Newmark has a full-time school nurse with years of experience caring for school aged children. As a highly valuable member of the team, the school nurse manages the general health of students, distributes medications and advises on the best practices for good hygiene and healthy nutrition.
In addition to managing daily First Aid, monitoring of student's chronic health needs and dispersing of mediation at Newmark, the school nurse is also responsible for the general health and safety of students and staff. She oversees the school-wide prevention of communicable disease programs, and has been instrumental in the daily COVID-19 screening at Newmark, including student temperature checks and providing timely CDC updates as part of ongoing parent communication.
School Nurse Role At Newmark
- Supporting Students with Special Needs
- Promoting Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs for Students and Families
- Promoting a Healthy School Environment and School Nursing Practices
Conducting Health assessments and screenings:
- Preparing sports pre-participation history and physical exam
- Assess and evaluate students daily medical needs
- Head injury and student athletes
Meeting the Needs of Students with Chronic Health Conditions:
- Medication Administration at school
- Lyme Disease
- Chronic health conditions impacting learning – ADHD, Autism, Seizure Disorder, Cystic Fibrosis, etc.
Documenting Care and Services:
- Mandated school health records
- Student health records
- Individualized Healthcare Plans
Addressing Communicable Diseases in School Setting:
- The prevention, control and management of Communicable Diseases
According to the CDC, the best protection against viral transmission is frequent handwashing.
Recommended Hygiene Practices - To minimize the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and coronavirus, the CDC recommends the following:
- Students who are ill with respiratory symptoms, flu-like illness, or diarrhea/vomiting should stay home for 24 hours fever free or without diarrhea/vomiting. Please report your child’s absence and such symptoms to our School Nurse and contact your child’s primary health care provider.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and warm water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.