"You cannot educate an unhealthy child
and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy."
Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders, former US Surgeon General.
I take the above quote to heart every day. Keeping students in the classroom and removing health barriers to learn my objectives. Accomplishing this requires the cooperation of the students, parents and/or guardians, and our staff. Please feel free to communicate with me regarding any concerns or questions you may have.
There is a variety of free health information available in the office. If you are looking for something more specific I will be glad to find it for you.
Please complete the health information packet that is sent at the beginning of every school year. It is important that I be aware of health issues that might impact a student's education. Examples of this would be diabetes, seizure disorders, asthma, life threatening allergies, ect. Contact me if you would like a private consultation.
There is a medication authorization form included in the packet. Please note that no medication will be given to a student without parent permission and a signed order by your Licensed Health Care provider. This applies to over-the-counter (Tylenol, Motrin, Tums, etc.) and prescription medications. If a student needs to carry emergency medication such as an inhaler or epipen, the doctor must sign the order saying such. We also have Action Plans that apply to asthma and severe allergies that must be completed. The ability of the student to self-administer these medications will be assessed by the nurse. Students carry and type of medication without authorization are subject to disciplinary action.
A special note regarding narcotics: Narcotics will not be dispensed in school. If your student requires this level of pain management, please keep him/her at home.
State law mandates that all students be up-to-date with their immunizations. There are immunizations currently available for students that are not mandated. I urge you to discuss these with your physician. They include vaccinations against HPV, meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), and others.
All students are required to have a recent physical exam (example: if the student enters on 9/5/15, the exam must be dated after 9/5/14).
All student athletes must have an annual physical on file.
Emergency Cards are kept in the Health Office. A new card is required at the beginning of each school year. Please keep me informed of any changes that would impact my ability to reach you. A copy of the Emergency Card is sent with any student requiring emergency transport.
Health files are maintained in the Health Services Office for all students. Physical exams, immunizations, screening report, etc. are all a part of those files.
Please help me keep students healthy and ready to learn.
I can be contacted by phone at 413-283-9701 ext. 143, fax at 413-283-9372, or by email at email@example.com.