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Immunizations

In order to promote health and protect children from vaccine preventable diseases, Wisconsin’s state law requires that all students have the required immunizations or have a signed waiver.  Franklin Public Schools complies with all laws regarding immunizations.  Students entering 6th grade are required to have 1 TDap immunization.

Medications

Medications may be administered to students during the school day if parents or legal guardians submit a completed Request to Administer Medication form (found linked off our health services main page).  This must be done prior to school staff giving medication.

Lice

  • Head lice are a common problem that affects school age children.  Lice can be found on anyone's head. While lice may be a nuisance, it does not carry diseases or cause illnesses.   
  • If your child has lice, don’t panic.  There are ways to kill lice and remove nits.  Some resources are found here for next steps: Head Lice 101 and Head Lice - What Parents Need to Know.  
  • Please alert the school office if your child has lice.  We are here to support and offer additional resources.

TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL?

When to keep your child home?

  • Fevers - Keep your child home for 24 hours after they have a fever greater than 100 without fever reducing medication
  • Vomiting - Keep your child home for 24 hours after they last vomited

Infection prevention?

  • Handwashing - cleaning your hands is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and prevent spreading germs to others.  Soap and water is the best way to clean your hands but hand sanitizer is also proven effective (use one with at least 60% alcohol content).  
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue if you are able.  If not, use your upper sleeve to cough or sneeze in. Always wash your hands after you cough or sneeze.  This will help prevent spreading germs and can help keep you and your family healthy.

CONCUSSION / BRAIN INJURY

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) that happens when there is a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or when there is a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

What are signs and symptoms that might indicate that a concussion has occurred? 

Every concussion is different. Not all are accompanied by loss of consciousness, and there are not many reliable ways to predict the severity and duration of symptoms following a head injury.

Symptoms of brain injury or concussion that may require attention include:

  • Difficulty remembering events surrounding the time of the injury
    • Feeling “in a fog”, confused, or just not feeling right

    • Sensitivity to light or noise

    • Double or blurry vision

    • Balance problems

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Headache or pressure in head

    • Mood, behavior, or personality changes

    • Clumsiness or slow movements or speech

    • Forgetfulness or confusion

What should I do if my child has been diagnosed with a concussion?

Contact the school office or one of the district nurses. Also, any paperwork that was shared with you from the provider who cared for your child will be very beneficial to the school to determine how to keep your child feeling well and minimize the symptoms that they experience in the school setting.

What should I expect for my child’s recovery period after their injury?

Current evidence shows that it’s best for children to return to school within 24-48 hours maximum of the time that the injury occurred. The school’s health team and staff will help provide accommodations on an individualized basis to ensure that your child’s return to school and learning process allows for safe recovery from their injury. 

Where can I learn more about concussions?

VAPING

Vaping Defined

  • Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.

Vaping Devices

Key facts that parents need to know about vaping

  1. Doctors and researchers are still learning about the health concerns related to e-cigarette use. The exact cause of the current epidemic known as e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) is unknown, and the best treatment for the injury is still being determined.

  2. Brands of e-cigarettes, such as JUUL, contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, making them incredibly addictive. 

  3. Vapes can have an appearance similar to other common items and don’t produce a strong odor, making them easy to hide.

  4. E-cigarette products are available in many flavors that are appealing to children and add to the misconception that they are all less harmful than traditional cigarettes. 

Vaping Informational Resources

Click here for more information about vaping OR Links to helpful resources related to vaping.

Quitting Resources

Want to quit using vapes or help someone you know?

  • Youth and young adults can access the new e-cigarette quit program by texting "DITCHJUUL" to 88709. Parents and other adults looking to help young people quit should text "QUIT" to (202) 899-7550.
  • Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Volition Franklin

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Volition Franklin is a coalition that works to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by educating young people to make informed decisions. We engage with parents and students at community events, carry out awareness campaigns, and offer resources to help support healthy decision-making. We also promote a philosophy of open communication among family members.

ABOUT US

Franklin Public Schools health and nursing services are led by our two district nurses who are responsible for providing leadership in the areas of school nursing practice, school health policy, and school health programs. Ensuring the health and wellness of our students is our top priority. 

NURSES

Lori O’Neil BSN, RN (Elem & Rec Dept)

414-525-7624
lori.oneil@franklin.k12.wi.us

Background: Prior to starting with Franklin Public Schools in 2015, Lori was a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on the Medical/Infant Unit from 2004-2015. Additionally, she spent two years as a Patient Care Supervisor leading nurses, care partners and support staff during her time at Children’s Hospital.  

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Molly Kaul MS, RN, PCNS-BC (FPMS & FHS)

414-525-7622
molly.kaul@franklin.k12.wi.us

Background: Prior to starting with Franklin Public Schools in 2017, Molly was a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on the Clinical Resource Unit, the Infant Unit, and the Medical Unit from 2006-2012. From 2012-2017, she was a Clinical Nurse Specialist on the Medical Unit primarily caring for children with Gastrointestinal illnesses, Pulmonary disorders, and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. 

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Masters of Science in Nursing - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

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