Nurse's News


My name is Abbie Burnham, and I am your Jackson Elementary School Nurse!  I am a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Wyoming.  Prior to joining TCSD in August 2015, I worked as a pediatric nurse providing routine and emergency health services to children of all ages.  With over four years of pediatric nursing experience and ten years in direct patient care, I have a great understanding of the different developmental ages, stages and individual needs that are vital in managing all health services for the elementary student.

As your school nurse, it is my goal to ensure that each child can achieve academic success by promoting optimum health and a safe environment.  In order to achieve this goal, I ask that you please keep me informed of any changes in your child’s health or wellbeing.  Feel free to email or call with any questions or concerns.

I can be reached at Jackson Elementary School:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm

Best wishes to a healthy, safe, and productive school year!

Abbie Burnham, RN, BSN

JES 733-5302

Winter is cold and flu season. Flu shots are available at your health care provider's office or the public health department. 

In an effort to keep our students healthy, we ask that you keep your child home when he or she is ill. If your child has the following symptoms, he/she should not be in school:

Fever over 100 degrees

Persistent cough

Vomiting or diarrhea

Any infected drainage or body fluids

"Pink eye" symptoms - irritated, itchy eye, tearing, white part of eye looks pink or red

We appreciate your help in keeping our students healthy! 

Enterovirus basics
1 . There are many kinds of enteroviruses, including coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, polioviruses, the hepatitis A virus, and enterovirus D68. These viruses are common and infect millions of people every year. They can infect anyone, but they're more likely to cause illnesses in infants, children, and teens who haven't developed immunity against the virus, and people with weakened immune systems.
2 . EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, and the virus can be found in respiratory secretions such as saliva and mucus. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.
3. There is no vaccine for preventing EV-D68, but you can help protect yourself and your students by following these steps:
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially before lunch or after recess or using the bathroom. Make sure to clean in between the fingers and under the nails, where germs can collect.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing utensils.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as desktops and doorknobs.
  • Teach students how to cough safely - into their elbow, not their hands.
4 . No antiviral medications are currently available for EV-D68. But symptoms such as fever and muscle aches can be relieved while the infection runs its course, which often takes as little as a day or two. However, some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.
You can share this article about enterovirus with your students' parents.


Good Health Websites - good health information for kids and parents. Fun games, activities, videos