Welcome to the Health Room at GMS!
Meet The Nurse!
My name is Amanda Mitchell, school nurse at GMS. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Bethel College in 2005. I started my nursing career in the NICU. I have also worked Family Practice, Pre-op, and Pain Mangament. I always knew my nursing career would lead to School Nursing. I love being a nurse and caring for people. This is my first year at GMS and I am very excited to get to know the students and hope to have a fun & healthy school year!
Children that become, or complain of being ill at school, will be assessed by the school nurse with consideration of Kansas Statute 65-122. Our goal is to keep children in the classroom. However, if a child has made several complaints, does not appear well, or has a temperature of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or above with any symptoms of nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, or rash, they will be sent home. A child will be sent home with a temperature of 100 degrees or above whether they have additional symptoms or not.
ANY CHILD SENT HOME with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea must be kept home for a minimum of an additional 24 hours AFTER the last fever, or episode of vomiting or diarrhea. They must remain symptom free without the use of fever reducers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen), or anti-nausea/diarrheal medications! It often takes at least this amount of time for the body to rid itself of viruses, and it is our goal to keep the exposure to healthy children and staff at a minimum.
Other circumstance in which a parent would be contacted to pick up their child:
Pink Eye- students with pink eye shall be excluded from school until 24 hours after treatment has started
Head Lice- students will be sent home and will not be allowed to ride the bus or return to class until checked and cleared by the school nurse
*Please follow the district’s new COVID guidelines for keeping your student home and what is needed for follow-up to return to school. That information can be found here: https://www.goddardusd.com/278168_2
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL: Please instruct your child to bring any medications immediately to their School Nurse. Students may carry some meds with the proper documentation and preapproval arranged by the school nurse and a parent.
PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED AT SCHOOL IF A WRITTEN ORDER IS PROVIDED AND SIGNED BY BOTH THE PHYSICIAN AND THE PARENT Both medication and paperwork must be sent to school with the medicine in the original prescription container showing the current expiration and dispensing dates. All prescription medications must have a pharmacy label. It is recommended that prescription medications be kept in the health room, but arrangements can be made for students to carry depending on circumstances and medication. Please contact the School Nurse with any questions. (Link for prescription form https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/236/gd-67-medicationpolicy-record.pdf)
OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES – a dated and signed note, or signed Form GD-76, or signed Form GD-67b from the parent/guardian must come to school with the medication. It needs to include how may days the medicine is to be given. For chronic conditions (such as frequent headaches) where OTC meds are needed throughout the school year, you may write that the med is to be available to the child “all school year”. ALL MEDS MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINERS AND NOT BE EXPIRED. (Link for forms: https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/236/gd-67-medicationpolicy-record.pdf or https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/236/gd-67bselfadminmeds_3.pdf)
Students May Carry Some Medications such as ibuprofen/tylenol (non-prescription), cough drops or antacids (ex. tums) with them during the school day. Any student carrying medication MUST first bring the medication to the School Nurse for approval AND have a permit to self carry signed by a parent and on file with the Nurse. (Link for form: https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/236/gd-67bselfadminmeds_3.pdf)
Diabetic Medication & Flowsheet – Please have your child’s physician complete, sign, and return this form each year, along with their detailed care plans. The parent/guardian must also sign the form before returning to the School Nurse. Please remember when sending medications to the school to include all emergency medications, as well as fast-acting carbs for hypoglycemic episodes, and glucagon for emergencies. (Link for form: https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/236/gd-67a-medicationpolicy-diabetic.pdf)
If your child has received immunizations in the past year (including COVID-19), please send a copy of their records to the school. The records may be hand-delivered to the office, may be faxed to the school at 316-794-4254, or may be scanned and emailed as an attachment to the nurse at email@example.com.
K.A.R. 28-1-20 defines immunizations required for any student who attends a public school. An education link is provided here, which defines standards, including new requirements. https://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolInfo.htm
October 1st is the mandated exclusion date for students in our district who are not in compliance with Kansas state requirements for immunizations for the 2021-22 school year. The School Nurse will be notifying you by email, then mail, then phone call, if this affects your student. Missing immunizations must be brought up-to-date by October 1st or your student will be excluded from school until the immunizations are complete/in compliance. You will be called to pick your student up from school on October 1st if they do not have records documenting necessary immunizations turned in to the School Nurse by that date.
All incoming 7th grade students are now required to have a meningococcal immunization (MCV4) in addtion to the required TdaP immunization. The state began requiring meningitis (MCV4) immunization for incoming 7th graders on 08/01/2019. 7th grade students must have records of both the MCV4 and TdaP immunizations in order to be compliant with state requirements.
VISION & HEARING SCREENINGS
Every new student to the district will have hearing and vision screens updated during the current school year. All eighth grade students will be screened for vision in January, fulfilling a state requirement. Parents/guardians of students not passing these tests will be sent a letter of referral, to which they must respond. Referrals may be returned to the School Nurse with a signature of acknowledgement, via fax, or via email. Please contact the School Nurse if you would prefer your child not participate in screenings.
Please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns!
My door is always open!
Amanda Mitchell, RN,BSN