Health Services

Paula Rust
Director of Health Services


paula.rust@kenton.kyschools.us

"You cannot educate an unhealthy child and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy."
-Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders, former US Surgeon General

The Kenton County School District Health Services Department agrees with the opinion of Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders.  Our mission is to support education by advancing and promoting health for all students through the implementation of professional nursing skills, health education, and the development of individualize health management so that all students can achieve their greatest potential as lifelong learners and to be responsible, contributing citizens in an ever-changing global society.

We recognize each child's individual needs and acknowledge the importance of a cooperative relationship between families, health care providers, and the school community to provide a holistic approach and a supportive system that meets the needs of students.  Using this holistic approach and professional school nursing practice, our vision is to promote a supportive and health conscious environment which will provide optimal learning for all students.   


For information and resources from the KCSD on COVID-19, click here: 

http://www.kenton.kyschools.us/Content/covid19 

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children

 As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.   
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

What can I do so that I don’t get COVID-19?

You can practice healthy habits at home, school, and play to help protect against the spread of COVID-19:

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse and dry. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  • If you don’t have soap and water, have an adult help you use a special hand cleaner.
  • Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home clean the things we touch the most, like doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. (Note for adults: you can find more information about cleaning and disinfecting on CDC’s website.)
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Just like you don’t want to get other people’s germs in your body, other people don’t want to get your germs either.
Video from Governor Beshear
"Talking to your child about COVID-19"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdd3FAlNQf8#action=share
Major Points
  • explaining the importance of social distancing
  • honestly discussing the topic and how to take precautions
  • alternatives to in person visits
  • get information from good sources
  • what can we do when kids feel stress
  • finding time for fun
  • the need for routines at home
  • good communication 

Health Requirements

Meeting health requirements for school attendance is an important part of making sure your child is ready for school.  These requirements provide the assurance that your child is not only up-to-date on necessary immunizations, but also that he/she is healthy to attend school.  Keep your child “on track” by making sure that he/she meets the health requirements every school year. The Essential Health Enrollment Information and Forms located on the right margin of this webpage outlines the health information required for students. If you have additional questions or concerns, refer to the school nurse assignments below and contact your child's school nurse or the District Health Coordinator.


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The KCSD has been working with St. Elizabeth Physicians (SEP) to bring virtual school-based health programs into our schools since January 2020.  With the arrival of COVID, shortly after we started the conversation with SEP, we’ve had to hit the pause button and re-group several times.  We are ready to take the next step and pilot our first Virtual School-Based Health Program at Summit View Academy.  This program can be used by students and staff.  

Virtual School-Based Health Programs can be used to provide high-quality healthcare using video technology.  For the pilot program, the School Based Health Office at SVA will be staffed by Bob Pauly, RN, M.Ed and Carla Williamson, RN.  They will be KCSD’s liaison with SEP to schedule and lead the video visits with Isabella Isbell, APRN Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  There will be another provider available Monday and Friday. If needed, the virtual visits will be enhanced using a USB otoscope and stethoscope for the provider to hear and see in real time.  Parents will be able to join the visit in person or real time via video link.  If medication or testing is needed, such as a COVID-19 test, it can be ordered by the provider at the time of the virtual visit. 

The link found here for the attached flyer provides more Virtual School-Based Health Program information. The paper documents for consent and new-patient need to be completed for the initial visit. The consent form is targeted for students, but should be used by staff at this time. The Notice of Privacy Practices is included for your review. 

Health Services is excited to partner with SEP and bring this opportunity to our community.  We welcome your feedback in this pilot program and look forward to bringing this opportunity to all schools.  The roll out to other schools is dependent on the arrival of technology and the return of in-person instruction. This link contains flyers, new patient information, notice of privacy practices, and consent forms:  School Based Health Centers

For access to new patient packet, consent form, and to view Frequently Asked Questions, you can also visit SEP website at https://www.stelizabethphysicians.com/schoolhealth or email VirtualHealthCenter@stelizabeth.com. 

 

Your child doesn't have to miss school. You don't have to miss work. 

