Health Services

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Information from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment           

May 8, 2014 

Recently, several students in the Windsor School District have been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Facts you should know:

  • We are experiencing a Pertussis epidemic throughout Colorado.
  • From 2007 to 2011 Colorado averaged 158 cases yearly;  there were  over 1500 cases in 2013.
  • Pertussis is highly contagious, caused by bacteria.
  • If a contagious person coughs and your child breaths in what was coughed he or she can catch the illness.
  • Pertussis is deadly to children under age 2 years, elderly, and immune impaired people such as someone with asthma, diabetes, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
  • Symptoms of coughing can develop 4 to 21 days after exposure to a coughing contagious person.
  • If not treated immediately when the cough starts, coughing and breathing trouble often lasts 6 weeks to three months even if treated – the more the delay in treating, the longer the cough. 

    What to do:

  • Contact your health care provider if you or your child were exposed to a person known to have pertussis.
  • Contact your health care provider if you have a cough, breathing trouble, or throw up from coughing.
  • Take this letter with you to the doctor, be tested for pertussis, and/or get antibiotics immediately.
  • If diagnosed with pertussis complete a course of a prescribed antibiotics for pertussis – minimum five (5) days.
  • Review the DTaP/Tdap immunization records of your children and vaccinate if not up-to-date.

    Additional instructions:

  • If diagnosed with pertussis a child must/will be excluded from school/child care until he or she completes five(5) days of prescribed antibiotic.
  • Staff diagnosed with pertussis cannot return to school until five (5) days of an appropriate antibiotic are completed.
  • Pertussis can occur in immunized individuals because immunity goes down from infancy to teens.
  • Increase the health of your family with good nutrition, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise.  

If you have any questions please contact Faton Emami R.N. BSN, Weld County Public Health, Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Program 970-304-6420, ext. 2311.

For more information visit http://www.immunizeforgood.com/

                Prevent Spreading Pertussis.  Cover Your Cough. Wash hands.



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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Information

School Registered Nurses:

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. Definition adopted at the National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors meeting, June 1999.

Windsor School District, Weld RE-4, has two School Registered Nurses who serve our preschool - high school students. Responsibilities include providing direct care to students, promoting a healthy school environment, reviewing parent provided student health information, developmenting and implementing health care plans for students, supervising health aides, delegating medication administration and procedures to unlicensed staff, conducting vision/hearing screenings and referring as appropriate, teaching in the classrooms, collaborating with the special education team, serving on a variety of committees/teams, and consulting with outside agencies as needed.

Health Aide Responsibilities:

Each health room is staffed by a qualified health aide who has annual CPR/First Aide training and specific medication training for school employees. The health aides are also knowledgeable regarding immunization requirements, common health conditions, communicable diseases and growth/development. They are available to answer your questions and are able to get in touch with the School Nurses at all times.
 
 

Building Health Aide Contact Information:

Bellendir, Patty  
Business: 970-686-8312
Email: patty.bellendir@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: 810 3rd Street
Windsor, CO 80550
Fax: 970-686-8301

Health Aide at Mountain View Elementary
Coppersmith, Diane  
Business: 970-686-8112
Email: diane.coppersmith@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: 1100 Main Street
Windsor, CO 80550
Fax: 970-686-8101

Health Aide at Windsor High School
Davis, Renee  
Business: 970-674-5212
Email: renee.davis@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: 1801 Avery Plaza Street
Windsor, CO 80550
Fax: 970-674-5201

Health Aide for Severance Middle School
Gorsuch, Kara  
Business: 970-674-6012
Email: kara.gorsuch@welsre4.k12.co.us
Address: 700 Ponderosa Drive
Severance, CO 80550
Fax: 970-674-6001

Health Aide at Range View Elementary
Hartley, Jenny  
Business: 970-686-8612
Email: jenny.hartley@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: 1583 Grand Avenue
Windsor, CO 80550
Fax: 970-686-8601

Health Aide at Grandview Elementary

Heiden, Joni  
Street, Kristi
Joni Business:
Kristi Business:
970-686-8075

970-686-8076
Email: joni.heiden@weldre4.k12.co.us, kristi.street@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: School Nurses Office at Severance Middle School 970-674-5224
Joni is the School RN serving Windsor High School, Windsor Middle School, Mountain View Elementary, Range View Elementary, and Tozer Primary students.
Krisit is the School RN serving Grandview Elementary, Skyview Elementary, Severance Middle School, Windsor Charter Academy special education students, Preschool initial health evaluations and screenings

Jimmerson, Erinn  
Business: 970-351-2014
Email: erinn.jimmerson@unco.edu

Erinn is our district audiologist

Brewster, Kim
 
Business: 970-686-8512
Email: kim.brewster@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: 1000 Stone Mountain Drive
Windsor, CO 80550
Fax: 970-686-8501

Health Aide at Skyview Elementary
Frisch, Susan  
Business: 970-686-8212
Email: susan.frisch@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: 900 Main Street
Windsor, CO 80550
Fax: 970-686-8201

Health Aide at Windsor Middle School
Zigray, Suzy  
Business: 970-686-8412
Email: suzy.zigray@weldre4.k12.co.us
Address: 501 Oak Street
Windsor, CO 80550
Fax: 970-686-8401

Health Aide at Tozer Primary