Nurse's Office

  • Visit the Nurse

    Students- if you feel you need to see the nurse please click on the visit the nurse button above and complete the form and then I will either come to your classroom or call your teacher to have you sent to me.

     

     

    Flu Shot Clinic for Students:

    Southwest Middle School will be offering a voluntary “flu shot” (influenza vaccine) clinic at school on Wednesday, October 19th, from 1-2:30 pm. The influenza vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent getting “the flu” - a respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness. The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will be administering the vaccines. These flu shots are available for Southwest Middle School students and staff.

    If you would like your student to be vaccinated during our clinic, please complete the authorization form (see link below). Please complete a separate authorization form for each student to be vaccinated. Call nurse Jacobs if you need a paper copy of the authorization sent home with your student.

    https://www.vnastl.com/_files/ugd/f0b46b_d8302ed3d6fb4c49a750ef096bc180f6.pdf

    There is no cost for a child to receive the vaccine if they have either Medicaid, no health insurance, or any of the following health insurance coverage: Aetna; Anthem - Blue Cross and Blue Shield (no EPOs); Cigna (no EPOs); Coventry; Essence; Healthlink; Humana; United Health Care- including Allsavers, Golden Rule, UMR and GEHA; Medicare Part B.  If a child has health insurance and it is not one of the above plans, then the cost is $22.00 for the quadrivalent flu shot or $25.00 if you need the preservative-free vaccine. Checks should be made out to the VNA or you may send the exact cash amount- no change is available. 

    The authorization form (see the link or your student can pick up a copy from the nurse’s office), a copy of your health insurance card, and payment, when applicable, must be turned in to the nurse by Thursday, October 13th so that we can give the VNA an accurate count of how many vaccines we will need.

    If you have any questions, contact Nurse Jacobs at 314-415-7329.

     

    Health Issues and Coronavirus Updates

    Students should stay home from school if they have had any of the following symptoms:

    • New cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat 
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
    • Body aches
    • Headache
    • Fever of 100 or higher in the past 24 hours
    • Undiagnosed rash accompanied by fever or itching

    Please notify Nurse Jacobs if your student or another family member has a positive COVID-19 test or a medically diagnosed presumptive case. Please feel free to contact me with any issues or questions. 

    If your child has been diagnosed with another contagious disease (such as influenza or strep) or has a health issue that may affect school performance (such as a concussion), please notify the nurse.

     

    Parkway School District Medication Administration Policy

     Middle school students are NOT allowed to carry and self-administer any medications, including over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Advil, allergy medications, eye drops, etc. The only exceptions: students may carry an asthma inhaler or an EpiPen if they have the proper paperwork and approval from the school nurse.

     Medications (over-the-counter or prescription) brought for the School Nurse to administer must be in the original bottle or a prescription bottle and must include written requests and/or orders that state the name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, schedule of administration, indications for administering and prescriber’s name.

     Over-The-Counter Medication:  Per School Board Policy, we must have written authorization from a parent/guardian and a physician to administer over-the-counter medications. See the Authorization to Administration Medication Form in the Medication Administration tab to the left. For over-the-counter medication use for 5 days or less, a parent can authorize this without a physician per dosage directions on the bottle- see the Authorization to Administer Short-Term Over-The-Counter Medication Form in the Medication at School Tab to the left.

     Prescription Medication: Per School Board Policy, we must have written authorization from a parent/guardian and a physician. See the Authorization to Administration Medication Form in the Medication at School tab to the left.

    School nurses do not administer homeopathics, supplements, or vitamins per Parkway policy.

     See Medication at School to the left for copies of the parent authorization and physician authorization forms. 

     

    Nurse Shanda Jacobs 

    Shanda Jacobs, APRN, NCSN, FNP-BC

    Nationally Certified School Nurse
    Parkway Southwest Middle School
    Phone 314-415-7329
    Fax 314-415-7311