prevention and response. Please know that there are currently no cases of coronavirus in our region or in our school.
As with any other public health concern, The Gilbert School’s response is guided by information from our local, state, national and international health agencies. Currently, experts believe that the coronavirus originated from a live animal and seafood market in the city of Wuhan, China. Healthy, young people are believed to be at less risk for complications from the virus, while people who are immunocompromised or elderly are at greater risk. Information regarding transmission is still emerging, although it is believed that human to human transmission is very likely.
Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, runny nose, headache, and sore throat. Of note, we are currently in the height of the influenza season and many people are experiencing symptoms of influenza which are the same. More serious cases of coronavirus include problems breathing, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
Preventative measures to prevent influenza or the coronavirus include:
Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing
Frequent hand washing with soap and water
If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
People who are sick should not come to school
Maintain good personal hygiene-avoid touching face/nose/mouth/eyes
See a doctor if you are not feeling well
Do not travel if you are sick.
If you have been diagnosed with influenza, please do not return to school until you are 24 hours fever free.
If you have additional concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kelli Gilbert, Student Health Services at email@example.com or 860 379 8521.
Sports physicals are required every 13 months. Sports physicals are required for students to try out for a sport. Please make sure your athlete’s physical is up to date so they do not miss valuable playing time. Athletes who have asthma may self administer their inhalers on the field if the appropriate documentation in on file with the nurse. It is encouraged that an extra inhaler be kept with their coach during their sports seasons. Additionally, students with life threatening food or bee sting allergies should have their epipen with the coach at all times (with physician permission). If you need forms or information, please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse at 379-8521 x1431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State of Connecticut requires that all students have a physical examination performed with their primary care physician in 9th grade. If you have not scheduled your 9th grader for an examination, please do so. Physical Examinations are also required for any new student prior to school entry, including 7th graders. Health Assessment Forms are on the website www.gilbertschool.org, Health Office section.
No medications are given in school without written authorization from a physician and parent/guardian. This includes over the counter medication. Medication administration forms are available on the website or from the school nurse. With the appropriate authorizations from the physician and parent, students may carry and self administer emergency medications such as asthma inhalers, Epipens for life threatening allergies, and insulin. Students may carry and self administer cough drops.
There have been a number of students drinking energy drinks lately. These energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine and taurine, which act as stimulants. Students have reported physical symptoms of headache, shakiness, dizziness, and insomnia. Teachers report that students who consume these drinks have difficulty focusing in the classroom. Consumption of energy drinks at school is strongly discouraged. Please take the time to discuss this issue with your son and daughter.
Annual flu shots are recommended and are provided by your child's primary care physician. Reminding your child to cover their cough and the importance of good handwashing goes a long way in preventing colds and viruses from spreading. Proper nutrition and a good nights sleep also help in maintaining our immune systems.