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School Nurse

Dear Parents,

Health & Physicals
This year it is even more important to pay close attention to the Student Health forms, as symptoms of Covid-19 overlap with other symptoms of less serious and sometimes chronic conditions:
  • List serious medical conditions such as a history of cancer, seizures, diabetes, heart defects, asthma, anaphylaxis, (or other) and any medications taken.
  • List chronic illnesses such as allergies, exercise-induced or occasional asthma, skin conditions/rashes/eczema, food intolerances, migraines or anything else that you and your child deal with at home on a frequent basis.
  • List ALL medications that you give your child daily at home. This information will be important when determining the health of your student based on symptoms they present with at school.
  • Families will be required to complete a daily attestation form for each child attending Lakeview.
  • A child should remain home if they have a fever >100 degrees or appear sick.
  • Normal childhood illnesses are still present. Strep may present with stomachache and headache, yet no fever.
  • It is helpful to know about any communicable illness so that I may keep track of them. This information is confidential. Email: scarlet.pendarvis@lakeviewacademy.org, or leave a message on the direct line in the infirmary at (770) 531-2612.
Please schedule your child’s yearly check-up with their primary care physician and make sure your child(ren) is up to date on vaccinations. It is even more important this year to get the annual flu vaccine for you and your child(ren).

Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday. 

  • I am able to administer medications your child needs during the school day
  • Complete the Permission to Administer Medication form and personally check the medication in with me in the infirmary prior to school starting.
  • School policy states that no child is to carry medication on them with the exception of inhalers, epipens, and insulin. In addition, some medications require authorization from the prescribing physician.
  • If your child requires seizure medication, insulin, epipen or Auvi-Q, or Albuterol*, please provide an updated action plan prepared by your child's practitioner for this school year. *Nebulizers will not be used this school year except for emergencies in order to not aerosolize potential virus particles. If your child requires albuterol while at school, please ask your physician to prescribe an inhaler with an AeroChamber.
I am looking forward to welcoming your students back to school for the 2020-2021 school year!

Scarlet Pendarvis, BSN, RN
Lakeview Academy School Nurse
Clinic hours 8am-3:30pm
Phone: 770-532-4383 Ext. 144
Fax: 770-536-6142
Email: scarlet.pendarvis@lakeviewacademy.org

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CDC publishes “Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration—United States, 2020" in MMWR Early Release

CDC published Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration—United States, 2020 in a May 8 early release of MMWR. The report describes drastic reductions in vaccine ordering from the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program and also in vaccine administration to children and teens in recent weeks.

Various shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders have helped slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. However, recent findings show these restrictions have resulted in a troubling decrease in the number of children getting their recommended vaccinations. On March 24, CDC posted guidance stressing the importance of routine well-child visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. But recent data show a notable decrease in the ordering and administering of childhood vaccines.

A decline in measles-containing vaccine administration began the week after the declaration of the national emergency on March 13. Similar decreases were also noted for multiple vaccines that are essential to keep other serious diseases from reappearing during this public health emergency. The data indicate that many children are now vulnerable to several serious, vaccine-preventable diseases. The shortfalls are especially significant for children 2 through 18 years of age.

Going forward, healthcare organizations will need to promote childhood and adolescent vaccinations, including reaching out to parents of patients who are overdue for their recommended vaccinations.

Parental fears about potentially exposing children to COVID-19 may contribute to the recent decline in vaccine delivery. Medical practices need to implement safety protocols to protect families and reassure parents that safety protocols are in place. Clinicians and health departments need to continue coordinated efforts to achieve the rapid vaccination catch-up necessary to avoid outbreaks of deadly diseases.

Vaccinating children and teens is of the utmost importance. Parents need to schedule and attend well-child checkups, seek vaccination on schedule, and communicate with their healthcare provider to make sure children are up to date on all their vaccinations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the importance of vaccination and prevention of disease. Postponing vaccinations puts millions of children at risk for preventable infection.

Access the MMWR article in HTML format or in PDF format.
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Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in grades K3 through 12, located in Gainesville, GA. 

Lakeview Academy is committed to excellence in the personal growth and academic development of the college-bound student through a partnership of school, family, and community.