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Nurse's Corner for West Middle and Foothills Community Schools

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Health Concerns of Students
It is very important that you contact me with any health concerns your child might have.  This way I can find out any specific needs they may have at school.  Then we can come up with a plan to share with staff members that will be working with your child this year at school.  
Also, specific health concern Emergency Plans are located to the right of this page. If you are wanting a specific plan set up, please feel free to print a copy off and complete. Send it to school the next day with your child and have them bring it to my office. You also can print off, complete, scan to your computer and email to me at diana.mcentire@mcdowell.k12.nc.us 
Seventh Graders
Seventh Grade has two important things required this year.  Immunizations and Vision Checks
Seventh Grade Immunizations are needed.  They are required to have Tdap and MCV (Meningococcal) vaccines completed by their 1st calendar days of 7th grade.  Letters were sent out in April to any 6th grader who still needed these for 7th grade.  If you have not gotten these by now, please do so as soon as possible.  State law requires principals to temporarily exclude students after the 30th day if not completed.
Seventh Grade Visions will be done hopefully by the end of September. 
I will be calling in homerooms to get these done shortly after school starts.  I will send home letters to parents of children who do not pass the vision screen and let you know their results.  The back of this letter needs to be taken to their eye doctor for a more extensive exam.  Have the doctor complete the form after the visit and return this form to me.  Please let me know if you do not have vision insurance, Medicaid or have questions about getting help to get their vision corrected.  I will be glad to work with you to get this completed.
Don't forget to get the proper Medication Authorization form completed for your child to have medications at school and on school activities.  Have them come by the nurse office to pick one up if needed.  If you can't get to their physician's office soon, I can fax it to them to get it signed with your signature on the back of the form.   This can include emergency medication such as Benadryl, Inhalers or Epi-pens or daily medications for health concerns including ADHD.
Does your child have a 504 or IEP plan at school?  If they do, I will be glad to come to their yearly meeting.  Just send me an email of the date and time, and I will be there.  Diana.McEntire@mcdowell.k12.nc.us
Welcome to the Nurses Corner. 
On this site, you will be able to find out what is going on related to health at my schools. Below are forms you  may need throughout the year for health concerns with your child.  Please feel free to download these and send to me as conditions change.
Since West and Foothills are in the same building, I am there most days but I would call first if planning to visit me.
Normally my hours are 7:30 am - 3 pm.
REMINDER on Medications
No Student can carry Medications around with them at school unless
An Emergency Medication 
that has been approved by the school nurse.  This is a North Carolina State Law.  Any
student found with an unauthorized medication on them can get up to 1 year of suspension from school.  Also note that teachers and staff cannot give your child Tylenol, Ibuprofen or anything else not even if the parent calls them.  To do so is against the law and could cost them their job.  
Please Do Not Ask.
Health Forms can be found below.  Please print off as needed and return to the School Nurse Office.