Thank you Mount Vernon community for staying informed, taking care of yourselves and taking care of each other during this pandemic. With the constant changing situation and the amount of information out on the internet, it is crucial to make sure you have credible up-to-date information from reliable sources. Below are links to keep you accurately informed as it changes in the upcoming days and weeks.
It is also important to know what to do if you or a family member becomes ill. The best source of advice is always your family doctor. We have also included links to local and national resources for additional information.
Links for Health Care
- Unity Point Health
- Mercy Care
- University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
- CDC Self Checker (see orange Self Checker box on the right side of the page)
- Local support and Resources- Dial 211
Linn County Public Health
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- What you need to know
- Guidance to plan,prepare and respond to COVID-19 at home
- Guidance for higher risk individuals
World Health Organization
Johns Hopkins Real Time Map
Coping Skills Resource - click here
What does a school nurse do?
Care is provided for students who become ill, are injured, or need treatments and/or medication for long or short-term health issues during the school day. The school nurses provide preventive health education and services which may include screenings, immunization record keeping, health education and monitoring attendance and health trends. We work in collaboration with local, state and national health organizations to follow best practice at the schools. The school nurses also serve as a resource for any health related issues for students, families and the classroom.
A Reminder From the Nurse
The cold and flu season is a good time for a reminder that students are not allowed to carry either over the counter or prescription medication at school.
Over-the-counter medication is available in the school nurse's office. Parents provide permission for the school to administer over-the-counter medications during the registration process. If your child takes an over the counter medication that is not available in the nurse's office please contact Nurse Linda.
If your child requires prescription medication during the school day, please complete a Medication at School form and contact Nurse LInda.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) information click here
We are fast approaching influenza season and flu vaccines are now widely available. Flu vaccines are the best way to prevent influenza and are recommended for everyone 6 months old and older. Stopping the spread of influenza is possible: Stay home when you have a fever and for 24 hours after the fever is gone and practice good respiratory hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often and not touching your T-Zone (eyes nose and mouth). Hand sanitizer and tissues are made available throughout the school class rooms and buildings. Contact your school nurse for more information or assistance to obtain the flu vaccine.
A Letter From the School Nurses
Parent Guide to the Flu
How to prevent influenza
What's the difference between a cold and the flu?
What to do if you get sick
Caring for someone with influenza
Fluview: USA map of influenza activity
Vaping, E cigarettes, Juuls and more
Things you need to know
CDC Vaping Infographic
Parents Guide to Vaping
The Vape Talk American Lung Assoc. Parent Guide
What teens should know
Jenna Wear, RN, BSN
Elementary School Nurse
319-895-6251 ext. 2003
Heidi Ryan, ES Health Associate
Megan Krapfl, Rn, BSN
Middle School Nurse
319-895-6254 ext. 3003
High School Nurse
319-895-8843 ext. 4223
Kim Fall, MS Health Associate
Ann Dew, HS Health Associate
Kids in Need
Kids in Need is a nonprofit program that assists families in the school district in time of need as well as offering different programs throughout the year.
Two programs that run year round are the Weekend Snack Pack Program and the Slow Cooker Program. Please contact the school nurses for more information or to sign up.
Look for upcoming information for holiday programs that include Thanksgiving Dinner meal packs and the Christmas Wishlist Program.
If your family needs assistance please don't hesitate to reach out to one of the school nurses.
Winter Energy Assistance
Utility bills can skyrocket during the cold winter months. Now is the time to apply for energy assistance. Click here for information. If you need assistance completing the application, contact your school nurse
Health Information Required for School Attendance
Who is required to have: