Kelly Landwehr, MSN, RN
MUHS Lead School Nurse
ACSD Lead Nurse
ACSD COVID-19 Coordinator
Arlene Mathewson, MSN, RN
Associate School Nurse 802-382-1704
Welcome to the MUHS Health Office
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This will be a year like no other as we face beginning school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The school nurses are dedicated to ensuring that all health and safety guidelines are followed to provide the safest environment for all of our students and staff. It is more important than ever to work together and take care of each other. We have three primary goals when it comes to the COVID-19 virus:
1. Decrease the risk of individuals infected with COVID-19 from entering the building through effective public health education and prevention
2. Decrease the transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff through effective public health education and prevention measures
3. Quickly identify individuals infected with COVID-19 and put containment procedures in place to minimize the impact on students, staff, and the educational process
Together we can do this! The health office is located next to the Main Office and accessed through The Commons. This year, we will have an additional health office space in the "B" Wing that will serve as our triage area for any students or staff that have symptoms that could be related to COVID-19. This space will also include isolation rooms where students will stay until they are picked up to go home. This extra space and isolation rooms will help to reduce the spread of any contagious illness in our building.
The School Nurse is licensed by the VT Board of Nursing and the Department of Education and is available to all students, teachers, administrators and staff to provide a safe and healthy school environment. The School Nurse is also part of the Educational Support Team. The School Nurse performs health assessments, first aid, emergency care, and administers medications and health counseling as needed. Health Services comply with the Vermont Department of Health requirement related to mandated vision and screening for all 9 & 12 grade students. All students must conform to the state immunization requirements and have up to date immunization documentation in the health office. Students should attempt to see the School Nurse between classes. To be dismissed from school because of illness, students need to consult with the School Nurse. The Nurse contacts parents/guardians to receive permission for students to leave school. Students must sign out with the Attendance Clerk in the Main Office. Extended medical absences require a note from a medical care provider or physician. In case of an accident, first aid is administered by the School Nurse. If it is deemed necessary for students to be seen for further medical evaluation or treatment, parents/guardians are contacted, and it is their responsibility to transport students to the appropriate medical facility. In more serious accidents, every effort is made to contact parents/guardians when emergency medical services are called.
Some students need to take prescribed daily medications and these are to be administered by the School Nurse. All prescription medications need to be brought to school in the correct prescription bottle and stored in the Health Office. A doctor’s order and signed parent permission needs to be on file with the School Nurse in order for this medication to be given at school. Over the counter medicines (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, decongestants and antacids) are available through the Health Office and are given out with parent/guardian permission. Students are not to carry prescription of over-the-counter medications with them in school. Please contact the nurse with any questions.