School Health Central

Little Miami School Nurses

Jessi Knochel RN, BSN           Michelle Sedlatscheck, RN, BS
Clinic Nurse - Salem 3 & 4   Clinic Nurse - Salem PreK & K  
899-5275 ext. 45470    899-5275 ext. 45463  
Wendy Gordon   Jodie Reynolds  
Clinic Nurse - Harlan-Butlerville   Clinic Nurse - Hamilton-Maineville  
899-5200 ext. 35431   899-4760 ext. 40428  
Kelly Simmerman, RN       Candace Jones, RN  
Clinic Nurse - Intermediate   Clinic Nurse - Junior High  
899-2334 ext. 30418   899-3408 ext. 25429  
Deborah Smith, RN      
Clinic Nurse - High School      
899-3781 ext. 20402      

School nurses are available daily to our students and staff to provide first aid, illness care, psycho social support, health screenings, and programs for disease prevention and health promotion.

All district nurses maintain current CPR and First Aid training as. Several nurses also maintain Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification through the American Heart Association. 

When do I keep my student home?

With cold and flu season upon us, please keep the following guidelines in mind when deciding whether or not to send your child to school. This will help to control the spread of infectious diseases at school and allow your child to be available for learning. (Flu informational handout)

Students should remain home for the following reasons:

  • For a temperature greater than 100 degrees. Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and not taking fever reducing medication to control symptoms.
  • Children that have been vomiting or have had diarrhea must remain home until the vomiting or diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours.
  • If diagnosed with a strep infection. Students need to be on an antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hours, fever free, and feeling well before returning to school. Children awaiting results from a throat culture must remain at home until a negative result is known.
  • If your child has a heavy, moist productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage.
  • Has red, inflamed eyes, persistent irritation, and or thick/discolored eye drainage. If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis), they need to have completed 24 hours of medication, and have no visible redness or discharge before returning to school.

Please also do not send your child to school if your child:

  • Complains of a severe headache, stomachache or other severe pain
  • Has any skin rash unless it has been diagnosed by a physician as non-infectious

By staying home when they are sick, children are helping themselves recuperate and are helping their peers stay healthy. By working together, we can reduce the spread of illness.

School Health Services

A registered nurse is available each day to attend to student medical needs and to assist in creating a healthy, safe learning environment.

Generally, we do not contact parents regarding clinic visits such as scraped knees, stomach ache, need for a Band-Aid, and other minor, routine events. Examples of when we notify parents/guardians to pick the student up from school include those listed below. If we cannot reach the parents/guardians, we call the contacts the parents have listed on the student’s emergency medical form. Photo ID is required to release any student.

Fever > 100 degrees F    Contagious illness (pink eye, flu, etc.) 
Vomiting Diarrhea
Head Trauma Illness/injury/symptoms requiring medical attention

 We encourage parents to keep the building nurse and teacher aware of any health concerns to ensure the best care for your student.

Over-the-counter products that may be used in the clinic include, Eucerin hand lotion, Vaseline for chapped lips, Caladryl lotion for itchy rashes, Anbesol for mouth sores or tooth pain, cough drops and Tums for minor stomachaches are available with verbal consent by a parent/guardian. Any other prescription or over-the-counter medication requires a physician order and parent consent. See the policy that follows.

Policy for the Administration of Medication at School

We ask that medications be prescribed so that parents can administer the medication at home. If however, the student needs to take physician prescribed or over the counter medication at school, the following procedures must be followed.

  1. The Authorization for Administration of Medication by School Personnel form must be completed in full by the physician and parent and returned to the building nurse.
  2. Parent/guardian must bring the medication, in person, to the office/clinic. Students are never to carry medications to school, except for epi pens or inhalers.
  3. The medication must be in the original container in which it was dispensed by the prescribing physician/licensed pharmacist. Upon request, pharmacists will often give parents two labeled containers so they can have one for home and one for school.
  4. The medication label must state student name, name of medication, dose, time to be given and prescriber name.

Vision and hearing screenings are conducted per Ohio Department of Health guidelines at grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. A referral will be mailed home if the student fails the screening.

Please contact the building nurse if you need assistance and resources.