Welcome to a healthier life!
- CASA Nurse Ann Stillwater, M. Ed. RN CSN (PA)
As the full-time certified school nurse, I seek to improve lifetime health for the CASA community. After providing school nursing services to thousands of students in Ohio and Pennsylvania, I have resources for a wide variety of health concerns.
Medications at school
If your student needs prescription or over-the-counter medicine at school, have their health care provider complete a physician medication order form, found on the Parent/Student page of the website. A new form is required each school year or anytime there is a change or discontinuation of the medication. I am working towards standing orders in place for the 2020-21 school year. Then, only the parent/guardian needs to sign, authorizing certain over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen at school.
The State of Pennsylvania 11th grade Physical Exam and 12th grade Immunization requirements
11th grade -a physical examination for all 11th grade students. Paperwork may be completed based on private exams within one year prior to a student’s entry into 11th grade. This means that 10th grade students may have the form completed on exams done during 10th grade. If your student plans to get a driver's license learner's permit, PennDot requires a physical on their form. You can ask the health care provider to complete both exam forms at the same time. If insurance coverage is an issue, please contact me for assistance.
12th grade-a meningitis vaccine BEFORE THE START of the school year, after the student is 16 years old. These are usually given at the 11th grade physical.
The physician medication order form and 11th grade physical exam forms are on the Parents/Students page of the website. It is wise to keep copies of medical paperwork at home.
Illness during the school day
Students who are ill and wish to go home must go through the nurse. If your student calls please contact the nurse before having someone pick up your student.
It is a good idea for students to keep extra clothes in their locker.
Keep the School Informed
Your student’s health and safety are very important to the entire CASA community.
We request that parents/guardians call, email, or visit the nursing office to report and discuss student health concerns. When the nurse is informed about a student's injury, illness, hospitalization, or surgery, it facilitates a smooth transition back to school.
Please also inform the nurse of any life-threatening allergies, new medical diagnoses and serious injuries such a fracture that requires the use of crutches or other mobility assistance
New life threatening food/bee sting/latex allergies, long term medications, diagnoses with or without medications/treatments, and fractures are examples of situations that should be reported to the school nurse.
If your student has lice, ringworm, impetigo, conjunctivitis (pink eye), scabies, chicken pox, mumps, measles, influenza or another serious or vaccine-preventable disease, please notify the nurse.
Concussions: If your student sustains a concussion, please obtain a note from the health care provider that states a diagnosis of concussion. There are accommodations that are made for students as they recover. If recovery takes more a month, the state’s Brain Steps specialist can be consulted for additional assistance.
The nurse will work with the student and family to ensure that the medical needs are met at school and to maximize educational time.
I am generally more available for phone calls 8- 10:30 and 1:30-3:30 PM. Feel free to call anytime and leave a message if necessary. Substitute nurses are often only here over lunch time
Please contact me with any questions or concerns!
Nurse Ann Stillwater M.Ed., RN, CSN (PA)
CASA Certified School Nurse