School Nurse

Welcome to the school nurse page at Stockbridge Community Schools! 

Our goal is to support the safety, health and wellness of our students. We believe that a healthy community and staff is a big part of this. Therefore, we also aim to provide students, staff, and community members the opportunity for health education and programs. We hope to be a beneficial resource to students, staff and parents.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or health needs.

COVID-19 continues to be a part of our day to day lives at school. We will continue to follow the guidelines providedby Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and our local health department. 

COVID-19 testing is available, both in person and through our backpack program. Please contact the school nurse for questions about COVID-19 testing. 

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Backpack Program

If you or your student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and you wish to test, contact your student’s school building to request CVID-19 tests.  We will send tests home in your student’s backpack. Please report any positive results to the school. 

In-person Testing

On the specific dates identified below, Stockbridge Community Schools will provide an optional drive-thru COVID-19 testing opportunity for all staff and students 7 a.m.-8:15 a.m. in the west Heritage School bus loop.  

Consent is required for in-person testing. Please complete the required Consent Form prior to your arrival.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms and those who test positive for COVID-19 must remain home from school for five days from the onset of symptoms and/or positive test.

Please notify the School office if your child becomes ill with COVID-19 or if you have any questions or concerns.  Further information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Jennifer Matthews, a Registered Nurse since 2011, has worked as a community nurse for the last eight years. She also has had an active role as a volunteer within the Jackson County foster care system. This included fostering ten children in her home. Jen has a true passion for helping others realize their full potential and helping individuals find their voice in regard to their health and the healthcare system. Jennifer can be found primarily at the Jr/SR High school, but you will see her floating around Smith and Heritage, as she is the district's full-time RN.

Tracie Lentz, a Registered Nurse since 2011, works at the University of Michigan Hospital in the Adult Surgical ICU. Tracie has also worked at Stockbridge Community Schools off and on over the last five years providing nursing support. She has been an active member of the Panther Cubs PTO since 2016 and thrives on seeing the school community flourish. Tracie is employed part-time and is seen mostly at Smith and Heritage schools. She does go to the Jr/Sr High school when needed.

Please notify the school if your student is experiencing an illness or injury that will prevent them from attending school. 

Communicable Disease

Communicable disease control is an integral part of school health services. The school follows current public health practices and rules and regulations governing the control and prevention of communicable diseases that are set up by the State and County Health Departments. Please help us by keeping your child at home when the following symptoms appear: coughing, sore throat, runny nose, chills, ear or eye discharge, upset stomach, fever, infected sores, swollen glands, or a contagious rash. If your child becomes ill during school hours, we will notify you. Please be sure we have the correct emergency numbers for your child. 

Communicable Diseases

Disease May Return to School Approximate Time
Fifth Disease 
May return with rash if no fever or distress 1-3 days
Common Cold Reduction of cough and runny nose, no feve 1-6 days
Chicken Pox No new eruptions or fever, may have old dry scabs 1 week
Hand, Foot and Mouth May return when respiratory symptoms improve, and no secretions from blisters are present Varies
Hepatitis Doctor permission only Varies
Impetigo Doctor permission or clearing of condition 24 hours after first medication
Measels (Rubella) No rash, fever, red eyes, or red nose 4-10 days
Mumps No swelling or fever 1-2 weeks
Pink Eye Doctor permission or clear eyes evident Varies
Head/Body Lice
Until all lice and nits are gone 1-7 days
Strep Infection Doctor permission, depends on severity of condition Varies
COVID-19 Symptom free 5 days

*Students must be fever free and not vomited for 24 hours before returning to school. 

*Children and staff diagnosed with certain communicable diseases, including COVID-19 may have to be excluded for a certain period of time.


In order to protect all children, parents should provide a statement from the attending physician when a child returns to school from a serious illness or injury that indicates:

  1. The exact nature of illness or injury.
  2. The child’s present physical, mental, and emotional state.
  3. Specific special needs for the child (i.e., special seating, rest periods, safety precautions).
  4. Limitations for physical and mental activities.


