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All OSSU schools have a process for appraising the physical and mental health of the students and a process for providing health counseling and resources for treatment and services to students and their parents/ caregivers.   We have established a system/protocol for maintaining current Annual Health Update and Emergency forms for all students and provide all required immunization data prior to or on the day of student entry to classes.

- We encourage families to contact the School Nurse for questions.

- Children who have a dentist are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. Referral by the primary care physician or health provider has been recommended, based on risk assessment, as early as six months of age and no later than 12 months of age. The dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. 

- We seek out eligible children and inform them and their parents or guardians about the benefits of prevention, and of the health services and assistance available to them.

-School nurses are systematically assessing students for risk factors that may interfere with learning and refer if needed; nurses are working collaboratively with medical and dental home providers and help children and their families use health care resources effectively and efficiently.They assure that health problems found are diagnosed and treated early, that needed services are provided in a timely and efficient manner, and that duplicative and unnecessary services are avoided. 

- School nurses develop individual healthcare plans, based on health appraisal of the student along with the family/caregivers and the medical home if student has chronic health conditions that may impact learning, e.g. asthma, life-threatening allergies, asthma, seizures, and re-evaluate the care plan on a regular basis.  The OSSU nurses recommend American Academy of Pediatrics, Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision for Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd edition, has recommendations for annual comprehensive well-care visits to the medical home (primary care provider), for all school-age children.  https://brightfutures.aap.org/Pages/default.aspx

4/6/2020 Nurses update from OSSU Nurses.  -  Here for you if you need advice!    Traige help!     https://docs.google.com/document/d/10vNUvfhM1l_L_UHLpozbijZ7E_4-ySTM5M5nVe82pVM/edit

NURSE TRIAGE ASSISTANCE AVAILABILITY 

Hello Lakeview Families,

Hoping this day finds everyone well in such an unprecedented time in all of our lives.  We want to reach out to you all, and let you know that we have been given the go-ahead for

our availability to assist our parents/students via email on health or resource availability questions you may have, such as we normally would do with direct care at the school for everyone and assisting with local resources.   Since we must work within our Scope of Practice as Vermont nurses, we will provide you with guidelines and direction on your questions, and if necessary, refer you to your Primary Care Provider for further instructions.  We can also link you up with any resources that are available locally for assistance.

****If it is an emergency, please call 911****

We will periodically check our email and respond to you as soon as possible.  Please contact your specific school nurse as listed below for concerns: 

Hazen - Betty Stewart, RN Mary Ellen Johns, LNA

bstewart@ossu.org mjohns@ossu.org   472-2773

Hardwick Elementary - Andrea Dobson, RN

adobson@ossu.org  472-2593

Craftsbury, Wolcott & Cindy Doerr, LPN

Woodbury - cdoerr@ossu.org

Craftsbury - 586-2541 x2405

Woodbury - 472-2801 x2801

Wolcott - 472-6551 x 2856

Lakeview - Tammy Preston, RN

tpreston@ossu.org

533-7066 x2476 OR 472-2476 direct line