Health Services

    Who are we?

    All Alma school nurses are licensed to practice in accordance with current Professional Standards of School Nursing Practice, as stated by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Each nurse serves as an advocate for children’s health and safety within the educational setting. Every school within our district has a nurse assigned to it full time.

    To better serve the students, your School Nurse has expertise in the following areas:

    • Pediatric, public health, and mental health nursing with strong health promotion, assessment, and referral skills.
    • Education and health laws impacting children
    • Teaching strategies for the delivery of health education to students and staff 

    What do we do?

    The primary role of the School Nurse is to support student learning. The nurse accomplishes this by implementing strategies that promote student and staff health and safety. As the health services expert, the School Nurse serves as the health professional for the school community and provides the following services:

    • Illness and injury assessments, interventions, and referrals
    • Identification, assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of student health concerns
    • Pediatric nursing procedures
    • Screening for health factors impacting student education. These are: Vision and Hearing screens, Scoliosis Screens, and BMI measurement according to state mandates
    • Supervision, management, and education of chronic diseases in the school setting
    • Individualized Nursing Care Plans for indicating students with disabilities and/or health conditions
    • Crisis Team participation
    • Coordination of state and county mandates and reporting guidelines
    • Wellness team participation
    • Medication Administration, supervision, and training of paraprofessionals
    • Training of staff about health-related issues

    What services do we provide?

    Including but not limited to:

    Medicine Distribution is administered according to the guidelines outlined by the School Health Services Program of the Arkansas Department of Education and includes:

    • The medication must be in the original container with the child's name on the prescription.
    • The prescription cannot be altered in any way. For example: written on.
    • No medication to be given three (3) times daily or less will be administered at school. EXCEPTION: Medication used to treat ADD/ADHD or unless specifically stated otherwise on the bottle.
    • All medication used to treat ADD/ADHD will be given during the child’s lunch break unless specifically stated differently on the prescription. The morning dose should be administered at home unless 8:00a.m. is specifically stated in the prescription.
    • No over-the-counter drugs will be given at school as school personnel are not trained to determine when medications are needed and this is a form of prescribing. If it is necessary to take over-the-counter medication at school, it must be prescribed by the student’s physician – a doctor’s note will be accepted.  A parent must then supply the school with the prescribed over-the-counter medication.
    • The consent form must be signed before any medication is given at school. HANDWRITTEN NOTES OR PHONE CALLS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
    • Any medication not picked up by the last day of school will be disposed of. Any expired medication will be disposed of.  

    Fever: If your child has an above-normal temperature, you will be notified to pick him/her up. In order to minimize the spread of illnesses, we ask that your child be free of fever for twenty-four hours before returning to school. 

    Random Drug Testing: All 7th through 12th-grade students who participate in extracurricular activities including sports, clubs, and organizations are subject to random drug testing. 

    Head Lice: Our district policy expects that all students will be lice-free to attend school.  You will be notified by phone or in writing if lice are found. Your child may return to school as soon as he/she is free of lice.   

    Medication: In order for your child to take medication at school, it must be brought to the office by a parent or guardian and a permission form signed. Permission forms are available in the school office and on the Alma School District website. MEDICATION BROUGHT TO SCHOOL BY A STUDENT WILL BE CONFISCATED AND WILL NOT BE ADMINISTERED. Transportation of medication via school buses is strictly prohibited.  All medication must be in the original bottle.  Prescription medications must also be properly labeled with the child's name, doctor's name, current date, and dosage.  We will not accept any over-the-counter medication without a doctor's note. Our medication guidelines are strictly enforced

    Vision and hearing screenings are done as required by Arkansas state law. Parents will be notified in writing if further examination by a doctor is indicated.

    Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) screenings are done as required by Arkansas state law. Students are exempt from this screening only for religious reasons and written notification must be received from a parent prior to screening.

    BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings are required by the state of Arkansas and are conducted annually. Students are exempt from this screening only if written notification from a parent is received prior to screening. Results are available upon request at the end of each school year.

    Growing-up Films are shown to fifth-grade boys and girls. These videos are shown to each gender separately and contain information on hygiene, physical development, puberty, and the feelings associated with this period of their lives. Notes are sent home prior to the video to obtain parental permission.

    Immunization Requirements as set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and Education beginning school year 2014 - 2015: Each child's immunization record is checked annually upon entry through the 12th grade to assure it is in keeping with the State Board of Education regulations. Periodically, statewide changes are made to the immunization requirements, which require additional immunizations. When this occurs, the Alma nurses send out notices to inform parents.

    All students kindergarten through 12th grade:

    4 DTaP Vaccines, 3 Polio Vaccines, 2 MMR Vaccines, *2 Varicella Vaccines*, 3 Hepatitis B Vaccines

    In addition, the following vaccines are required:

    1 Hep A: Enrolling Kindergarten and any First grader who did not get it in Kindergarten.

    1 Tdap: Every student aged 11 and older. 

    MCV4: 7th grade and age 16 (kids who have already had 1 will have to have a 2nd dose at age 16)

    *Also, please note that no history of disease will be accepted for Varicella unless documented by MD, DO, PA, and APN*

    Flu Shot Clinics:  In conjunction with the Crawford County Health Implementation Office and according to the guidelines set forth by the state, flu shot clinics are held at each school within the school district.  This is on a voluntary basis and written parental permission is required to take part in this clinic. 

    It is our goal as School Nurses, to provide the services necessary to promote learning in the school setting. We strive on a daily basis to meet the needs of our students in a professional and timely manner. We believe family is an essential part of good health. Your input is welcome and valued. Please feel free to stop by the nurse’s office to ask questions, voice concerns, share your thoughts, or exchange health information. Working together we can make our children the best they can be.

    Alma Public School Nurses:

    Diane Parker, RN, Nurse Coordinator (Alma Primary School) dparker@almasd.net 

    Lisa Timmerman, LPN (Alma Intermediate School) ltimmerman@almasd.net 

    Michelle Holland, RN (Alma Middle School) mholland@almasd.net

    Jennifer Brown, LPN (Alma High School) jbrown@almasd.net 

    Additional Forms

    First Day of School Letter

    Health Information Form

    BMI Waiver

    Scoliosis Letter

    Asthma Inhaler student waiver (middle and high school only)

    Medication forms

    Diabetic supply list for school

    Epinephrine Auto Injector Contract