• With your consent, your child will have the opportunity to be seen by a St. Elizabeth Physicians licensed healthcare provider, right from the school nurse's office

• You will be notified by the school nurse prior to initiating a video visit for their child.

• You do not need to be present for your child to be seen, a link will be provided for you to participate in your child's video visit from anywhere via your mobile phone, tablet or laptop.

• Neither you nor your child are required to be a St. Elizabeth Physicians patient to join the program.

 

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Kenton County School District’s Health Services Department is pleased to announce a partnership with St. Elizabeth Outpatient Medical Village Pharmacy to offer vaccinations to KCSD students.  Most vaccines will be available to students regardless of their primary care physician/pediatrician or payment methods.  If you have been notified that your student is in need of immunizations, don’t miss this opportunity.  

Immunization compliance is required for all students in the KCSD

St. Elizabeth Outpatient Medical Village Pharmacy

20 Medical Village Drive Suite 103

Edgewood, KY 41017

859-301-6790

Please have insurance information available when you call to make an appointment and bring the card with you to the appointment.

Contact Paula Rust, KCSD Director of Health Services, at 859-957-2640 with questions.                               


IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS

11/1/17

CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

October 9, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Re: New Kentucky Immunization Requirements for School Entry

 

A recent amendment to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation on the immunization schedules for attending school added new immunization requirements for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018.

 

Effective July 1, 2018:

  • ALL students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school
  • Students aged 16 years or older, must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) to attend school.  If the first dose of MenACWY was received at age sixteen (16) years or older, the second dose is not required for school entry.

Many students have received the Hepatitis A vaccine, but the dates were not indicated on the certificate currently at school. The two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine must be given 6 months apart.  If both doses of Hepatitis A can't be administered before the start of the 2018-19 school year, your healthcare provider will give you a new certificate when the first dose is received that will allow your child to start school. The nurse at your child's school will gladly accept new certificates as soon as they are available.  Please make a copy or ask the school to make a copy to keep for your records.


 

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VACCINATIONS

  • It is important to check your child's immunization records and ensure they are up-to-date on all vaccines.
  • Vaccination throughout childhood helps prevent potentially life-threatening, but vaccine- preventable diseases

Cases of measles have been on the rise in the U.S.

See the informational notes to parents from the NKY Health Department located on the right margin.​​​​​

 

Visit this webpage to learn more about the importance of immunizations

http://www.publichealth.org/public-awareness/understanding-vaccines/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Schedules

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have updated their childhood immunization “basics” disease fact sheets in English and Spanish. and they are now available on CDC’s website. 

These fact sheets, now available on CDC's website, are written for parents of children birth-2 years old. Each of the 14 sheets provides an overview of a vaccine-preventable disease and vaccine information.

Diseases include:


VAPING

The CDC is currently investigating over 450 cases of severe lung illness in at least 33 states, including five deaths that are potentially linked to the use of e-cigarettes. Recently, health care providers in Kentucky were asked to begin reporting cases.

The most common symptoms of this severe lung illness include cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.  Based on reports from several states, patients have also experienced fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or weight loss. Although some of these symptoms may be common at this time of year, those who use e-cigarettes and experience any of the above symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.

Use of e-cigarettes by youth in Kentucky is higher than the national average, and the rate of use
has more than doubled from 2016 to 2018, as measured by the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) Survey.  To help prevent more cases, NKY Health recommends the following actions:
● Talk with your students about e-cigarette use and warn them of the potential hazards of using these
devices.
● Advise parents to contact their child’s doctor immediately if the child has any of the above symptoms, especially if they are having serious breathing problems for no known reason

According to NKY Health’s District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “This illness highlights the potential dangers of vaping, especially with THC, but also with nicotine. Many people think that e-cigarette liquid just contains water and flavorings; however, most e-cigarettes contain nicotine and/or other chemicals. They do not realize the very serious impact on their lungs and the rest of their body. If you are not using e-cigarettes or vaping, do not start. If you are currently using e-cigarettes or vaping, get help to quit.”
For more information on e-cigarettes, health risks associated with vaping, and how to quit using e-cigarettes or tobacco products, please visit
https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/individual-health/e-cigarettes/ 

 

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Please take a minute to show your teens these public service announcements from other teens in our state. 

http://www.ijustdidntknow.org

  

National Association of School Nurses

"School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials."


