OVERVIEW of HILLTOPPER HEALTH SERVICES
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.
Chelsie Jackson, BSN, RN, LSN
Chardon Local Schools ~ Head Nurse
Chardon Early Learning Center ~ School Nurse
Park Elementary ~ School Nurse
Jennifer Fay, BSN, RN
Chardon Middle ~ School Nurse
Sarah Park, BSN, RN
Chardon High ~ School Nurse
Munson Elementary ~ School Nurse
Our Health Services — Chardon Local Schools 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 the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Summary for Student Attendance. This summary document is dated Fall 2020 but remains up-to-date for the 2021-22 school year.
Geauga Public Health - Back to School Immunizations
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 preschool, KDG, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Hearing Screening - Includes pure-tone air conduction testing. Mandated grade levels for hearing screening at preschool, KDG, 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 PhysEd classes for selected grade levels.
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 judgment 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 chart)
• 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.