Our health room is supported by Annie Englemann, BVSD Nurse and staffed by Katie Olson, a trained paraeducator and who is trained in first aid. When a student is not feeling well at school, the health room staff will determine the extent of injury or illness and decide if the parent should be called. Except in cases involving emergency medical procedures, the primary responsibility for transporting injured or ill students will be with the student’s parents or those individuals listed on the Student Infinite Campus record. When a parent is called to pick up a student due to illness, please make every attempt to do this within 30 minutes, as there is limited space in the health room to care for ill students.
Medications of any kind, including over-the-counter medications, will be administered only with the written order of a physician. It is the parent’s responsibility to obtain from the school’s health room the Parent’s Request for Giving Medicine at School, Release Agreement and Physician’s Signed Order form and to provide the medication in a container appropriately labeled by a pharmacy. Whenever possible, parents are encouraged to have the student’s medication given at times other than school hours.
Role of the School Nurse
The goal of the School Nurse is to work closely with parents, health care providers, school staff and others to coordinate the health care of the student and the school community. School Nurses also provide direct health services to students and as needed, train and delegate to unlicensed personnel who work with students identified as having complex medical needs.
School Nurses develop health care plans to ensure the safety of students with significant health concerns, ensure immunizations are compliant with State law, assist with screenings and provide overall health guidance at school. School Nurses are an integral part of the Special Education Team and are responsible for a portion of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that pertains to the students' health and participate in developing IEP accommodations related to health needs. This includes the responsibility for students needing 504 plans written in accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act for a medical reason.
Role of the Health Room Staff
All schools have a Health Room staff person who carries out health-related duties during the day. Other staff members help fill this role in their absence. The Health Services Department provides oversight of Health Room staff and other unlicensed school personnel who are trained to respond to the immediate health needs of students. Typically, Health Room staff and other staff members are not medical professionals but all have First Aid/CPR and AED training.
Please contact your school nurse or health room if you have questions or if your student has health needs. You can also visit the BVSD Health Services page for information about immunizations, medications, health forms and other district health policies.