About our nurse
Kari Banks, BSN, RN, NSCN is the school nurse at SAA. She joined the staff in August 2006. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. Mrs. Banks graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Columbia Union College (currently Washington Adventist University) in 1986. She is also certified by the National Board for the Certification of School Nurses.
Mrs. Banks has worked in various health settings such as the Newborn Nursery, Labor and Delivery (23 years) and Community Health.
There are three Certified Medication Technicians (Mrs. Terri Sheahin and Mr. Greg Macalinao) that work with Mrs. Banks when needed. All SAA Faculty and Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR/AED.
Our Health Information
Spencerville Adventist Academy's Health Room strives to keep our students in excellent physical, social and mental health in order to be successful in his/her education experience. We work closely with the Guidance Counselor, Athletic Director and Administration. All medical information is kept confidential.
Medications in school
Students at SAA are not allowed to self-carry medications at school (whether prescription or over-the counter, such as Advil), without a medication form on file. This is in accordance with Maryland State Law.
Medication forms are required for any medications to be administered while in school. This applies to both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Parents can medicate their own students at any time when they come to campus.
If your child has frequent headaches or other discomforts, please consider having medication at school for him/her. Maryland State Law does not allow for staff to administer stock medications to students---we must have a doctor's written order on a Medication Form and the appropriate medication. All medications must be delivered to the Health Room by an adult and in it's original container with the completed form.
Maryland state guidelines require that students MUST be fever free (less than 100 degrees) and without vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours to attend school. Please do not send students to school who are ill, after giving them medications such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Please notify Mrs. Banks of any changes in your students' health status. Any communicable diseases, such as lice, chicken pox, measles, etc. must be reported immediately to the School Nurse. All information will be kept confidential. More information can be found using this link.
Health Forms for ALL NEW students (due at time of application):
- Medication Administration (if applicable)
- Lead Form (PK, K and 1st only)
- Immunization Record
- Physical Exam (completed within last 9 months)
Health Forms for all 6th Graders and FRESHMEN
ATHLETICS/SPORTS PHYSICALS- A Sports Physical is required of all Middle School and High School Students that are wishing to participate with an Athletic Team (Soccer, Baseball, etc.) including Acro (gymnastics). Either a regular Physical Exam or Sports Physical Form will be accepted. The exam is valid for a 12 month period. This form must be on file prior to try-outs.
Also, all those students entering 6th and 9th Grades are required to have a current year physical on file prior to the school year starting. This physical will also apply to the Sports Physical requirement.
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