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Lara Kiester



District Site Nurse: Karen Dillon RN

Site Health Clerk: Lara Kiester

Hello, my name is Lara Kiester and I am the Health Clerk here at Gardner Middle School. Our site RN is Karen Dillon,


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Influenza is an airborne viral respiratory condition characterized by symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, and myalgia. Illness can be mild to severe. Persons with a compromised immune system or a chronic respiratory condition may be at increased risk for complications


The recommendation from the Health Departments is to encourage students, parents, and staff to take everyday prevention steps.


 Promote good respiratory etiquette. It is recommended that ill persons cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, or to cough into their elbows.


 Encourage good hand hygiene, which means hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds. o If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol may be used.


 Surfaces that are touched often should be routinely cleaned using the general cleaning products already in use and following the manufacturer’s instructions. o These surfaces may include desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, any hands on learning objects, faucet handles, and phones.


Encourage students and staff who are ill to stay home. Students who are ill with flu like symptoms should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fevers are gone (without the use of medicine).


Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like this mother teaching her young child to wash hands.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Students that require to wear a cast, brace or sling and/or need to use crutches or a wheelchair during school hours require a physician authorization form.


The- Physical Activity Recommendation for Students with Orthopedic Appliance/Equipment form -  needs to be filled out and signed by your physician before the student can return to school.  


The forms is available in the health office or click on the following link:Orthopedic Appliance - Equipment authorization form.pdf