Welcome to Botelle Elementary School Health office !

My name is Rene' Ayers, I have been a resident of Norfolk for 32 years, and raised two children who attended Botelle Elementary many years ago. I have been practicing as a Registered Nurse for 22 years, working in several different nursing settings from medical surgical, behavioral health, nurse consulting, and finally, as a school nurse! I'm so happy to have the pleasure to work in my home town with the wonderful children of Norfolk. I am a strong believer that healthy kids develop from a healthy diet, regular exercise, and plenty of sleep.  

"The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention and follow up within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical and mental, emotional and social needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process." - NASN'

A healthy diet with proper nutrition helps children live healthy lives and avoid chronic diseases. 
Healthy eating can:
1.Stabilize energy
2.Increase moods
3.Improve mental  clarity
4.Maintain a healthy weight
5.Help prevent mental health conditions

Hand washing is a simple secret to staying healthy! 20 seconds saves lives! 

Wash your hands:

1. After using the bathroom

2. Before and after eating

3. After coughing ,sneezing or blowing nose. 

4. After playing with pets.

5. After playing outside.

6. After touching a cut or sore. 

Cold, Flu or "Stomach Flu"?  Know the difference...

Cold
 

A cold Is a contagious respiratory illness caused by more than 100 different viruses

 

Cold symptoms can include: 
* Runny or stuffy nose 
* Sneezing  
* Nasal congestion 
* Sore throat
* Mild cough
* Mild aches
* Fatigue 
* Fever (young children) 

 

Prevention:  
* Frequent hand washing
* Covering your cough by coughing into the bend of your elbow   

 

Treatment can include: 
* Over-the-counter cold medicine
* Zinc lozenges  
* Vitamin C 

Flu

 

The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

 

 Flu symptoms can include:

 * Fever
* Body aches
* Fatigue  
* Headache
* Sore throat   
* Hacking cough
* Chills 
* Diarrhea (young children) 
* Vomiting (young children) 
* Sudden onset 

 

Prevention:  
* Yearly flu vaccine   
* Frequent hand washing
* Covering your cough by coughing into the bend of your elbow

 

Treatment can include:
* Over-the-counter flu medicines  
* Prescription flu medicine 
* Bed rest 

Stomach Flu

 
The stomach flu isn’t the flu at all. Its inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines. Several different viruses can cause the “stomach flu” which is highly contagious and common.

 

Stomach flu symptoms can include: 
* Watery diarrhea
* Vomiting                      
* Nausea       
* Headache
* Fever              
* Chills
* Abdominal pain (cramping)

 

Prevention: 
* Frequent hand washing
* Don’t share food, drinks or eating utensils with infected people.
 
Treatment can include:
* Over-the-counter anti-diarrhea and nausea medicines
* Drink plenty of water or sports drinks. Avoid fatty and sugary foods, dairy, caffeine & alcohol. 

T 860-542-5286  F 860-542-5770     •     BOTELLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL     •     128 Greenwoods Road, Norfolk, CT  06058

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