Jill Wenzel, RN
My name is Jill Wenzel and I'm excited to be your new school nurse this year! Before joining Pfluger, I was a NICU nurse for 13 years; 10 of those years as a NICU Transport Nurse for Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin. I also was a sub-school nurse right here in Hays CISD.
I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work where I live and be back in my home school district. (Hays High Class of 2000) I live right here in Kyle with my husband and two children, Brooklyn (one) and Luke (five). Luke will be a Pfluger Falcon this year too!
Thank you to the staff for such a warm welcome; I'm looking forward to a great year!
Parents: If your child is in need of a medication to be given all year, please fill out the Authorization for Medication Taken During the School Day form found on the Hays CISD website. You can also pick one up in my office. If your child visits the nurse clinic during the school day, you will receive personal contact from me, either by phone call, email and/or note sent home. Feel free to reach out to me via clinic phone or my Hays CISD email anytime with questions. Please remember to keep any ill child home (i.e Fever 100 degrees or greater, vomiting and/or diarrhea). Students must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours without medicine to return to school.
My door is always open; thank you for letting me serve you and your children!
~ Jill Wenzel, RN, BSN--Pfluger Elementary School Nurse
News from the Nurse
Dear PES 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.