Health Services Information

Update 3/16/2020 - Lamar R-1 Wellness Closure


3/15/2020


Lamar R-I School District continues to actively monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in conjunction with local and federal health authorities.  We have also received guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 


While there are currently no known cases of the virus in our area, we are proactively working to have a plan should it be needed.  At this point, we are not altering our daily school schedule. If the situation should change in our community, public health officials may recommend specific measures to lessen the possibility of the spread of the viruses in our schools. Please be assured that the health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority.  


If parents or guardians do not feel comfortable sending their kids to school due to concerns associated with COVID-19, please contact the school building to report the student as absent.  According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, students will be coded as absent, however, the district will report it as an excused absence. The district requests anyone who has traveled to a high level area to:  follow the CDC guidelines, no school activities until further notice, and make contact with BCHD.  


Please continue to educate your children on the preventative measures they can take to protect themselves from colds and the flu, which are the same measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw away the tissue. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Students with acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to school until they are free of fever (under 100° F) and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines such as cough suppressants.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as phones, toys, and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and/or after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

We will work closely with our team of health professionals, the Barton County Health Department and the state of Missouri to keep our patrons informed of changing developments.


March 6, 2020 The health and safety of Lamar R-I students, staff, families and community is extremely important to us.  The district is monitoring the current situation with both flu and Coronavirus or COVID-19.  While there are currently no known cases of the Coronavirus in our attendance area (nor in our state), we are proactively working with our local health agencies and monitoring CDC guidance for regular updates related to the virus and potential exposure in the U.S. and Missouri.

In the meantime, we urge all families to continue to maintain healthy habits as we do during any cold and flu season.  Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:  

  • Wash hands often with soap and water 
  • If not available, use hand sanitizer 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick  
  • Stay home while you are sick 
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing 
  • Do not send your child back to school or school related events following an illness until symptom-and fever-free (100F or greater) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever- or symptom-reducing medications. 

The District will continue to work with the Barton County Health Department as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and novel coronavirus. It is recommended that everyone reconsider even independent travel to any country with a CDC warning Level 3 (Avoid Non-Essential Travel) or State Department Travel Advisory of Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or Level 4 (Do Not Travel).  Anyone traveling to a foreign country should consider taking advantage of the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Please be assured that our staff will continue to keep an eye on illness in our schools, as is our standard practice and if we receive any word of a case in our area or our schools or if we receive any guidance from county, state or federal health professionals, we will certainly share that with our staff, students and parents.

 

Thank you for doing your part!

 

Where can I find more information?


LAMAR R-1 SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES 

202 W. 7th. Lamar, MO 64759

Diana Ball, BSN, RN, Health Services Coordinator, High School/LCTC

Kim Howarth, LPN, Middle/West Elementary School

Debbie England, Health Clerk, East Primary

January 13, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services requires students to receive one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) before entering the 12th grade.  The CDC recommends this vaccine be given at age 16.

For your convenience, the above vaccine will be offered to all students 16 years old & older, during a School Shot Clinic to be held at our school by the Barton County Health Department.  In addition to the above vaccine, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, will be offered as well.  It is given in three doses to children 15 to 18 years of age.  The HPV shot is recommended but NOT required for school attendance.

Please fill out and sign the shaded areas on the attached Immunization Consent & History form for each child.  Please note a few specific instructions:

  • If your child has Medicaid through an HMO, the Medicaid number and the HMO number is required on the Immunization Consent & History form
  • If your child has private insurance, fill out and sign the attached insurance information form in addition to the Immunization Consent & History form
  • If your child is uninsured, underinsured, or is Alaskan Native or Native American, only fill out the Immunization Consent & History form

If you have any questions, please call me or the Health Department at (417) 682-3363.  Please return completed forms to the school by Tuesday, January 28th. You may keep the “Vaccine Information Statements” for your records.

Sincerely,

Diana Ball, BSN, RN

Health Services Coordinator

Immunization Consent and History: High School

Insurance Form/Consent: High School



LAMAR R-1 SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM

202 W. 7th. Lamar, MO 64759

Diana Ball, BSN, RN, Health Services Coordinator, High School/LCTC

Kim Howarth, LPN, West Elementary/Middle School

Debbie England, Health Clerk, East Primary

Dear Parent/Guardian:


The Miles for Smiles mobile dental unit will be coming to Lamar schools the week of August 26th – 30th & September 4th – 6th.  The program has specific guidelines that must be followed in order to qualify for dental care.  Students who (1) have Medicaid (2) have MO HealthNet or (3) who have NO dental insurance may be eligible for this program.  


If you are interested in this program for your student(s), please print off the below form, complete & sign.  Bring the form back to your building’s office as soon as possible.   If you qualify, Miles for Smiles staff will contact the Health Services Program at the school & we will send out further information.


You may contact me with any questions at 682-5571 ext. 413.


Diana Ball, BSN, RN

Health Services Coordinator


Miles for Smiles Consent Form

Virtual Visits Consent Form

Spanish Virtual Visits Consent Form

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