|Elizabeth Zimmerly||District Nurse|
All of the Northwest Local School District Schools have a Health Office that is staffed by a full time Registered Nurse (RN), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Health Assistant. The Health Office is open during the school day to support the students and staff. We believe a healthy student is better able to participate, pay attention in class and succeed in their learning.
Ensuring proper immunization of all students in accordance with Ohio law.
Performing hearing, vision and postural (scoliosis) screening as required and recommended by the Ohio Department of Health.
Providing acute and emergency care of illness and injury during the school day, decreasing communicable diseases by excluding students from school with signs of disease or illness that can be spread.
Developing individual health plans and emergency action plans in collaboration with parents and the student’s health care (team) providers (physicians and/or nurse practitioners-remove) for students with chronic and some acute health conditions such as to asthma, seizure disorders, diabetes, migraine headaches and allergies-remove.
Administering medications and treatments.
Training appropriate designated school personnel in the proper administration of medication and treatment.
Providing resources for families, teachers and staff in the area of health and health concerns.
The Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA) is a critical form that is used by the Administrators and Health Office to contact parents. Please complete the EMA (both sides) in the first few days of the school year. If phone numbers change, it is important that you notify the school to ensure you can be reached when necessary for the student.
In order to best care for students during the school day, the Nurse/Health Assistant must be aware of the health concerns that exist. Parents are asked to complete a Health History at the time of enrollment. In addition, the parents are required to complete and sign the Health Update on the back of the EMA every year.
Contact the Health Office with any changes that occur in the student health over the summer or during the school year. Communication is the key to making sure the student health needs are met during the school day.