School Nurse & Health Services

Shannon McNamee
Capital High School and Hawthorne Elementary
Deb Sargent
Helena High School and Project for Alternative Learning (PAL)
Emily Rodway
C.R. Anderson Middle School
Wendy Kowalski
Helena Middle School and Access to Success
Frances Leonard
Four Georgians Elementary, Broadwater Elementary, and Jefferson Elementary
Cori Wellenstein, RN
Jim Darcy Elementary, Rossiter Elementary, and Kessler Elementary
Marti Kuntz
Smith Elementary and Warren Elementary
Ruby Greer
Central Elementary and Bryant Elementary

Helena Public School nurses influence and support the vision, mission, and goals of the Helena School District and believe that every child deserves the services of a registered school nurse.  Helena Public School nurses provide healthcare services to approximately 8,000 students.

Health Screenings in the Helena Public Schools

One way to promote good health in the student population is to strive to detect health problems early.  The school nurse provides basic health screenings in the following areas:

Hearing
Grades K, 1, 9, new students without screening documentation, students who are referred, and students who are monitored

Vision
Grades K, 1, 3, 5, 8, new students without screening documentation, students who are referred, and students who are monitored

Scoliosis
Grades 5, 7, 8 (side to side curvature of the spine, which most often shows up during a child’s growth spurt)

Dental
Grades 1 & 3 (local dentists volunteer to work with the school nurses, doing visual check)

Methods for screening may include checklists, observations, and formal instruments as indicated.  Parents are notified of any unusual performance or failed screening. Students may be referred for further evaluation by a health care provider.

Vaccination Information

Per the Helena School District Student/Parent Handbook:
If a child has not completed the minimum vaccination series required by Montana Law as listed HERE, a Conditional Attendance form should be completed. If the pupil has received at least one or more doses of the required vaccine(s), he/she can conditionally attend until the next dose is due. In order to remain in school, the pupil must continue to receive all remaining doses as specified on the conditional form. If the pupil fails to complete the immunization(s) within the time period indicated, he/she must either qualify for and claim an exemption or be excluded immediately from school by the school administrator or that person’s designee.

In schools K-12, a claim of exemption from immunization requirements on religious grounds must be notarized annually and maintained on the Religious Exemption form. The form must be provided to the school prior to each school year by the student’s parent/legal guardian, unless the student is 18 years of age or older or emancipated, the student may claim the exemption. The original copy of the religious exemption must be kept by the school as part of the student’s school record. If a student has contracted a disease or is exposed to a disease, the student may be excluded from school by the local health officer or the state department until the excluding authority feels that there is no longer a risk of contracting or transmitting that disease.

Additional Documents
Medical Exemption Form
Medical/Religious Exemption Form*
*This form must be signed by the parent/guardian of each child with either a religious or medical exemption.

Medications at School

The medication guidelines can be found in this download or in the Helena School District Student/Parent Handbook.

Additional Documents
Authorization for Medicine to be Given in Schools*
*This form must be filled out for any child to receive medication at school. The PARENT and the HEALTHCARE PROVIDER must sign the form.

Authorization to Self-Administer Asthma, Severe Allergy, or Anaphylaxis Medication

Per the Helena School District Student/Parent Handbook:
Students with asthma, severe allergies, or anaphylaxis may possess and self-administer emergency medication including: epinephrine auto injector, oral antihistamine, or asthma inhaler during the school day, during field trips, during school-sponsored events, or while on a school bus as prescribed by a licensed health care provider.  If provided by the parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or a guardian and in accordance with documents provided by the student’s health care provider, medication for asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis medication may be kept by the pupil and backup medication may be kept at a student’s school in a predetermined location or locations to which the student has access in the event of an asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis emergency.

Parents must notify the school if their student will be self-medicating and acknowledge and agree to the liability provisions in M.C.A. 20-5-420, for the self-administration of medication.

Additional Documents and Forms
Montana Asthma Action Plan
Authorization to Carry Inhaler
Food Allergy Action Plan*
*This form must be filled out yearly by the child’s healthcare provider and signed by both the parent/guardian and healthcare provider.
Diabetes Medical Management Plan using a Pump
Diabetes Medical Managment Plan using a Syringe
Algorithm for Blood Glucose Results
Health History Form
Seizure Action Plan