Welcome to the Beavercreek High School Clinic.
If you need to contact an individual nurse or clinic staff member, you can find their information below. To email all nurses associated with Beavercreek High School, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This includes the nurse at Ferguson Freshman Hall.
Licensed School Nurse: Teressa Lewis email@example.com 937-458-2481
Clinic RN BHS: Lindsey Kathmann firstname.lastname@example.org 937-458-2366
Clinic RN Ferguson Hall: Jennifer Dimeff email@example.com 937-458-2344
The clinics at Beavercreek High School and Ferguson Freshman Hall are available for all students during school hours and are staffed by Registered Nurses and a Licensed School Nurse. We are responsible for the assessment and treatment of students who are ill or injured, administering medications and medical treatments as needed, ensuring that our students are up-to-date on immunizations, and for performing hearing and vision screenings, among many other duties.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are limiting student visits to the clinic. Teachers are asked to call the clinic when a student asks to come here. There will be times when we must not allow students in the clinic for their own safety. We will do everything we can to help a student (meet them in the hall outside the clinic for medication, for example, or send an icepack to class), but we may not be able to allow resting in the clinic. Teachers have a supply of necessary items, such as bandaids. As always, if your student asks us to call you, we will call you.
Meningitis vaccine information!
The state of Ohio requires a meningitis vaccine for all seniors. You needed the first dose to attend 7th grade, now you need the booster to attend 12th grade. This applies to ALL seniors, even if you do not attend school in the high school building. This means, if you are at the career center, the Learning Center, the Academy, attend CCP classes, are on Home Instruction, even if you never step foot in the high school building, if you are a senior, you need this vaccine! The vaccine you need is called MCV4, also known as Menactra or Menveo. The meningitis B vaccine is a good vaccine to have, but it is not the required vaccine. You need the MCV4 vaccine. You can get both the MCV4 and the meningitis B vaccines.
So, what to do? Call your doctor and ask if you have had this vaccine SINCE YOU TURNED 16 (this is important). A lot of you have had this, but we don't have the paperwork. If you have had it, ask your doctor's office to print you a copy, then bring it to the clinic (or give it to the secretary-she's cool and will get it to us). If you haven't had this vaccine, have your parent make an appointment with your doctor. You can also make an appointment at the Little Clinic or the CVS Minute Clinic, but make sure they take your insurance. The Montgomery County Health Department provides vaccines but you need an appointment. Call 937-225-4550 to make an appointment. They are free or really cheap if you don't have insurance and who doesn't like a free vaccine?
What if I don't get this vaccine? Once school starts, you have 14 calendar days to submit proof of vaccination. After that, the state requires us to exclude you from school. This means no school, which means no extracurricular activities, such as sports or marching band. Your coach will not like this and you don't want that. For you marching band seniors, you know how much you would hate to be sidelined for your senior year!
What if I CAN'T get the vaccine? Please submit a waiver from your doctor, if a medical waiver, or your parents, if a religious or philosophical waiver. If there is another reason why you can't get this vaccine, please, please, please contact the clinic.
If you or your parents have any questions, please email the clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have your record, you can even email it at this address. You can mail it to 2660 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Beavercreek, 45434. You can walk in and give it to the secretary. Or, you can ask your parent to deal with it, because we know it will get done that way.
Meningitis can damage your brain. Take care of your brain. You might need it sometime.
New for spring: Getting your COVID vaccine(s)?
Send a copy or a picture of your vaccination card to: email@example.com . We'll put a copy in your records, so if you have an exposure to COVID, you won't have to quarantine (once you're past that pesky "14 days after final vaccine" period).
By the numbers: I know you're asking, "what do those nurses do all day?"
I know, give out icepacks and bandaids, right?
Well, here are a few statistics for BHS and Ferguson Hall combined: so far this year, compared to last year in parentheses, there have been
106 injuries (466),
2,061 health-related visits (5,477),
628 scheduled visits (717), and
3,188 non-visits (1570).
Scheduled visits are screenings or meeting with parents. Non-visits include emailing or calling parents, medication refills, filing reports, staff meetings, supply ordering, updating immunization records. Most categories decreased this year because of COVID, having students attending remotely, curtailing clinic visits due to quarantines in the clinic, but the non-visit category pretty much doubled, due to communicating about COVID with parents via emails and phone calls.
We have given 2,974 doses of medication (5,663), done 347 treatments (528) and completed 2,340 hearing & vision screenings (2436).
But what do we do? So much more than icepacks and bandaids!
When not up to our gloves in COVID, we give meds, routine and as needed, do treatments such as tube feedings, take care of students with diabetes, respond to building emergencies, see sick and injured students, consult with administration and guidance, do medication training with teachers and coaches, communicate with teachers when students are returning after injuries/surgeries/illness, maintain emergency equipment, update records, call doctors' offices for orders or clarification of orders, hearing and vision screening on new students and juniors, and act as consultants for students, parents and staff. Oh yes, we restock the icepacks and bandaids too.
We anticipate that next year, our clinic visit numbers will be more in line with last year, as things return to normal and our remote-learning students return to the building.
If you are placed on quarantine because you were around someone who has COVID-19, please don't go to any sporting events, school activities, parties (especially NOT parties), church, or other gatherings. The purpose of quarantine is to protect other people, just in case you end up catching COVID-19. You might not even know you have COVID-19, but you can still spread it to others. That's why quarantine is not a time to spend with your friends, even if your friends are on quarantine too. You might not catch COVID-19 from your classmate, but maybe someone else did, and if you hang out, you can get it from that friend, and as this drawing shows, you can spread it to others.
Please follow the quarantine guidelines and stay home and stay away from others.
Medical Forms and Illness During the School Day
Medical Forms: All prescribed medications require a signed order from a doctor. Once the form has been signed, you can bring it to the clinic with a supply of medication. Medication must be in a prescription bottle with a label from the pharmacy. We cannot accept medication in a baggie, envelope, or any container other than one dispensed by a pharmacy.
The OneView forms allows parents to select over-the counter medications to be administered as needed by the clinic nurses. When filling out this form, please check "YES", then check which medications you will allow us to give your child. You may visit the clinic to pick up forms or print forms from the district website: Online Forms
Procedure for going home ill: When a student comes to the clinic feeling unwell, he/she will be seen and assessed by one of the nurses. If the student meets any of the criteria below, the nurse will contact the parent(s) listed on the student's forms. If the student does not have any symptoms indicating the need to go home, but still wishes to go home, the nurse will contact the parent, and the parent can choose to pick up or dismiss the student to go home. This is the equivalent of a parent note.
Students will be sent home if they are exhibiting the following symptoms:
Fever (anything over 100.4, or over 100 with certain symptoms)
Vomiting for a reason possibly having to do with a contagious illness
Active head lice
A generalized rash of unknown origin
Any other symptoms at the discretion of the nurse.
Parents are responsible for providing or arranging transportation for children who are sent home. If a fever has been confirmed, students must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. If a student has had more than one episode of vomiting, there should be 24 hours since the last episode before the student returns to school.