Health Services

Last Updated: 9/3/2020 3:43 PM

Staff:

  • Anne Lowe, RN - Charge Nurse
    • WNE - 260.894.3191 x1040
    • lowea@westnoble.k12.in.us
  • Robin Nash, RN
    • HS - 260.894.3191 x3040
    • nashr@westnoble.k12.in.us
  • Stephanie Sprunger, RN
    • MS - 260.894.3191 x2040
    • sprungers@westnoble.k12.in.us
  • Denise Hershman, RN
    • WNP - 260.894.3191 x4040
    • hershmand@westnoble.k12.in.us

 

In the absence of the school nurse, unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) selected and trained by the school nurse will be available to administer first aid and medications according to school policy and provided training.  A corporation school nurse is always available to UAP by phone should student care require assessment or care beyond the training of the UAP.

 

July 30, 2020 - updated August 26, 2020

The WN nurses have been busy planning for the safe return of students to school.  We need parents and students to know the following before the first day of school: 

  1. If your student has a condition that causes chronic symptoms similar to COVID-19 (congestion, runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or headache), the nurses will need documentation from your healthcare provider with the alternate diagnosis and expected symptoms.  This documentation will help reduce unnecessary exclusion from school.
  2. Before leaving for school each day, please complete the COVID-19 screener with your child.  If you answer "yes" to any questions, please do not send your child to school and call the school to inform them of the absence.
  3. Nebulizers for the administration of breathing treatments will no longer be allowed in the school buildings.  If your child uses albuterol by a nebulizer, please request a prescription for an albuterol inhaler from your healthcare provider before the start of school.  

Additional Information:

Indiana State Department of Health Symptom list and Quarantine Guidelines:

 

June 29, 2020

The school nurses want to remind parents that the 2020 school immunization requirements have not been relaxed due to COVID-19, and all students must be up-to-date on vaccinations upon returning to school in August.  One change that impacts many students is that two Hepatitis A vaccinations are now required for ALL grade levels.  This particularly impacts high school students who were not required to receive Hepatitis A when they entered kindergarten.  As always, 6th graders are required to receive one MCV4 (meningococcal) and one Tdap vaccination and 12th graders are required to receive an additional MCV4 before the first day of school.  Please contact your healthcare provider soon to schedule these vaccinations as appointment times may be delayed due to the current health crisis.    

 

Medication Policy:

 

  1. Only medication that is necessary to take at school should be sent to school.
  2. Prescription medications need to be in the original container labeled with the prescription label.  A medication administration authorization form must be signed by the parent for prescription medications to be administered by the nurse.
  3. Over the counter medication must be in the original package and will only be administered according to package instructions and with a medication authorization form signed by the parent.
  4. Herbal medications require a doctor's order to administer at school.
  5. Students may not carry or administer medication to themselves at school unless they have a self-carry order from a healthcare provider.  This includes inhalers and EpiPens.
  6. Parents accept legal responsibility for the safe arrival of medication to school.

 

Illness Policy:

Students should remain at home for illness if they have:

 

  1. A temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school.
  2. Vomited within the last 24 hours.
  3. More than 2 diarrhea stools within the last 24 hours.
  4. Red, watery eyes not associated with allergies.
  5. Skin sores, rash, or skin condition that is known to be contagious and has not been treated.
  6. Excessive coughing.

If the school nurse finds these signs, any other signs of communicable illness, or live head lice, the parent will be called and the student will be sent home.

Indiana 2019-2020 Required and Recommended School Immunizations - Contact your school nurse if you have questions or concerns.

Infection Control

As we continue to make our way through the cold and flu season and now face the uncertainty of Covid-19, it is good to remember four basic measures to stay healthy: 

  1. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.  Good handwashing requires soap and water, lasts at least 20 seconds, and covers every surface of your hands.
  2. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.  Not into your hand.  Not into the air.
  3. Keep your hands away from your face.  Germs enter through your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  4. Stay home if you have symptoms of illness.  Students should not return to school after illness until they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication.  This will be strictly enforced by our nurses.

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