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New Hope Elementary School Nurse: Lisa Mullane R.N.


New Hope Childrens Clinic:

The NHCC is a non-profit school based health clinic (SBHC) that provides affordable medical care to kids of Southeastern Madison County who might otherwise go without. SBHCs provide critical services without concern for students' ability to pay in a location that meets young people where they are - at school.

Parents must call and make appointments with Ms. Debra Rowles:  256-723-4673



Every student enrolled must have a current “Blue Card” (Alabama Certificate of Immunization) or authorized exemption on file at his or her school.

Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) is recommended for all children 11-12 years of age and for unvaccinated adolescents at high school entry (15 years of age).


Influenza “flu” vaccine is now recommended for all age groups.


Student Exclusion and Illness:

Should a child develop vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever (100 or higher) while at school, school personnel will contact the parent/guardian and request that the child be taken home. 


In the absence of a medical diagnosis or a physician-signed clearance to return to school, students who are ill should be excluded according to the following guidelines:


Recommended Exclusion Period

Fever (100 degrees or higher)

Until 24 hours after the last episode of fever without anti-fever medication


Until 24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea


Until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting

Skin rash with fever

Until 5 days after the onset of the rash and 24 hours after the last episode of fever without anti-fever medication

Strept Throat

Until 24 hours after first dose of antibiotic


Effective hand washing is the most powerful weapon available to fight the transmission of most infections.  However, even when the best efforts are made, students may experience some illness.  Adequate nutrition, rest, and exercise are important in the fight against illness.

Wounds that may spread infection must be covered at all times while at school. 


Medication Policy: 

No medications are stocked at school.   In order for your child to receive a prescribed or over-the-counter medication, a completed School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization Form must be completed by the parent and licensed prescriber. 

Four different over-the-counter medications: Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen ( Motrin or Advil), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) may be administered per package directions no more than twice a week with parent consent only once a School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization Form is completed and an unopened bottle of the medication is signed in by the parent/ guardian with the completed form.


Here is a link to all medication forms required for most of the major health conditions:


Backpack Safety: 

Carrying too heavy of a backpack may affect children’s health and have long-term effects.  Research shows that children carrying more than 10% of their body weight is damaging to their spinal and postural health. 

Possible problems related to carrying heavy backpacks?

  • Strain to the shoulders and back affecting overall ease of movement and causing pain/discomfort
  • Affects balance and posture
  • Spinal problems such as:  scoliosis (crooked spine) and disc degeneration
  • May alter nerve communication
  • Pull bones out of alignment by stretching ligaments/muscles


  • Your backpack should weigh no more than 10% of your body weight
  • Make sure you wear your backpack with both (wide and padded) straps over your shoulders.  Wearing your backpack over just one shoulder puts your spine out of balance and stresses that side
  • See your physician or chiropractor for an exam for early detection or if you are symptomatic
  • Ideally, heavy books should be left at school and handouts and workbooks used for take home work.


Sunscreen in Schools: 

  • Students may possess and use federal Food and Drug Administration regulated over-the-counter sunscreen at school and at school-based events.
  • Any student, parent, or guardian requesting a school board employee to apply sunscreen to a student shall present to the nurse a Parent Prescriber Authorization Form (PPA) containing a parent or guardian signature. A physician signature or physician order shall not be required