Welcome to Barnard Academy’s Health Office Webpage
My name is Rachel Eggum and I am a registered nurse. I began my nursing career at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. My first nursing job as a LPN was a school nurse. Went back to Vermont Tech and graduated from the RN program and worked at a family health office in Woodstock. I recently transitioned back into school nursing. I am currently in school to obtain my Bachelor’s degree through Vermont Tech. I enjoy being outside on the warm summer days. Recently started cross country skiing to try and enjoy the cold days.
When Should My Child Stay Home?
KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF:
*they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, be sure that they stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours.
* they have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours
*Call your health care provider if symptoms worsen or do not improve.
To stay healthy, please remind your child to:
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
*Wash their hands well and often with soap and water.
*Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
*Cover their mouth/nose with their elbow if they have to cough/sneeze.
*Keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth so that germs don’t have a way in.
These actions are our best defense against transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Our goal is to minimize the spread of germs and keep our students, staff and their families healthy! Thank you for all your help.
BA staff follows the Food Allergy Action Plans set forth by individual medical caregivers and medical specialists. Due to severe life-threatening food allergies, Barnard Academy has adopted being peanut and egg free.
Any products containing peanuts or eggs (quiche, mayo, hard boiled eggs) are not permitted at Barnard Academy. We understand that this may be difficult to accomplish with children needing protein or specific items being their favorite food, but it is important for the safety of those children who suffer from these allergies to refrain from possible allergen exposure. There are alternatives to peanut butter such as sunbutter, wow butter, and others. Viable sources of protein include yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, turkey, chicken and fish.
Per doctors’ orders, we also have specific areas/tables in specific classrooms and the Green Mountain room that are designated peanut, egg, and tree nut free, even though we don’t expect peanut and egg products to come in to the school. These tables get an extra stringent cleaning.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Eggum.
Hearing and Vision Screenings:
Hearing and vision screenings are performed on students in PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade.
When a child visits their PCP typically a vision and hearing screening is performed annually. If there are any concerns regarding your childs vision or hearing I am happy to perform a screening and pass along the information gathered. Parents also have the right to have their child opt out of screenings if requested.
If your child has been diagnosed with a concussion by their provider please bring a note from the PCP laying out specific guidelines such as ‘please excuse the student from school on dates that they were absent proceeding their concussion, no gym, no recess, and no electronics. The letter should also state when the child may return to school and contact activities. The school nurse is responsible for passing this information along to teachers, principal and secretary. If the incident occurs on a day that the school nurse is not here the responsibility falls onto the principal or teacher leader in the absence of the principal.
Whenever possible, student medication should be administered at home. However, there are times when it is either necessary or preferable for medication to be administered at school. Whereas the elementary, middle, and high schools may have some procedural differences due to the age and maturity of the students, the overlaying policy is the same.
It is strongly recommended that the school nurse is kept aware of all medication(s) a student is taking. This information will be kept confidential unless a school official or teacher has a legitimate educational need to know, as set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The school nurse or his/her specifically trained designee will dispense all medication.
Long-term prescription medication that is to be administered on a daily or “as needed” basis through the school health office must have both a written order by a physician and written permission from a parent or guardian. Changes in this order must be written by the physician. Long-term prescription medication must be renewed each year.
Short-term prescription medication should be accompanied by written permission from the parent or guardian, and be in the original prescription container.
Non-prescription (over the counter) medication must also be accompanied by a note from a parent or guardian giving permission for the medication to be administered. A physician order is not necessary. Non-prescription medication must also be in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy.
Non-Prescription Medication – At the Discretion of the School Nurse
The Vermont Boards of Medical Practice and Nursing regarding the administration of non-prescription medication states: “While providing nursing care, the utilization of non-prescription medication is within the scope of practice of the Registered Nurse.” (26 VSA 1572E and 26 VSA 1311). In the elementary school, the school nurse or classroom teacher will obtain permission from a parent if a student may need medication at school.
All medication must be brought to the school in its original, properly labeled container by the parent or guardian and handed to the admin. asst. or the principal unless other arrangements have been made. Most pharmacists will divide the medication into two labeled containers, one for school and one for home. Only the amount needed for use in school may be brought. Controlled medications will be counted when they are brought in.
Self-Administered Prescription Medication
Students who have learned to self-administer their medication correctly (for chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes) can do this at school at the discretion of the school nurse or the staff responsible for the student at the time
The state of Vermont requires all students to be vaccinated per state guidelines. Click this link to see the immunization chart.
Students may be exempt from vaccinations due to medical, religious, or moral beliefs. Click here for the necessary documents.
If the student is on a catch-up schedule for vaccinations click this link to be filled out by the health office.
All forms listed above can be faxed to Barnard Academy at 234-9641 attention school nurse.