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Nurse / Health Services

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Nurse / Health Services


Mission Statement

The Health Services Department will commit all of its human and material resources to increase the number of students who are ready to learn, to support teachers in creating environments which sustain the learning readiness of students, and to assist all students in maximizing their personal levels of physical, social, and emotional wellness. We are partners in this most important work with families, district staff and community supporters.

Student Health Services meets this commitment by providing a comprehensive program of services that encompasses prevention, early detection, and remediation of health problems by providing health services, health education, and a healthy environment.


Wendy Supanchick, RN, BSN
Health Services Supervisor

Alma McNamee, RN, BSN, MSHCA

Certified School Nurse Services provided by NEWESD 101 School Nurse Corps Schools served: Chattaroy –day varies Email Address: ten.101dse@eemancma

Additional Information

With warm weather on its way to Eastern Washington, residents should expect the number of ticks to rise. Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) urges people to take simple precautions to avoid being bitten this spring, summer and early fall.  SRHD says, “Avoid spending time in wooded areas with high grass and leaf litter, and stay on trails whenever possible.” As we know that is hard to do when we live and play in the woods, so here are some tips for when you are out and about.PREVENTION:Wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants; the light coloring will make ticks easier to see. Use a tick repellent containing at least 20% DEET to protect exposed skin. Products containing permethrin can be used to treat clothing, footwear and gear. When returning from outdoor activities, carefully examine people, pets and the indoor environment for ticks.TREATMENT:If you discover a tick attached to your skin, it is important to remove it quickly. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Avoid removing the tick with bare hands. Don't twist or jerk the tick, which may cause the mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the parts with tweezers if possible.After removing the tick, disinfect the area and wash your hands. Note the date that you found the tick attached to you in case you get sick. If you develop a fever, rash, or aches and pains within a month, let your health care provider know that you were bitten by a tick. This information may help your provider diagnose your illness.Although you may be tempted to do so, do not squish the tick! Ticks carrying diseases may transmit the disease through your skin upon coming in contact with the tick's bodily fluids. Proper disposal of a tick entails placing the tick in a jar with alcohol.For more information about ticks, visit the Washington State Department of Health(

Back-to-school health and safety tips

The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).


Is your child registered? When is the first day of school? What time does school start? What time is lunch? Can your child buy it at school, and how much will it cost? Will she need a snack? Have you filled out all the health forms or emergency contact forms that have been sent home? Have any new health problems developed in your child over the summer that will affect her school day? Does the school nurse know about this condition, or is an appointment set up to discuss it? If your child needs to take medication at school on the first day, have arrangements been made for this? Does your youngster know where she is going after school (e.g., home, babysitter)? Does she know how she will get there? If you will not be there when she arrives, does she know who will be responsible for her, what the rules are, and how to get help in an emergency?


Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her memory about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time. Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus. If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.


Choosing the right backpack. Look for the following:

Wide, padded shoulder straps – Narrow straps can dig into shoulders. This can cause pain and restrict circulation. Padded back – A padded back protects against sharp edges on objects inside the pack and increases comfort. To prevent injury when using a backpack, do the following:

Pack light. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight. Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles. Wearing a backpack on one shoulder may increase curvature of the spine. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. Use a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried upstairs. And they may be difficult to roll in snow. For additional information:


If possible, give your teen three months’ notice before an upcoming move, so that he has time to absorb the news and get used to the idea. Explain the reason for relocating. Familiarize your child with her new neighborhood or home town ahead of time. If it’s within driving distance, give him several grand tours. Emphasize the positive aspects of the move. Contact the school your teenager will be attending. If you live nearby, arrange a day and time to visit. Some schools have established a “buddy system” to help newly transferred students adjust socially.


If your child is avoiding school, and has anxiety about returning:

Talk to your child about why he doesn’t want to go to school. Contact the principal, guidance counselor and school nurse, and make them aware of the situation. After you’ve taken steps to rectify the upsetting circumstances, insist that your child return to school immediately. Severe phobias may require a gradual reentry to school. After five days of anxiety-related absences from school, it’s time to visit your pediatrician.


Review the basic bus safety rules with your youngster:

Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb. Do not move around on the bus. Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing. Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.


Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy. Set aside ample time for homework. Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time. Be available to answer questions and offer assistance. But never do a child’s homework for her. To help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying, it’s recommended that youngsters close the books for 10 minutes every hour and go do something else. If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren’t able to help her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child’s teacher first.


Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home. With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat. Schools will be stocking vending machines with healthier choices. Talk with your child about making healthy choices when purchasing snacks. Vending machines choices can also be modified to eliminate high-fat and empty-calorie munchies and provide healthy snacks that include more fresh fruit and low-fat dairy products, as well as water and 100 percent fruit juice instead of sodas. Each 12-ounce soft drink contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories. Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%. Restrict your child’s soft drink consumption.


During middle childhood, youngsters need supervision. A responsible adult should be available to get them ready and off to school in the morning and watch over them after school until you return home from work. Children approaching adolescence (the 11-and 12-year olds) should not come home to an empty house in the afternoon unless they show unusual maturity for their age. If alternative adult supervision is not available, parents should make special efforts to supervise their children from a distance. Children should have a set time when they are expected to arrive at home and should check in with a neighbor or with a parent by telephone. When evaluating child-care options, determine whether other family members can handle these responsibilities. For example, does a grandparent or other relative live nearby, and is he or she available and willing to help? If you choose a commercial after-school program, inquire about the training of the staff. There should be a high staff-to-child ratio, and the rooms and the playground should be safe.


Set limits on the amount of TV your child watches. Be firm. Limit children’s TV viewing to an hour or two daily. Hide the remote. Eliminate channel surfing which encourages passive viewing. Keep TV’s out of your youngster’s bedroom. Children should watch their favorite shows in a central area of the home. Whenever possible, record programs and watch them later. Fast forwarding through commercials will shave ten minutes off of every hour of TV viewing. Discourage repeated viewings of the same video. The graphic language, violence and sexual content of movies rated PG-13 and R can have a cumulative effect on a child if they’re watched over and over again. Harness the power of television in a positive way. TV can be a valuable tool for learning and expanding one’s awareness of the world. Make use of ratings systems to know whether or not a program or movie is appropriate for your child.

Organization Links for Parents

Disease and Organization Links 

There is much information available to help protect your child’s learning from being impacted by health concerns.  We want to work with you to help your child at school.  Contact your school nurse if you have any concerns that need to be addressed.

These resources are available on the internet.  Inclusion of these resources on this web page does not represent endorsement by the Riverside School District.

Medical Resources

Professional Links

Diseases and Prevention

Professional Organizations

National Association of School Nurses The National Association of School Nurses improves the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance school nursing practice. Position statements and links are available.

School Nurse Web Sites

Special Health Needs

School Health Forms


Medication Request Form/Medication Orders
If your child requires medications daily or as needed at school, please have your licensed health care provider fill out a medication request form.

Self-Medication_FormSelf-Medication Form
For non-prescription medications for a temporary 14 day period

Allergy History and Emergency Care plans.

Asthma history and emergency care plan

Certificate Immunization Status Form 348-013

School Chart 2013-2014 Form 348-051