Camden-Rockport Middle School

Home of the Schooners

Nurse

 A Note from the Health Desk

What do you know about ENERGY DRINKS? Have you heard about “G Fuel”? I recently read an article, "Selling the Young on ‘Gaming Fuel’" after talking with Mr McKenzie about energy drinks and the fierce marketing techniques being used to target teens, especially “gamers” and “professional e-athletes”. Using phrases like “brain energy”, “healthy alternative”, “natural adderall” and “vitamin infused” these multi-billion dollar companies are appealing to our children and selling them on harmful products. I raise this issue because my hope is that you will talk with your children about the health risks and marketing that is targeting them!

Here’s just a few items you need to know per the National Institute of Health:

  • Large amounts of caffeine may cause serious heart and blood vessel problems such as heart rhythm disturbances and increases in heart rate and blood pressure. Caffeine also may harm children’s still-developing cardiovascular and nervous systems.

  • Caffeine use may also be associated with anxiety, sleep problems, digestive problems, and dehydration.

  • Guarana, commonly included in energy drinks, contains caffeine. Therefore, the addition of guarana increases

    the drink’s total caffeine content.

  • People who combine caffeinated drinks with alcohol may not be able to tell how intoxicated they are; they may

    feel less intoxicated than they would if they had not consumed caffeine, but their motor coordination and

    reaction time may be just as impaired.

  • Excessive energy drink consumption may disrupt teens’ sleep patterns and may be associated with increased

    risk-taking behavior.

  • A single 16-oz. container of an energy drink may contain 54 to 62 grams of added sugar; this exceeds the

    maximum amount of added sugars recommended for an entire day. 

In Wellness,     Nurse Gretchen

 

Immunization Information for ALL incoming 7th Grade Students 

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements. This change further aligns Maine's immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. 

All students entering, advancing and transferring into seventh grade will need to receive one dose of Tdap booster vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and one dose of Meningococcal vaccine before attendance is allowed.  The link to the rule (Chapter 126/261) can be found here:  http://www.maine.gov/doe/rule/changes/ . The link to DHHS Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention "Frequently Asked Questions" for Meningococcal Vaccine may be found here:   Download NEW MCV4 School Immunization Requirement FAQ_updated.pdf

Please make an appointment with your child's healthcare provider to receive these vaccines before the start of 7th Grade.  Immunization records can be faxed directly to the school (fax # 236-7815) or delivered to the nurse office or main office.  

If your child does not have a record of these vaccines or an immunization exemption form on file, it may delay his or her start of 7th grade. Please don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions.  

Immunization Exemption

If your child does not have the state required immunizations, you must complete an immunization exemption form every year.

Download EXEMPTION FORM.doc 

Health Forms

Health History: This must be completed annually for ALL students.

Download Annual Health History Form 18-19

Physical Examination: This must be completed and signed by a physician for all students wishing to participate in school athletics. This needs to be completed one time during a student's middle school years, or more often if there is a change in health status. 

Download Physical Exam Form.pdf

The Annual Health History and Physical Exam must be on file in the nurse office for participation in sports.

Concussion Policy: Please click on this link to read the MSAD 28 policy on concussions. There is no separate form to sign, instead sign the bottom of the health history form indicating that you have read and understand this policy. 

Download MSAD 28 Management of Concussions and other Head Injuries.pdf

Download Concussions Handout JJIF-E.pdf

Medications in School

If your child needs to take any medication for any reason while at school, please contact me right away. All medications will be stored/locked in the nurse’s office. No medication may be carried by students or kept in student lockers (with the exception of epinephrine auto injectors, inhalers, and any other emergency medication- with permission). A doctor’s order must be provided for medication to be administered in school. Please print the form below and have it signed by your primary care provider and return it to me.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND MEDICINE TO SCHOOL IN A ZIPLOC BAG.  Medications MUST be in a prescription bottle.  When filling prescription, ask for a spare bottle to transport medications to school.  

Download MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FORM gk.pdf

Asthma Action Plan

Life Threatening Allergy Protocol

Download Food Allergy Emergency Care Plan.pdf

Life-Threatening Allergies & Anaphylaxis Protocol  

MSAD#28 Student Wellness 

Download JL - Student Wellness SAD.pdf

 

Staff Resources start here:   Blood Borne Pathogens Training Video

Blood Borne Pathogen Training Quiz link below

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WCZVVV

Download GBGAA-R_Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan SAD.pdf

Download GBGAA-R-A Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan- Appendix A Procedures for Receiving Hepatitis B Vaccine SAD.pdf