School Nurse

Cindy Stancavage,


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Cindy Stancavage, BSN, RN, NCSN

Hickory High & HCAM

School Nurse

Weekly Schedule:

Monday: HHS 8:00am-4:30pm

Tuesday: HCAM 8:00am-4:30pm

Wednesday: Float Day/ CCPH 8:00am-4:30pm

Thursday: HHS 8:00am-4:30pm

Friday: HHS 8:00am-4:30pm



Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Symptoms can include:

  • 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

This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.

Link to Catawba County Covid-19 New Daily Cases/ Infographics on Covid-19:

Link to Updated Guidelines & Resources Concerning Covid-19 & K-12 students:

To keep the spread of illnesses to a minimum, DO NOT send children that have been sick back to school until you have spoken with the school nurse and received a return date! Contact the school nurse immediately upon the student's first absent day if the student is having covid like symptoms or has had a "potential" covid exposure. All quarantine related absences must be discussed with and approved by the school nurse in order to be excused.


  • FEVER: Students must be without a fever for 24 hours (without medication) prior to return to school

  • VOMITING/DIARRHEA: Students must stay home for 24 hours from their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea (without medication)

  • COMMUNICABLE/INFECTIOUS CONDITIONS: Students must remain home for 24 hours from their first dose of antibiotics for anything like strep throat, pink eye, etc.! Students may return to school when fever, vomiting, and diarrhea free without medication to control these symptoms and it has been

Important prevention tips:

*FOLLOW the 3Ws: WEAR, WASH, WAIT: WEAR your mask, WASH your hands, & Wait at least 6 feet apart

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough; or cough and sneeze into your sleeve (right at the bend of the arm).

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often. Alcohol based hands sanitizers are also useful.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, ears, mouth or nose. Germs spread this way.

The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick. If your child has a fever, he/she should be fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Additional information about hand-washing is on the back and can be found at this link:


If your child has any of the following, they will be sent home:

** Any of the cardinal symptoms of covid: 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, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea

** Report of direct exposure to covid or having household member symptomatic or being tested or testing positive to covid, report of student being tested for covid, or report of student being placed on quarantine by public health.

  • temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher

  • vomiting or diarrhea

  • symptoms of an eye infection

  • an unexplained skin condition

  • other conditions as determined by the school nurse

Differences between a cold and the flu:

Common symptoms of flu include:

  • high fever

  • severe headache

  • muscle and body aches

  • exhaustion and dry cough

  • a child may have vomiting and diarrhea

Symptoms of a common cold include:

  • Sneezing & stuffy nose

  • sore throat

  • hacking cough

  • possible low grade fever

Please keep phone numbers updated in the school office. When your child is sick or injured, we need to be able to contact someone immediately.

*******Medication at School*******

Our school has a written policy to assure the safe administration of medication to students during the school day. To minimize disruptions in the school day, parents should arrange for a student to take medications at home whenever possible. However, if your child must have medication during school hours, including over-the-counter medication, you have the following choices:

  1. You may come to the school and give the medication to your child at the appropriate time(s).

  2. You may obtain a copy of a medication authorization form from the school nurse or the school secretary (link to form below). Take the form to your child’s physician. The form must be completed by the physician for both prescription and over-the-counter medications. The form must be signed by the parent/guardian and the physician.

    1. Prescription medicines must be brought to school in a pharmacy labeled container. The prescription label instructions must match the medication authorization form completed by the physician.

    2. Over-the-counter medicines must be received in the original container, labeled with the child’s name, and will be administered according to the instructions on the medication authorization form completed by the physician.

  3. You may discuss alternative medication administration schedules with your child’s physician (i.e., before school, after school).

  4. Self-carry /Self-administer: In accordance with G.S. 115C-375.2 and G.S. 115C-47, students requiring medication for asthma, anaphylactic reactions (or both), and diabetes, may self-medicate with physician authorization, parent permission, and a student agreement for self-carried medication. The student must demonstrate the necessary knowledge and developmental maturity to safely assume responsibility for the management of self-carry medications.

  • School personnel will not accept medication unless it is received in an appropriately labeled container, accompanied by a properly completed medication authorization form, signed by both the parent/guardian and the physician.

  • Due to possible adverse reactions, students should not receive a first dose of any medication at school if they have not taken the medication previously at home.

All medications and authorization forms must be reviewed by the school nurse before the medication will be administered to the student. If you have questions about the policy, or other issues related to the administration of medication in the school, please contact the school nurse.

**Medication order form must be signed by the parent and completed and signed by the physician:

School Health Guidelines & Resources

*Important Note From Your School Nurse:

*I Need to Stay Home From School If:

HPS Student Emergency Form: *Needed for every student- Update As Needed and submit to School Nurse* It is very important that your contact information/ emergency contacts and medical conditions are kept up to date! - Call Data Manager- Melissa Stone 828-322-5860 Ext 1123 to get your personalized link for Power School Enrollment- Updates to your/your student's accounts including address changes, contact phone numbers, and medical information is now updated on Power School Enrollment.

HPS Medication Policy:

HPS Medication Authorization Form:

Immunization Requirements for Entry into NC Public School:

Note to Parents of Class of 2021 Regarding Meningococcal Booster (2nd MCV) Requirement:

Meningococcal Fact Sheet:

Teen Vaccine Awareness (video):

NC Health Assessment Legislation:

NC Health Assessment Form:

Local Resources for Immunizations & NC Health Assessments:

List of Local Providers Accepting Medicaid:

Local Dental Resources:

Local Vision Resources:

Special Diet Orders:

Diabetes Care Plan For Physician to Complete (* Submit to School Nurse ASAP if applicable):

Procedure Orders For Any Medical Procedure (*Even if done independently by student at school- Submit to School Nurse ASAP if applicable):

COVID 19 links:

**A few updates were made to the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit on Friday, November 19th. The changes are in RED throughout the document. **

**The Toolkit now reflects the recent eligibility for children ages 5-11 to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As we shared last week, K-12 Vaccine Operational guidance has also been updated to reflect the recent change in eligibility for children ages 5-11 with additional resources for families. **

** The Toolkit was also updated to clarify that the physical distancing recommendations only apply to inside the school building (see page 11). Students should not be expected to remain physically distant when they are outside for recess or other outdoor activities. **

**Healthier Generation has a vaccine virtual hub that includes resources and tools for districts, schools, and families to support increasing knowledge and confidence to boost vaccine rates for school-age youth. **