Student Accident Insurance

The Kenton County School District has selected the Student Insurance Plan from K&K Insurance Group to make reliable coverage available to parents. If you don’t have other insurance, this plan may be a resource to consider. Additionally, even if you have other coverage, this plan can help fill expensive “gaps” caused by deductible and co-pays. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year by visiting www.studentinsurance-kk.com.


      

The Importance of Sleep

Many of the common complaints seen in the nurse's office (headache, stomachache, etc.) are the result of sleep deprivation.  The following article from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention discusses the importance of sleep and the recommended hours of sleep needed.

https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html

 “… Sufficient sleep is not a luxury—it is a necessity—and should be thought of as a vital sign of good health.”

Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS, Director,
Division of Adult and Community Health,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


To help reduce the risk of virus transmission, students and staff should:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers if soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in the waste basket. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when feeling sick, and consult their health care provider as needed. Children with cold like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing should consult their health care provider for further evaluation.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • In addition, we encourage staff and students, especially those with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, to be vaccinated against influenza as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Getting the flu along with an upper respiratory virus could be very serious for someone with chronic respiratory diseases.
  • Do not come to school if you are sick.    

Use the following guidelines to determine when students should stay home. 

Please keep your child home if any of the following are present:

  • a fever of 100º F (37.8º C) in the past 24 hours
  • Tylenol or Ibuprofen used to control fever in the past 24 hours
  • an undiagnosed rash
  • sore throat
  • cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
  • vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • suspected conjunctivitis (pink eye) or yellow eye drainage
  • new onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • strep throat- if awaiting culture results or less than 24 hours of antibiotic treatment

It's often difficult to tell how sick your child is in the morning.  Remember if they stay home and improve, you can always bring them in to school. We appreciate your help as we work to prevent the spread of viruses and other communicable diseases throughout our communities. If you have any questions, contact the school nurse.


Information and resources available to help guard against the spread of flu

Each flu season, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths. Vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu most commonly peaks during the month of February. If you have not gotten vaccinated yet this season, you should get vaccinated now— It's Not Too Late!

Healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to friends and loved ones.
Following are the most important steps to help protect your family against the flu this season.

For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

Flu facts from the

Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department

https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/flu/

 

Tips to prevent flu

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, Germs spread this way. 

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

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SCHOOL NURSE ASSIGNMENT

2020-21 school year

          NURSE          SCHOOL                        EMAIL
Paula Rust, RN, NCSN DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES

paula.rust@kenton.kyschools.us

Lois McCubbin, RN

BEECHGROVE &  

RC HINSDALE

lois.mccubbin@kenton.kyschools.us

Kristi Dixon, RN FT. WRIGHT kristi.dixon@kenton.kyschools.us
Michelle Racke, RN

TWENHOFEL 

michelle.racke@kenton.kyschools.us

Patricia Gausepohl, RN    

TAYLOR MILL &

KENTON ELEMENTARY

patricia.gausepohl@kenton.kyschools.us

Cheryl Smith, LPN RIVER RIDGE ELEMENTARY

cheryl.smith2@kenton.kyschools.us

Meghan Williams, RN WHITE'S TOWER

meghan.williams@kenton.kyschools.us

Dee North, RN

J. A. CAYWOOD &

TURKEY FOOT

dee.north@kenton.kyschools.us
Carla Williamson, RN SUMMIT VIEW ACADEMY carla.williamson@kenton.kyschools.us
Jenifer Cook, LPN SCOTT & WOODLAND jenifer.cook@kenton.kyschools.us
Elizabeth (Niki) Hon, RN SIMON KENTON  elizabeth.hon@kenton.kyschools.us
Amy Marx, RN DIXIE HEIGHTS amy.marx@kenton.kyschools.us
Michelle Combs, RN RYLAND HEIGHTS & PINER

 

michelle.combs@kenton.kyschools.us

 


 

Documents

  • Medical Excuse Form