It is our goal to work with you and our faculty to keep your student healthy and ready to learn. Listed below is general information regarding school health services:

In order to best meet the emotional and behavioral needs of our students, MOT Charter has a full time Nurse, School Psychologist and School Climate and Culture Counselor on staff.  This team works together to enhance our instructional program through whole classroom, small group and individual activities focusing on the topics of positive self-concepts and the development of social skills.

To reach our Wellness Staff during their hours of 8:15 am to 3:30 pm:

• Phone: 302-376-5125 | Fax: 302-376-5120

• Beth Twitchell, Nurse: beth.twitchell@mot.k12.de.us
• Allison Banbury, K-8 School Counselor: allison.banbury@mot.k12.de.us
• Cara Feeny, School Psychologist: cara.feeny@mot.k12.de.us

Offices are located across the hall from the main office.

Health Policies

MEDICATION POLICIES

All medication is kept in the nurse’s office. Guidelines regarding medication include:

Medication must be brought to school and picked-up from school by a parent/guardian.
• All medication must have the pharmacy label or the original container (for over-the-counter medication). This is a state law; therefore • noncompliance will result in your child not receiving the medication at school.
• Any medicine caught carried by a student, will be taken and kept at the nurse’s office until a parent or guardian comes to pick up.
• All students with asthma and/or allergies are recommended to have asthma (inhalers/nebulizers) and allergy (epi-pens) medications kept at school. Asthma, allergy, and seizure action plans are required to be updated annually.
• Any student going home due to health issues determined by a school nurse evaluation, must be discharged from the nurse’s office directly to their parent/guardian. To help ensue privacy, all phone conversations related to student health issues are conducted on the phone in the nurse’s office. Use of a personal cell phone is in conflict with the code of conduct.

NEW STUDENTS

Students who are entering MOT Charter as a first time student must complete the required health forms. According to Delaware laws and the Department of Education regulations, all children entering Delaware public schools are required to have written documentation of the following:

• 5 or more doses of DtaP, DTP, or Td vaccine (unless 4th dose given after 4th birthday)
• 4 doses of IVP or OPV (unless 3rd dose was given after the 4th birthday)
• 2 doses of MMR vaccine administered after the age of 12 months
• 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine
• 2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or written documentation of the disease
• Physical Examination done within the past 2 years
• Tuberculosis – results of Mantoux screening completed within the last 12 months or written documentation from a physician or public health clinic stating that the child has a low risk factor

Ninth Grade Screenings: All 9th graders will have school-provided hearing, vision, and scoliosis screenings (before December 15th).

Nemours Student Health Collaboration

IMPROVING COMMUNICATION.  ENHANCING STUDENT HEALTH.

Making It Easier for School Nurses to Care for Your Child

Some children with health problems must visit the school nurse every day. The school nurse checks on them, treats them, and tracks their progress. The nurse needs help from parents or guardians to do their job. The nurse also needs to know what a child’s health care provider recommends.

Nemours is making it easier for school nurses who work in Delaware public schools to be a part of your child’s care team. They can log on to NemoursLink®, our electronic medical records system, with their computer. There, they can see a child’s plan of care and information about almost every visit to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children or a Nemours Pediatrics office. School nurses can only view a child’s records if a parent or guardian has signed a form in advance.

Delaware school districts signed up to participate so that school nurses can connect to Nemours information about students at their school. The program that makes this possible is called The Student Health Collaboration.

What is NemoursLink®?

NemoursLink® is a secure way for Nemours to share medical information with community medical providers.

 
What records can the school nurse see?
 
With NemoursLink®, a school nurse can see most things that happen when a Nemours provider treats a child. For example, the school nurse can see notes from the doctor, an asthma action plan, can find out about medicines and how to use them, and can see lab and imaging reports. If a doctor says a child can miss school or PE, the nurse can see the letter, but cannot see records from behavioral health or psychiatric visits.

Is my child’s medical information safe?

Before anyone can see your child’s health record, you must sign a form and return it to the school nurse or a Nemours provider. It allows approved school nurses to see your child’s medical record. For added safety, Nemours keeps track of everyone who uses NemoursLink® and what they view.

How long will my child’s form be valid?

Only through June 30 of the current school year. You must sign a new form if your child will attend summer school, or if not, before the new school year begins.

Must I participate?

No. You can decide whether or not to sign up for your child. If interested, ask your school nurse or Nemours provider for a form.

Why should I sign up?

The more school nurses know, the more they can do to help. NemoursLink® connects them to information from the Nemours experts who care for your child. Please note that your input is very important. Stay in touch with the school nurse. Tell them right away if your child’s care plan or medicine changes – and anything else you think they should know.

 

For more about the Student Health Collaboration program, talk to your school nurse or Nemours provider or visit Nemours online.

Student Health in the News: Concussions

What is a Concussion?

nurse, formsA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.

Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully. But for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. In general, recovery may be slower among older adults, young children, and teens. Those who have had a concussion in the past are also at risk of having another one and may find that it takes longer to recover if they have another concussion.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Difficulty thinking clearly
Headache
Fuzzy or blurry vision
Irritability
Sleeping more than usual
Feeling slowed down
Nausea or vomiting (early on)
Dizziness
Sadness
Sleep less than usual
Difficulty concentrating
Sensitivity to noise or light
Balance problems
More emotional
Trouble falling asleep
Difficulty remembering new information
Feeling tired, having no energy
Nervousness or anxiety

Some of these symptoms may appear right away, while others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury, or until the person starts resuming their everyday life and more demands are placed upon them. Sometimes, people do not recognize or admit that they are having problems. Others may not understand why they are having problems and what their problems really are, which can make them nervous and upset.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to sort out. Early on, problems may be missed by the person with the concussion, family members, or doctors. People may look fine even though they are acting or feeling differently.  Source www.cdc.gov/concussion