John Bapst has Registered Nurse Shyla Waring on staff, with regular office hours daily from 7:45 am – 12:30 pm and Rebecca Cowan, with regular hours from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. They are available at (207) 947-0313 ext.122 and they may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office is on the second floor of John Bapst.
As the health services expert, the school nurse serves as the health professional for the John Bapst school community. Some of the services provided include: illness and injury assessments and interventions, health assessments, vaccination clinics (such as flu shot clinics), training and Red Cross certification for first aid and CPR for students and faculty.
Visit the School Nurse If
- If you are feeling ill while at school
- If you need medication either over the counter or prescription
- If you are injured either on or off campus
- If you need to talk with an adult in confidence about medical or personal issues
- If you suffer from a chronic illness so a plan of action can be put in place for your safety and well-being while at school.
Chronic Conditions Requiring Medication
If you suffer from asthma, or have a severe allergic reaction or diabetes and carry and administer an inhaler, epi-pen or insulin you must have an MD prescription, signed parental permission, and have demonstrated to the nurse that you are safely able to carry and administer those specific medications in order to do so. Please review the Medication Administration Policy.
If you suffer from asthma, please download the following action plan from the Maine Asthma Prevention and Control Program, fill it out, and submit it to the school nurse.
All students must be in compliance with the Maine immunization laws which indicate high school students should have 5 DPT; 2 MMR; 4 IVP/OVP (Polio),1 Varicella (chickenpox), and 1 MCV4 (Meningococcal). 2 MCV4 are required for 12th grade entry, only one dose is required if the 1st dose is given on or after the 16th birthday. Students must either submit proof of immunization or complete and submit the Immunization Exemption Form. For information on required vaccinations, please consult the Immunization requirements for school children
Traditionally, John Bapst has a flu shot clinic during the school year. Students will be given notice when this or other such clinics are scheduled.
Concussions and Athletics
The Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) reports that ten percent of athletes will experience a concussion annually. Even the most mild trauma can have lasting affects, especially if it occurs during the formative high school years. The lack of proper management and diagnosis can lead to serious problems, including depression, more head traumas, and even death. John Bapst is working with MCMI to have baseline testing done for all John Bapst athletes so that in the event of an injury there is information to compare for the design of a more appropriate and helpful treatment plan.
Last year 100 athletes received baseline testing and this year that number will increase to 300. In addition to having a baseline test to provide to their physician for comparison, the school will have information important for parents in the event their student suffers from a concussive injury. The CDC has information available on their website regarding concussions and traumatic brain injury at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/index.html