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Department of School Health
Columbia County School District
Lisa Whitlock BSN RN NCSN
Director of School Health
lisa.whitlock@ccboe.net
4781 Hereford Farm Road
Evans GA 30809
706.541.4090
 
FREE COVID-19 testing with the East Central Public Health Department.
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Immunization UPDATE:
The Georgia Department of Public Health has delayed the new 11-grade vaccination requirement of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4) until school year 2021/2022. 
However, please keep you child's vaccinations up to date! Visit the Immunization link more information of the GA Vaccination Schedule for school attendance.
 
 

Protect yourself from COVID-19 when picking up a prescription or other medicines:

️ Call in prescription orders ahead of time.

️ Try to make one trip, picking up all medicine at the same time.

️ Use drive-thru windows, curbside services, mail-order, or other delivery services.

️ Check to see if you can get extra doses of your medicines so you do not have to visit the pharmacy as often.

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 Research shows that students with untreated vision, hearing, dental, and/or nutrition problems do not perform well academically in school:
  • Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic disease in children—5 times more frequent than asthma and 7 times more than hay fever.
  • Children with poor oral health are almost 3 times more likely than their counterparts to miss school because of dental pain.
  • Visual functioning significantly predicts academic performance in school-age children.
  • The prevalence rate of visual impairment in children under the age of 18 is 25 per 1,000.
  • 14.9 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 have a hearing loss that is significant enough to put them at risk of failing at least one grade level.
  • Studies have found that access to nutrition and exercise can enhance a student’s psycho-social well-being, reduce aggression, decrease discipline problems, and improve academic outcomes.
 
 

Five Ways a School Nurse Benefits the School

  1. Attendance - School nurses improve attendance through health promotion, disease prevention and disease management. Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the student illness- or injury-related early releases from school where no school nurse is present. 
  2. Academics – Improved attendance means the healthy student is in the classroom and ready to learn. School Nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to reducing drop-out rates.
  3. Time – School nurses save time for principals, teachers and staff. A school nurse in the building saves principals, teachers, and clerical staff a considerable amount of time that they would have spent addressing health concerns of students.
    A school nurse in the building saves:
    • Principals almost an hour a day
    • Teachers almost 20 minutes a day
    • Clerical staff over 45 minutes a day
     
  4. Staff Wellness - School nurses improve the general health of staff. According to school reports, principals, teachers, and clerical staff are VERY satisfied with having school nurses in their schools for several reasons:
    • Teachers can focus on teaching
    • Office staff spend less time calling parents and sending students home

    • Healthy staff means increased attendance and productivity

     
     
  5. Accountability - School nurses help schools stay accountable. Promoting compliance with federal and state law mitigates lawsuits
    • Advocating for adequate staffing aligns with Healthy People 2020 recommendations of the ratio of one school nurse per 750 well students
    • Preparing for emergencies saves lives and property
    • Addressing student mental health links to academic achievement
                                       
  • Illness Prevention

A top priority of the CCSD is the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and community. Prevention is key to stopping the spread of germs that cause illness. Here's how you can help:

Parents should monitor their children's health, and if they suspect a fever, conduct a screening at home with a simple home thermometer. If a child has a fever, he or she should not return to school until fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

  • Wash hands frequently, preferably using soap and water. Hand sanitizer is a second choice.
  • Due to the quick spread of coronavirus, parents should contact their local healthcare provider to establish a course of action should their child come down with illness. 

As we are already in flu season, housekeeping staff in all school buildings are being asked to take extended measures with sanitizing high-touch areas like doorknobs and desktops, in addition to daily, routine cleaning and sanitizing measures already in place.

The CCSD encourages parents, students, and staff to be aware of the symptoms of illness and not to report to school if they experience fever, along with any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sometimes Diarrhea and Vomiting

Students or staff who experience any fever will be sent home and not allowed to return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Students and staff should not report to school when running a fever.

We will continue to follow the direction of the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Georgia Department of Health

Flu prevention information