• Welcome to Pine School

    Hello!  My name is Ruthie Olson, School Nurse for Pine Elementary. I have been a registered nurse for 16 years. I worked in the intensive care unit and home health prior to becoming a school nurse. Believing strongly that wellness and learning go hand in hand, I will do my best to help keep your child healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student's medical needs, please feel free to call or email me. 

    NOTES FROM THE NURSE...
     
    It is that time of year again! In addition to current concerns related to COVID-19, flu season is upon us. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the Influenza A or Influenza B virus. The flu can be a mild or severe illness.  The following symptoms are frequently associated with the flu: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, fatigue, and occasionally people experience vomiting and diarrhea.  Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.  Diagnostic testing can help determine if you are sick with the flu or COVID-19. Per the CDC, it's likely that flu and COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter.  Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. 
    THIS MEANS GETTING A FLU VACCINE DURING 2020-2021 IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER! 
     
      
     
    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT THE FLU?
     
    .....Frequent hand washing especially after using the restroom, eating, or preparing food.
    .... Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness.
    .....Immediately remove and wash linens and clothing contaminated with the virus (vomit or stool).  Use hot water
         and soap.
    .....People that are infected with flu virus should not prepare food while they have symptoms and for 3 days after
         they recover. . 
     
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  • Contact me at:
    L. Ruthie Olson, RN
    Pine Elementary School Nurse
    (219) 873-2114, Ext. 6823
    (219) 873-2213 Fax
     
    We're the school with HeART!
     
    Pine Elementary School