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The Nurse's Office

The Nurse’s Office

The Nurse’s Office is open during the school day from 7:40 am – 3:00 pm to support the students and staff.  A healthy student is better able to participate, pay attention in class and succeed in their learning.

Some of my responsibilities as the School Nurse include:

  • Providing acute and emergency care of illness and injury during the school day.  This includes first aid for recess injuries, monitoring acute asthma episodes, caring for students with diabetes, caring for concussions that occur at school and monitoring those that have occurred elsewhere, visualizing sore throats with a flash light, looking in ears with the otoscope for increase in fluid behind the eardrum, treating sprains and strains and contacting parents about illness and injuries. Monitoring illnesses to decrease communicable diseases by excluding students from school with signs of disease or illness that can be spread.
    • The Nurse may send a student home if it appears that the student may have a contagious condition. Parents may be asked for documentation from the physician prior to the student returning to school. The Ohio Department of Health Communicable Disease chart serves as the guidelines for determining the recommendations for the student.
    • In the event of a true emergency, 911 will be called first and then every attempt will be made to contact the parent or designated persons on the EMA.
  • Administering regular scheduled medication and/or treatments that have been prescribed by health care providers for students throughout the school day.  Assessing symptoms and administering medications that have been ordered on an as needed basis including emergency medication for life threatening food allergies.
  • Reviewing the immunization record provided by the parent or previous school to ensure the proper immunization of all students in accordance with Ohio law. If it is determined that the student needs additional immunizations at the beginning of the school year, it is expected that immunizations are obtained immediately upon notification from the nurse. If the student is found to be out of compliance with Ohio law, the student may be excluded after 14 days into the school year per Ohio law. Immunization requirements for school may change annually.
  • Performing hearing, vision and postural (scoliosis) screening as required and recommended by the Ohio Department of Health.
    • Vision is screened in grades K, 1, 3, 5 and 7.  Hearing is screened in grades K, 1, 3, and 5. In the event that a parent does not want the student participating in one or all of the screenings, the parent must notify the school office in writing prior to the screening. Parents are notified and students are referred for additional care if they do not pass the screening.
    • Postural screening occurs in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 8 for boys. Postural screening is performed in accordance with the recommendations by the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) and SRS (Scoliosis Research Society). This screening helps identify students with curvature of the spine known as scoliosis as well as other spinal problems. Parents are contacted and students are referred for additional care if a concern is noted.
  • Developing individual health plans (IHP) and emergency action plans (EAP) in collaboration with parents and the student’s health care providers (physicians and/or nurse practitioners) for students with chronic health conditions such as food allergies, asthma, seizure disorders, diabetes, migraine headaches and seasonal allergies.
     
  • Training appropriate designated school personnel in the proper administration of medication and treatment.
     
  • Providing resource material and contact information for students, families, teachers and staff in the area of health and health concerns.


To best care for students during the school day, I need to be aware of the health concerns that exist for your child. St Jude School may ask you to regularly complete a brief health history along with your Emergency Medical Authorization.

Please contact the Nurse’s Office with any changes that occur in the student’s health during the school year or over the summer.  Communication is the key to making sure the student health needs are met during the school day.