Janice Hoffmann BSN, RN, LSN
Chardon Schools Head Nurse
OVERVIEW of HEALTH SERVICES & REQUIREMENTS
Our Staff – Each school building is staffed with a registered nurse (RN) who is also certified/licensed by the Ohio Department of Education in school nursing. Elementary School nurses are in the building from 11:30 AM -3:00 PM. The Chardon Middle School and Chardon High School nurses are in the building the entire day.
Our Health Services– School nurses offer a variety of services to students. These services include health screenings; first aid; illness and injury evaluation; identification of communicable diseases/conditions; vision, hearing and postural screenings; medication monitoring and administration; health counseling; and presentation/teaching of health topics.
State Law Immunization Requirements for School Attendance – Ohio state law requires students to be adequately immunized against many communicable diseases in order to attend school. (See Immunization Requirements link below.)
Chardon Schools follows Ohio Department of Health requirements and recommendations for health screenings.
Vision Screening - Includes testing for distance acuity, muscle balance, stereopsis, and color vision. Mandated grade levels for vision screening are pre-school, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. and 11.
Hearing Screening - Includes pure-tone air conduction testing. Mandated grade levels for hearing screening at pre-school, K, 1, 3,5, 9. and 11.
Postural Screening - Includes a visual inspection of the spine for abnormal conditions including scoliosis (S-shaped curve), kyphosis (hump back) and lordosis (sway back). Screenings will be done during gym classes for selected grade levels.
MEDICATION at SCHOOL
Chardon Board of Education has adopted a medication policy for ALL medications, prescription and nonprescription, given at school. Please become familiar with this medication policy. Please note that all medications must be transported to and from school by a parent or adult. (See Medication Permission and Allergy EAP forms below.)
A free fluoride mouthrinse program, sponsored by Ohio Department of Health and Northeast Ohio Dental Hygienists Association, is available to all elementary students. Fluoride is an effective preventative treatment for dental cavities in children. Parental permission is required for participation in this program.
When is my child sick enough to miss school? It is often difficult to make this judgement call, both for parents and school nurses. Below are guidelines school nurses use when determining when to send students home. These same guidelines may be useful to parents in deciding when to keep a child home in the morning.
• Fever of 100 degrees or higher (without fever reducing medication)
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Contagious-looking disease that requires exclusion from school per Ohio Department of Health guidelines (see Communicable Diseases of Children)
• Injury that requires prompt medical evaluation (i.e., fracture)
• Best judgment
PROTECT YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH
Education is key to keeping your child healthy. Teach your child to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after toileting and before eating or food preparation. Teach you child that most harmful germs enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth and that it is important to keep their hands away from their face. Discourage sharing of personal items and encourage use and proper disposal of tissue. These simple practices can have a big impact on both the health of your child and your child’s school attendance.
SCHOOL HEALTH FORMS
For your convenience most of our school health forms are now available online. Please feel free to print these forms for your use:
Geauga Public Health will be holding Back to School Immunization clinics on January 27, 2021 and February 24, 2021. These clinics are for any child up to 18 years of age and offer childhood vaccines required for school, including Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td); Tetanus/Diphtheria (TD)/Pertussis (Tdap); Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Human Papillomavirus; MMR; Meningitis; and Varicella vaccines. Please note these are NOT
COVID vaccine clinics. For more information, please visit the following GPH Back to School Immunization Clinics Informational Document
The allergy emergency action plan (EAP) is required with the medication permission form for all emergency allergy medications.