Deer Lakes

School District

Health Services

Role of the School Nurse

The role of the professional school nurse is to collaborate with staff, students, parents, and community resources to promote the well-being of children and teens in order to maximize the potential for learning.
 
Functions:
  • Identify and assess student health concerns which may impact learning and intervene as appropriate
  • Develop health plans for students with disabilities and/or health conditions that interfere with learning
  • Provide health counseling to students, families, and district staff
  • Initiate and follow up on referrals to health care providers
  • Train staff providing delegated nursing acts
  • Maintain confidential student health records
  • Act as a school/community/health care provider liaison
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies regarding student immunizations.
  • Consult and collaborate with student services and other school staff informally and during building consultation team meetings
  • Participate in special education evaluations and individual education plan meetings for students who have significant health concerns
  • Provide input for the development of school district health policies
  • Develop and implement protocols for emergency care, illness/injury intervention, and medication administration
  • Serve on district and community committees and coalition related to health and wellness 

Availability

Each school nurse is assigned to a school in the district. The schedule for the school nurse is available in the school office. School nurses may be contacted at any of their assigned schools.

Provision of Services:

School nurses consult with staff regarding students, observe and interact with students, and provide follow up services without a formal referral or consent. Special assessments and interventions may require parental consent.

Too Sick for School?

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school and too sick for after school programs can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use these guidelines to help make the best decision.

Good to Go!
If your child has any of the following symptoms, they can probably go to school:

  • Sniffles, runny nose and/or mild cough without a fever. This could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes.
  • Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue
  • Single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms 

 Stay Home!
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home or make appropriate child care arrangements:

  • Fever – 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
    *Current public health guidelines require a child be fever free for 72 hours before returning to school.
  • Fever with Cough – a fever of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit plus a cough could indicate a virus that needs attention from a medical provider. Please call your healthcare provider.
  • Shortness of Breath – difficulty breathing especially if it affects talking or walking, feeling of tightness in the chest, wheezing, blue/dusky color around lips or beds of nails. This could be serious, please call your healthcare provider or 911.
  • Eyes – thick with mucus, pus draining, pink eye. With pink eye you may see white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness.
  • Chronic Cough and/or green nasal discharge – These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
    Sore throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. With Strep throat, the child may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics.
  • Diarrhea – three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period
  • Vomiting – two or more times in a 24 hour period 

Contact:

Amanda Moran RN, BSN, CSN
Nurse, Deer Lakes High School
E:  amoran@deerlakes.net
P: 724.265.5320 Ext. 2700

Angel DeRiso RN, BSN
Nurse, Deer Lakes Middle School
E: aderiso@deerlakes.net
P: 724.265.5310 Ext. 3681

Missy Scanga RN, BSN
Nurse, East Union Int. Center
E: mscanga@deerlakes.net
P: 724.265-5330 Ext. 4681

Lisa Bowen RN, BSN, CSN
Nurse, Curtisville Primary Center
E: lbowen@deerlakes.net
P: 724.265.5340 Ext. 5681
 

Health Facts

Immunization Requirements

Required Screenings

Medication Administration

Health and Wellness - Resources

Individualized Health Plans

Dental Health