Health Services

Health Services

COVID-19 PROCEDURAL NEWS

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Spread of COVID-19 is currently happening in our community. 
Thank you for continuing to practice healthy habits to help keep yourself and others safe to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and schools.  What happens in our community impacts learning for students in our schools.

Public Health Prevention Strategies to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19:

  • Wearing a facial covering/mask indoors
  • Avoiding face touching if hands have not been cleaned
  • Physical distancing when possible
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Hand sanitizing (with a sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol) when soap/water are not available
  • Covering sneezes with a tissue or inner elbow, and throw used tissues in trash receptacle
  • Staying home when not feeling well (see Home Health Screenings below)
  • Regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces
  • Not sharing materials
Home Health Screenings
It is imperative that parents/guardians screen their children for illness/symptoms before coming to school each day and take appropriate action in not sending their child to school sick. If a student is using over-the-counter medications to control a headache or fever, they should not be in school.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and seek guidance from a primary health care provider.

Per the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache*
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat*
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting*
  • Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Chardon Schools head nurse, Chelsie Jackson, [SCROLL DOWN for CONTACT INFO] or the Geauga County Health Department at 440.279.1900. Also for answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov
OVERVIEW of HILLTOPPER HEALTH SERVICES

Our Staff – Each school building is staffed with a registered nurse (RN) who is also certified/licensed by the Ohio Department of Education in school nursing.

headshot photo of Mrs. Chelsie jackson, BSN, RN, LSN - Chardon Schools Head Nurse

Chelsie Jackson, BSN, RN, LSN
[email protected]
Chardon Local Schools ~ Head Nurse
Chardon Early Learning Center ~ School Nurse

(ph) 440.286.0470
Park Elementary ~ School Nurse
(ph) 440.286.0481
(fax) 440.286.0484

staff photo of Jennifer Fay, BSN, RN - Chardon Schools Nurse [photo credit:  Pastor Photography]

Jennifer Fay, BSN, RN
[email protected]
Chardon Middle ~ School Nurse
(ph) 440.286.0457

(fax) 440.286.0461
staff photo of Sarah Park, Chardon Schools Nurse [photo credit:  Pastor Photography]

Sarah Park, BSN, RN
[email protected]
Chardon High ~ School Nurse
(ph) 440.286.0418
(fax) 440.285.9463

Munson Elementary ~ School Nurse
(ph) 440.286.0490
(fax) 440.286.3460

Our Health Services — Chardon Local Schools nurses offer a variety of services to students. These services include health screenings; first aid; illness and injury evaluation; identification of communicable diseases/conditions; vision, hearing and postural screenings; medication monitoring and administration; health counseling; and presentation/teaching of health topics. 


State Law Immunization Requirements for School Attendance – Ohio state law requires students to be adequately immunized against many communicable diseases in order to attend school. See the Ohio Department of Health's immunization requirements for school attendance in the links below.

                                 
Nurse Chelsie Jackson at Park Elementary School in the 2020-21 school year involved in vision screening with two students.
HEALTH SCREENINGS 
Chardon Schools follows Ohio Department of Health requirements and recommendations for health screenings. 

Vision Screening - Includes testing for distance acuity, muscle balance, stereopsis, and color vision. Mandated grade levels for vision screening are preschool, KDG, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.

Hearing Screening - Includes pure-tone air conduction testing.  Mandated grade levels for hearing screening at preschool, KDG, 1, 3, 5, 9, and 11.

Postural Screening - Includes a visual inspection of the spine for abnormal conditions, including scoliosis (S-shaped curve), kyphosis (hump back) and lordosis (sway back). Screenings will be done during PhysEd classes for selected grade levels.

FLUORIDE PROGRAM
A free fluoride mouthrinse program, sponsored by Ohio Department of Health and Northeast Ohio Dental Hygienists Association, is available to all elementary students. Fluoride is an effective preventative treatment for dental cavities in children. Parental permission is required for participation in this program. 
 
ILLNESS
When is my child sick enough to miss school? It is often difficult to make this judgment call, both for parents and school nurses. Below are guidelines school nurses use when determining when to send students home. These same guidelines may be useful to parents in deciding when to keep a child home in the morning.

• Fever of 100 degrees or higher (without fever reducing medication)
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Contagious-looking disease that requires exclusion from school per Ohio Department of Health guidelines (see Communicable Diseases chart)
• Injury that requires prompt medical evaluation (i.e., fracture)
• Best judgment

PROTECT YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH
Education is key to keeping your child healthy. Teach your child to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after toileting and before eating or food preparation. Teach you child that most harmful germs enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth and that it is important to keep their hands away from their face. Discourage sharing of personal items and encourage use and proper disposal of tissue. These simple practices can have a big impact on both the health of your child and your child’s school attendance.

REPORTING AN ABSENCE

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Parents/Guardians:  To report your student's absence due to COVID or other illness/reason, please call 440.285.4052 and follow the instructions provided by the automated system.  

REPORTING A POSITIVE COVID CASE

If your student has a positive COVID test result:
Step 1:
Please report the absence on the Chardon Schools attendance phone line as described above.  
Step 2:
2. Please also email your school's nurse or the head district nurse (see school nurse email addresses listed on this page). You will be asked your student's last day in the school setting, when symptoms began, and what day your student tested positive. You will then be provided with an estimated return to school date.
Step 3:
3. The health department will contact you and also review the same details and discuss quarantine dates.
MEDICATION at SCHOOL
The Chardon Board of Education has adopted a use of medications policy and emergency medications policy for ALL medications, prescription and non-prescription, given at school. Please become familiar with the above-linked policies. All medications must be transported to and from school by a parent or adult. (See Medication Permission and Allergy EAP forms below.)

SCHOOL HEALTH FORMS
The medication permission form is required for all medications — both prescription and non-prescription — given at school.
Allergy EAP Form
The allergy emergency action plan (EAP) is required together with the above medication permission form for all emergency allergy medications.
The Ohio Department of Education's Child Medical Statement
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