Health Office Information
School Nurse: Kelli Gilbert, RN BSN
- Coronavirus Public Announcement
- Facts on Vaping
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 860 379 8521.
As of January 2020, 51 people in Connecticut have been hospitalized due to lung injury from vaping. 23 of which were under the age of 25!
IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE FACTS!
The brain continues to develop until your mid twenties. Nicotine is highly addictive and can affect or impair the brain’s development.
One Juul pod can contain as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes.
In addition to Nicotine, other chemicals found in the vapor of tobacco delivery systems include:
Heavy metals (such as nickel, tin, and/or lead)
Diacetyl (a flavoring compound linked to serious lung disease)
Acrolein (an herbicide used to kill weeds)
- Formaldehyde (a product of the degradation of propylene glycol and glycerol vapor and is a carcinogen)
More than 1 in 4 high schoolers vaped in 2019, an increase of 32% from 2018.
More than half of students in middle and high school that used e-cigarettes said they had tried to quit in the past.
More than 90,000 Teens and young adults have enrolled in the “This is Quitting” program, an e-cigarette quitting program from Truth Initiative.
Vapes and Marijuana
Brands, like Pax Era, produce devices that resemble USB drives and are used to deliver marijuana products. There are others designed to look like metered dose inhalers, the type of inhaler often carried by people with asthma.
What Can You Do To Help Your Child?
Talk to your child. Talk to them about the risks associated with all tobacco products
Start an open dialogue. Try to keep it a conversation, not a lecture
Set clear expectations that you expect them to remain tobacco free
Set the example by also remaining tobacco free
Answer their questions honestly
If you child verbalizes a desire to quit, try to provide non judgemental support.. Help your child set a date to be nicotine free and celebrate that decision. Help them research reliable resources to support them.
Resources for Teens and Parents
Smoke Free Teen-this is a teen and parent friendly website loaded with information on how to quit, apps that can help, and how to deal with cravings. https://teen.smokefree.gov/quit-vaping
American Lung Association-information on teen smoking.
Vaping. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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 email@example.com.
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.