The School Nurse
Mrs. Amanda Smith
The school nurse provides health education, health promotion, preventative health services, health assessment and referral services to students, families and staff. The school nurse serves as the liaison between the school, community healthcare providers, and the school-based clinics.
--Wisconsin Association of School Nurses
Annual Health Questionnaire
The Annual Health Questionnaire is the parent's opportunity to update the school regarding health concerns, information, and immunizations. School nursing staff review every annual health questionnaire. Information given on the questionnnaire is shared with appropriate school staff.
Greendale Nurse Practitioner
The Aurora Nurse Practitioner is helping the Greendale Schools in the following ways:
Amanda Smith, BSN, RN
Greendale School District Nurse
414-423-2850, ext 6307 or 414-522-8480
Aurora Health Care - District Nurse Practitioner
414-423-0110 Ext. 4336
Click on the links below to download forms.
Authorization for School Personnel to Administer Medication to Student
Any prescription medication that will be administered at school must be accompanied by a district prescription medication form signed by the parent and physician. If a student will carry an inhaler, the same form is required with the parent and physician's signatures. A parent signature is required on the form for any non-prescription medication. Click here to download the form. (pdf)
Allergy Action Plan Form
One of our goals in the Greendale School District is to provide a safe environment for each of our students. School District requirements for students with allergies;
Head Lice (pediculosis)
Head lice are, unfortunately, a fact of life in the world of school children. They are an inconvenience to families that experience them, and unpleasant to think about. Head lice do not carry or cause disease.
It is the responsibility of the parents to monitor their children for signs of head lice. Click here for a fact sheet from the National Association of School Nurses.
Children usually have an extremely itchy head, especially around the crown and nape of the neck. Red areas of scalp may be noted. A careful observer might see live lice or small grey or white “droplet” shaped eggs (nits) on the hair shaft.
A quick head check is especially helpful after a child attends a sleep over camp or a sleep over at a friend’s house.
If head lice are discovered, it is the parent’s responsibility to notify the child’s school. This information is kept confidential, but close contacts can be screened by the School Nurse and classmates can be observed for signs of lice infestation. Parents are notified when there are several unrelated cases in a classroom or grade level.
READ the Greendale School Board Policy on Head Lice.
READ the Head Lice Treatment Verification Form.
When to keep your child home?
Your child comes to the breakfast table looking washed out and droopy. Typical Monday morning or a sick child? How do you decide? Click here for more information.
Here are a few general guidelines:
If your child has been prescribed antibiotics for Whooping Cough (Pertussis) they usually need to stay out of school and outside activities for five days. Notify your child’s school of the diagnosis for follow up.
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Bacterial meningitis can cause serious blood and brain infections.
Since being approved and licensed in 2005, the vaccine Menactra has provided protection against several of the most common strains of bacteria that cause meningitis. Another brand of vaccine, Menveo, was licensed in 2010.
When these vaccines first came out, they were recommended for students in college, especially those living in dorms. More recently, the recommendations have been for children to get this vaccine at age 11 or 12.
The most recent recommendations now include a booster dose for those who got the first dose before their 16th birthday. If the vaccine is given after the 16thbirthday, a booster dose is not required.
Even though this immunization is not required for school attendance in Wisconsin, parents are strongly urged to consider it for their middle and high school children. The vaccine has saved countless lives.
Meningococcal disease can appear quickly or over several days.
Signs of meningococcal disease are very much like signs of flu, and for this reason, diagnosis can be delayed. Things can take a serious turn for the worse very quickly, and about 10% of infected people die even with appropriate treatment. Another 20% suffer permanent body damage. There are about 3,000 cases in the US each year.
Signs of meningococcal disease include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, light sensitivity and altered mental status. The incidence of meningococcal disease peaks between the ages of 16 and 21.
You can get the vaccine for your child through your Health Care Provider.
If you have medication at home that is no longer needed or has expired, and you live in Greendale, you can take it to the Greendale Safety Center at any time and the Police Department will dispose of it for you. The Safety Center is located on the corner of Loomis and Grange. If you live in another community, check with your local police department to see if they have a medication disposal program.