Students, teachers, and supervisors are asked to report all school and playground accidents to the office. When necessary, an accident report is completed. Any time the office is informed of a serious injury, the office will notify the parents/guardians.

Head/Body lice

Head lice is a common condition which can be transmitted among people especially among children whose hats and jackets are close together. Itching or scratching may be a sign of lice, but sometimes there are no signs until you look closely. Until a child is lice and nit free, they may not ride the bus or attend school. A check will be required in the main office when the child returns.


COVID-19 testing is available upon request.  Please contact the school nurse for testing needs.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services regulations, all students must meet the immunization requirements set by the State of Michigan for attendance at school in order to enroll or attend.

There are three circumstances in which a required vaccination may be waived or delayed:

  • A valid medical contraindication exists to receive the vaccine. The child’s physician must certify the contraindication in writing. 
  • The parents hold religious or philosophical beliefs against receiving a vaccination. Completion of the non medical waiver process through your local health department is required. 
  • The child has received at least one dose of each immunizing agent and the next dose(s) are not due yet. 

For more information about immunizations contact your local health department.

Ingham County Community Mental Health
812 Jolly Rd Lansing MI 48910

Jackson County Community Mental Health, Lifeways
1200 N W Ave Jackson MI 49202

Livingston County Community Mental Health Services
2280 E Grand River Ave, Howell MI 48843

Washtenaw County Community Mental Health
555 Towner Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Each year school staff must be notified of a student’s health concern or chronic condition.  It is important to do this so staff is prepared to meet the needs of your child in the event of an emergency.  Asthma, allergies, diabetes, or seizures may require your child to have medications at school for his/her safety.  Your child will need the appropriate forms below to be filled out by both the parent/guardian and your child’s healthcare provider (for prescription medications) before school staff is able to medicate your child.

If your child has any special health needs other than the above conditions, please contact the School Nurse to discuss an Individualized Health Plan.  At that time, we can discuss accommodations, doctor’s orders and staff training.

Medication includes prescription, non-prescription, and herbal medications, and includes those taken by mouth, by inhaler, those that are injectable, and those applied as drops to the eyes, nose, or medication applied to the skin.

Prescribed Medication Form

The Prescribed Medication Form is required when there is ANY prescription medication that will be on school property. This form needs to be completed in its entirety and signed by both parent/guardian and child's healthcare provider before giving it to your child's building secretary with any medication.

Over the Counter Medication Form

The Over the Counter Medication Form is required for ANY over the counter medication on school property. This form must be completed in its entirety and signed by the parent/guardian before providing to your child's building secretary with any medication.

Any necessary provided at school should be delivered by a parent or guardian.  Please do not send any medication to school with your student. 

New Forms must be completed each and every year.

Contact the School Nurse with any questions or concerns.

Mental Wellness is as important as physical wellness. The school nurse, school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists are all good resources should your student need mental health assistance.  Below is information regarding local resources for mental health assistance as well.  Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns.

Ingham County Community Mental Health
812 Jolly Rd Lansing MI 48910

Jackson County Community Mental Health, Lifeways
1200 N W Ave Jackson MI 49202

Livingston County Community Mental Health Services
2280 E Grand River Ave, Howell MI 48843

Washtenaw County Community Mental Health
555 Towner Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Text or Call 988 


Smiles on Wheels visits the district twice per year to provide dental care at no cost.  Parents will receive notification when Smiles on Wheels is scheduled to be in the district.

The Ingham County Health Department provides vision and hearing screening services to all children residing in its area at no cost.  The Health Department visits the school periodically throughout the year for vision and hearing screenings.  

If you or your student needs medical insurance, there is help.  Apply for benefits at State Health Insurance Plans.

Find great information on playing sports safely. You will also find sports physical forms and concussion information at MHSAA - Michigan High School Athletic Association.

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Please reach out to your school nurse if additional health and wellness resources are needed. 

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