Student Health Services

The Corvallis School District has two full-time nurses on staff to provide nursing services to our schools.  

Two registered nurses are employed full time in order to implement students’ physician-directed health care plans and care for ill, medically fragile and/or injured students. They ensure district’s health care practices comply with state laws and serve as a health care resource to teachers, staff and administrators. They also facilitate vision and dental screenings at all schools and assist students in getting dental and vision services as needed.  
The district nurses visit schools regularly to provide training and to support staff with student health issues.
The district nurses are split between schools as follows:  Denise Diller - CVS, Cheldelin, Franklin, Hoover, Lincoln, Mt. View and Wilson.  Trish Pokrzywa - CHS, LPMS, Adams, Garfield, Jefferson and College Hill High/Wings.

District Health Policies

In an effort to keep our students as healthy as possible to ensure optimum learning, and in accordance with state laws, the district has established a number of health-related policies and procedures. These policies are broadly described in the annual Student-Parent Handbook and also can be read in their entirety by clicking on the link to 509J Health Policies in the right column. 


Among the issues addressed in the district’s health policies are communicable diseases; the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; emergency medical treatment; immunizations; medicine at school; the management of head lice; and more. Here are brief summaries of the policies parents typically have the most questions about; however, parents should consult the Student-Parent Handbook or the district’s actual administrative policies for more details.


Immunizations
Students must be immunized against certain diseases according to state law, or they must present a certificate or statement that, for medical or religious reasons, the student should not be immunized. Any student not in compliance with Oregon statutes and rules related to immunization may be excluded from school until such time as he/she has met immunization requirements.

2013-2014 Immunization Requirements
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Medicine at School
Students are allowed to take prescription or non-prescription medication at school or at school-sponsored activities only if necessary for the student to stay in school according to the following procedures:
District-Administered Medication: Parents may request that school personnel give medicine to their child. The request must be made in writing and must include proper written instructions regarding how and when the medicine should be taken. The medicine also must be brought to the school in its original container. Medication not picked up within five school days of the end of the medication period or at the end of the school year, will be disposed of by the district.
                                                                    
                                                               Medication Authorization and Administration Form
                                          
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Self-Medication: Students may be allowed to self-administer medicine if parents submit the proper form, signed by a physician or other licensed health care professional. A building administrator must approve all self-medication requests and a district nurse also must approve requests for students in grades K-8. Students in grades K-8 can only carry self-meds if they are for immediate use such as an inhaler or Epipen. The medication must be kept in its original container and students may have in their possession only the amount of medicine needed for that school day. Sharing or borrowing medication is strictly prohibited and permission to self-medicate may be revoked if the student violates district policy.

                                                                       Self-Medication Permission Form and Agreement
                                                              
                     


Head Lice
According to current research and management policies from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, head lice are not considered a health hazard and they are not responsible for the spread of disease. Research also indicates that the normal classroom environment is not a high risk for the spread of lice.

If a student appears to have symptoms of having head lice, a private screening may be performed by the district nurse or trained staff member. If he/she is found with live head lice or nits, he/she will be discouraged from close, direct head-to-head contact with others, but may remain in school. The child's parent or guardian will be notified that prompt, effective treatment is necessary. The students will be allowed to return to school after being treated and there is no live lice found on inspection.

It is unlikely that notice would be sent home to all the students in the classroom where an active case of lice is found, unless multiple students are infested. In such a case, parents will be encouraged to check their children for head lice for the next two weeks and treat appropriately. School officials will never disclose the name(s) of the affected student(s).  Included below are links for additional information regarding head lice.



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Corvallis School District Nurses
Address: 1111 Cleveland Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330
Staff:     Denise Diller -  Phone: 541-757-4527
  Trish Pokrzywa -  Phone: 541-757-3854