WALTON HEALTH RESOURCE OFFICE

What You Need to Know:

  • The latest findings from the investigation into lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, suggest products containing THC play a role in the outbreak.
  • Most of the patients (77%) in this outbreak reported using THC-containing products, or both THC-containing products and nicotine-containing products.
  • A second report published today in MMWR from Wisconsin and Illinois had similar findings regarding the use of products containing THC. The report contains more details on the characteristics of cases in those states, including demographics, as well as substances and product types used.
  • While this investigation is ongoing, CDC recommends people consider refraining from using e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly those containing THC
  • If you are an adult who used e-cigarettes containing nicotine to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and you have symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, see a healthcare provider.
  • Regardless of the ongoing investigation, e-cigarette or vaping products should not be used by youth, young adults, women who are pregnant, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products.

 

The most up-to-date, publicly available information on this investigation, including CDC recommendations, can be found on the CDC’s website




TOBACCO AND VAPING CESSATION RESOURCES 

  • Georgia Department of Public Health Quit Line (ages 13 years and older): https://dph.georgia.gov/ready-quit
  • Juul cessation texting program for youth from the Truth Initiative®:

This innovative and free text message program was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully, quit e-cigarettes.

The program is tailored by age group to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting. The program will also serve as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape.

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.

 

ADMINISTRATION OF CBD OIL  IN SCHOOLS 

 

Per School Nursing Standards of practice (National Association of School Nurses) we only administer medications that are FDA approved.

https://www.nasn.org/nasn/advocacy/professional-practice-documents/positionbriefs/pb-cannabis

 

Per CCSD policy: JGCD-R

Page 3 of 4;  Section D – “Herbals: Over-the-counter diet pills, vitamins, and dietary supplements, including but not limited to minerals and herbs, will not be given.”

 

Additionally, the Georgia DOE has not given authorization to public schools to administer CBD oil or other cannabis derivatives due to Federal laws that deem schools as “Drug free zones”.

 

The medication policy is under review with changes specifically to address CBD oil.

 

Please let me know if you have questions/concerns.

 

Medication Reminders for the 2019 - 2020 School Year

 

If your child will be taking daily prescription medication at school, please be advised of the following information:

 

 *ALL prescription medicine must be brought to the clinic and signed in with the nurse, by a parent or their designee.

 

*Prescription medication is NOT to be carried by students at any time; exceptions are medications for diabetes, asthma and/or food allergy/allergy medications.

 

*the prescription label must include what time/time of day the medication is to be given, if a specific time is not stated:  “at lunch, after lunch, OR in the afternoon at school” is acceptable.

 

*Prescription Daily medication at Walton is given in the clinic, between classes, last available dose is before 7th pd (2:30PM).

 

*For medication that is prescribed to be given every day at school:

If the student misses 10 consecutive doses, the medication will be returned to the parent.

(classes cannot be interrupted to remind students to take daily medication; taking daily medication in the clinic is the student’s responsibility)

 

** If your child will come intermittently (i.e. medicine not taken on WEBs or occasional Fridays), the label should include “may take as needed in school”

 

*Over-the counter medicine (OTC), for example: Ibuprofen, Tylenol, & cough drops may be carried by high school students without an authorization form. *The clinic does not keep a supply of OTC medications. The OTC medicine carried by a student must be in the original container. DO NOT bring OTC medicine in a zip lock bag. This should be a small personal supply of medicine, and may not be shared with other students. All medication must be supplied by a parent.

 

 

Thanks very much for your understanding and help with this matter.

As always, the health and safety of the students is our number one priority.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

Sandy Evans, RN, BSN

School Nurse

Walton High School

Clinic Hours 8:30-3:30

770-578-3225  x042

sandra.evans@cobbk12.org

 

Click here for some important reminders from the Walton Clinic.


Please wash your hands frequently with soap and water--hand sanitizer is not effective enough to kill the germs during flu season.
Cough into your elbow not your hand.
Disinfect items handled daily: door knobs, phones, desks, computers, backpack handles, lunchboxes, & pens/pencils!
Most importantly: if you are sick, take care of yourself and stay home.
Click here for more information. 

 

*Prescription medication is NOT to be carried by students at any time.

  1. The only exceptions are diabetic, asthma, or epi-pen medications. *If your student has need of any of these medications please see the nurse for more information.
  2. If your child needs prescription medicine during the school day (a one-time dose OR daily)
    1. parent must bring the medicine to the clinic, in the original pharmacy labeled container
    2. Proper Authorization forms must be completed and signed by the parent. 
    3. Authorization to Give Medication
  3. **Parent volunteers and student aides may NOT accept or deliver any medication to students at school.

Important: The School Nurse Does not dispense any medication to a student, unless that medication is supplied by the parent. The Clinic does not supply over the counter medication for student use.

 

OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES, THAT CAN BE PURCHASED WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION, MAY BE CARRIED BY STUDENTS, IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER.

  1. This should be a small personal supply and may not be shared with other students.
  2. Parents and students are responsible for the proper dosage and use of the medications.
  3. If the parent prefers, they may leave the medications in the clinic to be dispensed by the nurse, with authorization form signed.
  4. Over-the counter medicine (OTC), examples: Ibuprofen, Tylenol, & cough drops