Health Services

Welcome to Health Services

Health Services are managed by Carol Inniss, BSN, RN, who is a certified school nurse with many years of experience in nursing, pediatrics and school health. Our school clinics are staffed through the school day by healthcare paraprofessionals. Our goal is to assist students with health issues that impact their participation in the education program.
Please scroll down through the items below for information on currrent health topics.  Over on the right side are links to downloadable forms and flyers. 
Carol Inniss, BSN, RN, School Nurse

Flu Shots can protect you and everyone around you!

 New Flu Information for 2017-2018

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Call your healthcare provider, go to a retail pharmacy, or contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to get a flu vaccine. 
When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?

The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round, however, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March.

What should I do to protect myself from flu this season?

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.

In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. In addition, there are prescription medications called antiviral drugs that can be used to treat influenza illness. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports Mumps outbreak.

 From January 1, 2017 to September 9, 2017, there have been 4,439 cases of mumps in 47 states and the District of Columbia.  

What is mumps?   

The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides (parotitis)

Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection.

Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often they do not know they have the disease.  Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.  However,

Complications include:

  • inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in males who have reached puberty; rarely does this lead to fertility problems
  • inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
  • inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) and/or breast tissue (mastitis)
  • deafness


College campuses are often the site of outbreaks because students live and socialize closely together.  These students will soon be returning to their family homes for Winter Break and could spread mumps to their home communities also. 

Click on this link for more information on mumps, the outbreak and the importance of vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella diseases.
Contact your healthcare provider or the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for immunizations if you or your child are not properly immunized against Mumps.

Immunization Requirements for the 2017-18 school year.

FOR 7TH GRADERS:  All students entering 7th grade are required to have one dose of Meningococcal vaccine and one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) prior to the start of the school year in August 2017. 

FOR SENIORS:  In addition, all students entering the 12th grade are required to have two doses of Meningococcal vaccine prior to the start of the school year in August 2017.  If a student received their first dose after their 16th birthday, then just one dose is required.

Your healthcare provider can administer these vaccines or you can contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2041 for an appointment at one of their clinics. 
Click on this link for more information on this deadly disease and the vaccine that can prevent it.  .Meningococcal Vaccine and Disease Q & A 
If your child has already had these vaccines, please provide an updated vaccine record to the school either by fax, scan or sending in a copy with your student to drop off at the Clinic. 
Please contact Mrs. Inniss, RN, School Nurse for any questions at

Information on Head Lice

Click on the link below for helpful information if your child has head lice or has been exposed to head lice.
Click here for a presentation on Head Lice.

When Filling Your Child's Prescriptions for School

When supplying prescriptions to the school, we must have the medication in the bottle as it came from the pharmacy.  If you need to keep medication at home, please put the home supply in a separate bottle so that school can have the prescription bottle.  These are rules stipulated in the law for medication in school.

How can Health Services help parents?

When Students are Ill   Please click on this link if you are not sure if your child should attend school due to possible illness.
Health Screenings:  Health Services provides the following screenings.  If your child does not pass the screening, a referral letter will be sent to you. 
  • Distance Visual Acuity is done on students in Preschool, KG, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9th grades.
  • Hearing screening is done on students in Preschool, KG, 1, 3, 5, 9 and 11th grades.
  • Posture screening is done on all 7th grade students.
  • Lice screenings are done on close contacts of a student who has been identified as having this condition.

Students with Asthma

If school staff need to give your child asthma medication
Description of steps to follow in assisting your student with asthma

Physician's Statement of Exam

This form was sent home if your child was not able to pass the vision screening in school and a suggestion has been made for followup with a vision professional.
Eye exam performed for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Allergy Information

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