School Nurse

Cindy Stancavage,


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Cindy Stancavage, BSN, RN, NCSN

Hickory High

School Nurse

Weekly Schedule:

Monday: HHS 8:15am-4:30pm

Tuesday: HHS 8:15am-4:30pm

Wednesday: CCPH 8:15am-4:30pm or HHS- Float Day

Thursday: HHS 8:15am-4:30pm

Friday: HHS 8:15am-4:30pm

School Health Assistant Corner:

LaToya Miller, School Health Assistant

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00pm



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.

IF Students OR any Household Member have had any potential symptoms of covid, they must have a negative covid PCR test or remain out of school 10 days (*May continue remote learning from home during this time). Once the 10 days are complete or they have had a negative covid test, they must also meet the guidelines below in order to return to school!

  • They have been without a fever for 24 hours (without medication)

  • It has been 24 hours since their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea

  • It has been 24 hours since their first dose of antibiotics for anything like strep throat, pink eye, etc.

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:

We have reached the peak of cold and flu season in NC! It still isn't too late to get a flu shot now! Flu shots provide protection for at least 6 months and are the best way to protect yourself from the flu virus! We are already seeing cases of the flu reported daily so it is essential to make sure you are protected!

Even healthy children can get sick with flu and have serious complications. Flu shots are a fast, easy way to help keep children healthy this fall and winter. In fact, flu vaccination significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from flu. Your child can get a flu shot in a variety of places – pediatrician and other physician offices, some pharmacies, and at Catawba County Public Health. Other ways to prevent the flu include frequent, thorough handwashing, cleaning surfaces with disinfectant, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Incluso los niños sanos pueden enfermarse de gripe y tener complicaciones graves. Las vacunas contra la gripe son una manera rápida y fácil de ayudar a mantener a los niños saludables este otoño e invierno. De hecho, la vacuna contra la gripe reduce significativamente el riesgo de que un niño muera de gripe. Su hijo puede vacunarse contra la gripe en una variedad de lugares: consultorios de pediatras y otros médicos, algunas farmacias y en Salud Pública del Condado de Catawba. Otras formas de prevenir la gripe incluyen lavarse las manos con frecuencia, limpiar las superficies con desinfectante y cubrirse la boca cuando tose y/o estornuda.

Along with other illnesses seen frequently at school, including strep throat, stomach viruses, pink eye, etc.

Below are some reminders to help keep our students healthy.


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. **