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St. Clair County Schools Health Services

Your school nurse is:

Ashville Schools LaShon Self, RN Phone: (205) 594-2235
Margaret Elementary Lisa Daniels, LPN Phone: (205) 629-5034 ext 4
Moody Elementary and JR High Lorrie Abrams, LPN Phone: (205) 640-2189
Moody Middle & High Sha Swindall, LPN Phone: (205) 640-2190
Odenville Elementary & Intermediate Shavika Gross, LPN Phone: (205) 629-6406 ext 3
Odenville Middle & St Clair High Angie Coupland, RN Phone: (205) 629-2280 ext 3
Ragland Schools Billie Bunt, LPN Phone: (205) 472-2123 ext 1
Springville Elementary Dana Garvich, LPN Phone: (205) 467-6550 ext 2
Springville Middle & High Dana Pennington, LPN Phone: (205) 467-2740 ext 3
Steele JR High Sharon Owen, RN Phone: (256) 538-5489

Updated student/parent information is of the utmost importance when an emergency occurs. So, plan ahead. Please e-mail , or send in writing to your school nurse above your updated home, work, and cell phone numbers, emergency contacts and contact phone numbers, and updated health/medical conditions. If you child develops a newly diagnosed medical condition, please make sure you notify you child’s nurse, so they may best care for them. Thank you!

Helpful Information

Attention: Here are some guidelines for deciding whether your child is sick enough to stay home.

Fever: If your temperature is 100.5 degrees F or higher, then stay home. Don't return to your office or school until 24 hours after your fever has subsided. A fever is one of clearest signs of a contagious illness, and showing up at school or work will too easily result in passing on whatever you've got to others. If your child has a temperature of 100.5 or greater, you child will be sent home. This should be without Tylenol. Or other Fever aids.

Cough: If your cough brings up mucus or phlegm-type secretions, then stay home. Especially if it has color. A dry cough is OK for school. Regardless of what kind of cough you have, cover your mouth and keep your hands washed. Remember only cough drops with Pectin can be used at school without a medication form. Any medicated cough drops require a medication form signed by the parent.

Sore throat: If it hurts to swallow, breathe or speak, then stay home, or if your sore throat is accompanied by fever. If your voice is raspy or your throat is only slightly sore, then it's OK to show up at work or school. Cough drops may be helpful. Warm salt water gargles are the best treatment for sore throats.

Runny nose: If you must constantly blow your nose to keep it clear, then stay home. If it's only slightly stuffy, and you aren't having trouble breathing, then it's probably all right to be at work.

Earache: By itself, an earache won't pose a hazard to others unless you work in a job that requires balance (such as being a bus driver, a pilot or a school crossing guard.) But if an earache is accompanied by other symptoms of contagion, you'll need to stay home.

Vomiting: Stay home, of course. And stay home for an additional 24 hours once you have stopped vomiting.

Diarrhea: Similar to the guidelines for vomiting.

Rashes: Contagious rashes like pink eye require keeping your distance from others. Some rashes, like MRSA, can even be deadly if you give them to someone else. See your doctor to learn whether your rash requires you stay away from work or school. Your school nurse will send home your child for any undiagnosed rashes. If your child is itching and scratching to the point they cannot concentrate, ple

While having a sick kid is a hardship for most families, it is important that parents enact the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) in that if you wouldn't want your son or daughter playing with a sick kid who exhibits certain illnesses, then the same holds true for them as well.
Providers and teachers report that families will often drop off a sick youth with a fever or who has just recently thrown up because of work arrangements. That creates not only a major health risk to all youngsters but is terribly unfair to the sick kid as well. Plus, recovery time is shorter with a sick patient who is given plenty of rest, and some good old' TLC Please keep them at home.

Helpful Links

Which immunizations must my child have to remain in school? immunization requirements for school attendance posted by the Alabama Department of Public Health Per Alabama State law.   

Helping Your Child Get Ready for School -

Nutrition and the Health of Young People-
Research suggests that not having breakfast can affect children’s intellectual performance.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Children - A Nutrition & Activity Guide for Parents
Healthy eating and physical activity don't become habits overnight. It takes time and effort to make them part of a daily routine. This guide tells you where to start and what you can do at home to help your child.

Scoliosis Screening:

1) All students in grades 5-12/ Boys and girls without documentation from a physician of follow-up.
2) Additional populations to be screened:

a) Students who were absent during a previously scheduled scoliosis screening
b) Students referred for scoliosis screening by a teacher or parent*

Vision: All students in Kindergarten are screened by Vision research. Any referrals will be sent home to parents
As part of Special Education Evaluation

Health Room

Over-the-Counter Medication: All O-T-C medication will be brought to the health room for storage and administration at the beginning of the school day in a sealed original container . A signed parent permission as well as a doctor's order must accompany it. Medications will not exceed recommended dosages on the bottle. (For example: We cannot give 3 Ibuprofen. More than the recommended 2 ibuprofen is a prescription dose and will not be given without a doctor's prescription.)
Over-the-counter permission form : (Rev 8/07)

Prescription Medication: All prescription medication must be brought to the health room for storage and administration at the beginning of the school day These must be counted with the medication assistant or nurse.. All prescription medications are required to be in its pharmacy medication bottle. It MUST be in its original container with an affixed PHARMACY LABEL. If changes have been made to the frequency or amount of medication other than what is on the label, it MUST be accompanied by new medication form signed by the doctor and the parent reflecting the change. Please remember: Pharmacists will provide an additional labeled bottle for school and field trip use. This includes dose packs of Solu-Medrol. Please ask the pharmacist to place only the dosage for school in a separate bottle with original label. Keep only ONE month’s supply in the health room.
Prescription permission form (used district wide):

ALL Medication MUST be provided by the parent. The only medication provided by the health room is the following: Calamine, Vaseline petroleum jelly, soap and water, if you do not want us to use these on your student, please inform us in writing.

Self-administering medications: Asthma: In order for your student to carry their asthma inhaler and self-administer in the classroom or school grounds, the following forms must be signed and on file in the health room. Diabetes: Any student with diabetes that is self-monitoring their blood sugars or self-administering their insulin in the classroom or school grounds must have the following forms signed and on file in the health room:

ASPIRIN CONTAINING PRODUCTS ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS: Aspirin or Salicylate containing medications are not recommended for children including adolescents because it can increase the risk of contracting Reye's Syndrome. Reye's Syndrome is a neurological disease that can occur after a flu-like illness. Therefore, they will not be given in the health room unless there is a specific doctor's signed form on file. Regardless, if there is any sign of flu-like symptoms, ASPIRIN or SALICYLATE medications WILL NOT be given. Syndrome. Also, Excedrin Migraine is not recommend for under the age of l8 years of age and will not be given without a medication form signed by physician and the parent.

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