Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

October 8, 2013

Kids' medical conditions monitored

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• Continue to explore with Southeastern Indiana YMCA the possibility of after school intramural sports, such as volleyball, basketball or soccer, for those not involved in organized sports.

• Plan an evening community health fair for families of grades K-8 students, perhaps partnering with the Ivy Tech Community College Nursing School.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

 

Who helps keep children healthy? • The director notes, "As our population continues to grow, we are staying close to the recommendation of the National Association of School Nurses" of one school nurse to every 750 students. "We are below the recommendation, but we have found our current staffing to be adequate." As director, Vonderheide, based at BMS, is responsible for the health management of all four schools. The Health Services Department also consists of BPS nurse Laurie Krieg, LPN; BPS child-specific RN Lisa Fitzpatrick; BIS clinic aide Terrica Moorman; BMS clinic aide Barb Greene; and BHS clinic aide and clerk Amy Liter. • Last year six BHS mentor students during the first semester and seven during the second semester spent 30 minutes on Mondays with health workers, rotating from school to school to get a flavor of all age groups and issues. "They are really helpful. They like to see the kids, do temperatures, clerical jobs." They also created health-oriented bulletin boards and helped with screenings.

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