The Richmond Register


August 6, 2013

Nurses prepare for the new school year

MADISON COUNTY — Madison County Schools’ 11 nurses gathered in the school health program office at the Bellevue Learning Center on Tuesday in preparation for students’ return Aug. 14.

The group of women were reviewing staff assignments, discussing procedures and taking an inventory of medical supplies, but they also were celebrating the fact that they were all sitting there, together.

In February, the Madison County Health Department announced that it would end its school-based clinic with both Madison County and Berea Community school districts at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

The health department cited rising personnel costs and reductions in Medicaid reimbursements as its reason for discontinuing the 20-plus year partnership.

Eight school nurses were laid off at the end of the year and “were waiting in limbo” until the Madison County School Board voted to hire the nurses as its own employees in mid-June, said Michelle Mallicote, who previously was the health department’s school health program director, and now works for the district as its FEMA coordinator.

All eight nurses were hired by the district and two more left the health department in July to join the team. The eleventh member of the nursing team is Becky Carr, who was already an employee of the district as its nurse coordinator.

The nurses will staff high schools three times a week and will alternate two times one week and three times the next at elementary and middle schools. Registered nurse Christa Martin will staff Mayfield Elementary full-time.

However, a nurses’ job doesn’t end with assessing sick children in school.

Earlier Tuesday, the nurses conducted medication delegation and emergency training with nearly 400 district employees, including teachers, para-professionals and administrative staff.

Staff members are trained to administer both routine medicines (such as Ritalin or high-blood pressure pills) and emergency medicines (such as EpiPens or glucagon for diabetes) when the school nurses are not in the buildings.

Near the end of Tuesday’s meeting, the nurses divided up the supplies left behind by the health department such as vision cabinets (for testing eyes), audiometers (for ears), oxygen tanks and emergency kits.

However, all of the thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and otoscopes will need to be replaced, and a few pieces of equipment will be shared among the nurses until additional equipment can be ordered or donated.

During the first few days of school, nurses will be reviewing every student’s health services consent form (the pink one), which will go home with students on the first day of school.

Those forms must be returned the next day, Malicote said. Nurses will then begin working on emergency action plans for students with conditions such as diabetes, asthma, severe allergies, seizures or other issues.

Once EAPs are developed for each student, every district employee who may come in contact with that child will be trained on that student’s special health-care needs.

Completion of these forms are incredibly important, Malicote said, especially for students with special health care needs who are entering the district for the first time.

Guardians of students with special needs are encouraged to contact their schools before they begin Aug. 14 so nurses can get a jump start on their EAPs, she said. Parents also may participate in the employee training sessions concerning their children's EAPs.

All children entering the school district for the first time must have a valid Kentucky immunization certificate; a physical examination conducted within one year prior to entering school; an eye exam; and a dental screening.

Children entering the sixth grade also must have a physical exam and an updated immunization record.

Look in the Richmond Register this weekend for an in-depth look about what nurses do in schools each day.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.

Text Only
  • 7-29 YMCA-Schools.jpg YMCA, county district to provide after-school care

    The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
    YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 Camp Invention 1.jpg Young inventors turn trash to treasure

    The first day of Camp Invention began with a room full of objects ready to be recycled, Sarah Shaffer, director of the camp said Thursday.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-22 Band Camp 1.jpg Band students ‛take over’ MCHS campus

    The Madison Central High School campus has been “taken over” for two weeks by 170 students attending band camp.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 7-22 Child vs Wild Camp 3.jpg Campers learn hazards of the ‛wild’

    Fifteen “Child vs. Wild” campers crowded around a plate full of gooey marshmallows, freshly toasted by camp leaders on a St. Mark Catholic School stovetop Monday.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • MCHS, Caudill win world archery titles

    Caudill Middle School and Madison Central High School won their divisions in the National Archery in Schools Program World Championships in Madison, Wisc. this past weekend

    The win is a third consecutive title for Caudill Middle School and a first for MCHS.

    July 13, 2014

  • 7-12 White Hall principal.jpg Eversole returns to White Hall as principal

    The White Hall Elementary School-based Decision-making Council has selected Monica Eversole as the school’s new principal.
    Eversole was serving as guidance counselor at Lexington’s Dixie Magnet Elementary School.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • School board to save $53,000 yearly by refinancing bonds

    The Madison County School Board authorized issuance of almost $10.5 million in school building revenue bonds at its monthly meeting Thursday.
    The board approved a recommendation from the Madison County School District Finance Corporation to issue slightly more than $10.49 million in bonds to help finance renovation projects at three district elementary schools.

    July 12, 2014

  • Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield

    The kindergarten center that will serve the county’s four Richmond elementary schools will be known as the Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield.
    The Madison County School Board at its monthly meeting Thursday night chose the name for the all-kindergarten academy that will be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School.

    July 10, 2014

  • Naming of kindergarten academy on school board agenda

    Naming of the new kindergarten academy to be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School building is on the Madison County School Board’s agenda Thursday evening.
    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Madison Central High School lecture lab.

    July 8, 2014

  • Bluegrass Christian School closes

    Bluegrass Christian School did not get enough enrollment contracts by June 30, and its board of directors has decided to cease operations.
    The school will be dissolved Aug. 1., according to a Tuesday statement from the six-member board.
    Families may pick up transcripts, records and prepaid tuition or application fees the week of July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the statement added.

    July 2, 2014

AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should Madison County’s three local governing bodies ban smoking in indoor public places?

     View Results