Batesville Primary School has a fully staffed health care clinic that provides extensive health services to our students and community. The BPS Health Services Department follows the recommendations of the National Association of School Nurses. BPS student needs include; immunizations, obesity, diabetes, asthma, heart and vascular diseases, joint and muscular problems, high blood pressure, leukemia, brain tumors, seizure disorders, attention deficit disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, and multiple life threatening food allergies.
Daily nursing responsibilities and activities:
- Facilitate positive student responses to normal development.
- Promote health and safety.
- Intervene with actual and potential health problems.
- Provide case management services.
- Actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.
- Partner with outside agencies: Margaret Mary Health, Southeastern Indiana YMCA, Ripley County Health Department, and others.
Programs that the School Nurses schedule and organize are:
- Head Lice Education and Screenings
- Body Mass Index, Heights, and Weights grades 1-10
- Hand Washing Program grades 1-8
- Blood Pressure checks for grades 1-10
- Facilitate BHS mentor students, Ivy Tech nursing students, and IU Medical Students
- Staff Wellness: onsite Health and Wellness screening, Walk America activity program, Staff Healthy Breakfast Event and Health Fair
- Staff is educated in Blood Borne Pathogens, use of the Epi-Pen, andcertified in CPR/AED.
- Coordinated School Health Program, which is an approach to school health that improves student health wellness and their capacity to learn through the support of families, schools, and communities, all working together.
For additional information about the BPS Health Services Department, contact Director of Health Services, Gayla Vonderheide or BPS School Nurse, Laurie Krieg.