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Hearing, Vision, and Scoliosis Screenings

At this time, the school nurse will be conducting vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings on 7th graders only. Students that are brand new to Lancaster County Public Schools will also receive only a hearing and vision screening. The scoliosis portion applies to the 7th graders only. You will soon receive an information packet in the mail about these screenings. If there is an abnormality in any of these screenings, the school nurse will mail you a written notice, notifying you that your student has a deficit in a certain area, and will recommend that you follow up with a physician. Once you have followed up with a physician, please notify the school nurse, as I have to report the number of students that are screened and the number that receive follow up with a doctor. The vision and hearing is mandated by the state of Virginia, the scoliosis screening is not. Therefore, I have to have permission from the parents in order to do the scoliosis screening. If you do not want your child to have the scoliosis screening, please detach the refusal form that was sent to you and mail it back in the self-addressed/ stamped envelope provided.

For Virtual Learners

If your 7th-grade student or if there is a student brand new to Lancaster County Public Schools that are participating in virtual learning, and you would like for them to have the screenings completed, please call the school nurse to set up an appointment time. The appointments will likely be between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. There will be a waiver mailed home in the future for parents of virtual learners to decline screenings for the 2020-2021 school year. If you do not want your virtual learning child to participate in the screenings, simply sign the form and mail it back to school. Health screenings are being waived only for students that are 100% virtual and there must be a written statement from the parent to not participate in screenings. 

Hello LMS Family,

Welcome to the Nurse’s Corner.  My name is Laurel Dillistin, RN, LMS School Nurse. It is a pleasure to serve you, your student, and our wonderful community. I am a native of Lancaster County and was once a student here myself. I hope everyone is well and staying safe. The purpose of this page is to keep everyone informed about health-related items at school. I would like to go over a few items with you and will be sharing the most frequently used health forms that are used during the school year.

Contact Information

Please make sure that your contact information such as phone number, physical/mailing address, and email address are all correct. You may always call the school to update contact information as necessary. This is very important in order to get in touch with you should there be an emergency at school or if your child needs to be picked up. 

Meningococcal Vaccine

The MenACWY (meningococcal) vaccine protects your child against the most common strain of meningitis. This vaccine is a two- part series that is required for rising 7th graders only. The second dose of the vaccine will be given as a rising senior or 12th grader.

Medications

If your child has certain over the counter/ prescription medications or inhalers that are needed during school hours, please contact me so that we can arrange a time to meet for medication drop off and signing of paperwork.  We can meet outside in the front parking lot and I will come to you and you don’t even have to get out of your car. If the front entrance is not open, then we can meet at the 6th grade exit, you may have to enter through the old library entrance. Please leave all medications in their original and labeled bottles. In order for prescription medications to be given, the nurse has to have a signed medication authorization form that has been signed by their doctor and parent.  

If your child has diabetes, asthma, or a seizure disorder, please obtain an action plan from your child’s health care provider so that there will be one on file or feel free to contact me and I will be happy to reach out to the doctor’s office. The action plans outline a plan of care and aide in treatment of your student’s condition. Please see the attached forms for action plans and medication authorization. 

You may call the nurse’s office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. My phone number is 804-462-5100 and my extension is 2018. The fax number here at LMS is 804-435-1682. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns that I may be able to assist with.

Laurel Dillistin RN, BSN

ldillistin@lcs.k12.va.us

804-462-5100 ext. 2018