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Nurse

Nursing Services at Kennedy Middle School include a full-time nurse and health assistant. The Nurse is responsible for vision and hearing screenings, as well as health assessments for students who are referred for speech and/or academic assistance. The nurse is available to educate students, parents, and staff regarding treatment of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and asthma, as well as prevention of communicable diseases. The health assistant is certified in CPR and First Aid.

  • Every attempt is made to notify parents by phone in the event of sudden injury or illness.
  • It is very important that parents update their child's emergency information card in the nurse's office.
  • The nursing staff keeps track of immunization records and will contact parents when students are in need of immunizations.
  • In order to administer prescription medication at school the nurse's office must have a current authorization form signed by the parent and child's doctor.
  • Students who are hospitalized will be readmitted to Kennedy following a parent conference with the nurse.
Covid-19 Questions and Answers

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COVID-19 Related Questions

If a student is exposed to COVID-19…

Stay home. Notify the School Nurse. Quarantine for 10 days and watch for symptoms. Get tested about day 5-7.

If a student’s family member has COVID-19…

Stay home. Notify the School Nurse.  Quarantine for 10 days from the last day of exposure (10 days starts from the last time you were around the household member and they were sick).

If a Student test tests positive for COVID-19…

Stay home. Notify the school nurse immediately for further instructions.

If a student becomes ill at school…

-If students become ill at school they will be escorted to our Cougar Den (Isolation Room), and you will be called to pick them up.

-If a student has symptoms of COVID-19 (even though they may be from allergies or a cold) they will be sent home and encouraged to get tested. Students may return if they get a negative test result and are 24 hours without fever and symptoms are improving.

-If a student does not get tested, they will need to self-isolate for the full 10 days and be symptom free before they return.

If a student returns to school after illness and find themselves feeling ill again…

Do not come to school feeling ill. If there seems to be a chronic condition happening a student may return with a negative COVID-19 test and a note from a physician stating that the symptoms being experienced, are not due to COVID-19, stating what they are due to, and explaining what the students baseline symptoms are.

If a student is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms, when can they return…

-Your student can return after they get a negative COVID-19 test, showing their symptoms are not COVID-19 related, fever free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving.

- If you choose not to get your student tested, they must isolate at home for 10 days before they return.

If a student comes back to school after being sent home ill, without having stayed home the required number of days or having a negative test result…

They will be sent back home until they have either a negative COVID-19 test or have isolated for 10 days.

If a student forgets their mask…

One will be provided to them.

 

 

If a student tells me that another student has COVID-19…

Any reported COVID-19 positive cases will be reported to the nurse and she will follow-up with the family and confirm if this is true or hearsay.

If a student has a cough and runny nose due to a cold or allergies…

Your child may get sent home for such symptoms as it is hard to differentiate between COVID-19 symptoms and many other illnesses. If this happens, I would encourage you to get proof of a negative COVID-19 test and a note from a doctor stating that the symptoms are allergies and not COVID-19.

If someone in my childs class (teacher or student) tests positive for COVID-19…

 If a teacher or student tests positive for COVID-19, the teacher and all students in the cohort will need to quarantine for 10 days. Students can email their teachers for makeup work.

If a person who is vaccinated has contact with a COVID-19 positive person…

A person who has been fully vaccinated and is asymptomatic does not need to quarantine.

If a person who has had COVID-19 has contact with a COVID-19 positive person…

A person who has had COVID-19 within the last 3 months and is asymptomatic does not need to quarantine.

If a person who has had COVID-19 has COVID-19 symptoms…

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and will be encouraged to get a COVID-19 test.