Jill Wenzel, RN
Hello Negley Navigators!
My name is Nurse Jill and I'm excited to be your new school nurse! I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and I'm currently in school working on my MSN with The University of Texas at Arlington. I have been an RN for 15 years. My first 13 I worked at Seton Medical Center and Dell Children's Medical Center Austin in the NICU. I was a transport and high risk neonatal nurse while working there. For the past 2 years I've been an elementary school nurse at one of our sister schools in the Hays district. I live here in Kyle with my husband, our two children; Luke (6yo) and Brooklyn (3yo) and our 7 month old Boston Terrier, Walker! My son Luke will also be joining me as a new Navigator; he will be in 1st grade! Thank you to the staff and everyone that I've met so far for the warm welcome. I look forward to being your school nurse for many years to come.
Parents: If you are needing anything from me, please do not hesitate to call or send me an email. My door is always open!
Lets work together to have an amazing, healthy and safe school year!
Jill Wenzel, RN, BSN
News from the Nurse
Dear NES Parent or Guardian:
The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if they experience flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:
Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
- Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
- Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
- Mild stomachache
Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
- Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth and your child may return to school only after is or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
- Vomiting (even once)
- General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
- Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
- Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
- Wash hands frequently
- Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without medication. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.
Often when a child awakes with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
Thank you in advance for your help to make your school as healthy as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.