School Nurse

    Cindy Stancavage, 


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Cindy Stancavage,


School Nurse

Hickory High School 

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

School Nurse Purpose: Why We Are Here:

As school nurses in Catawba County, we are funded as a public health response team for meeting our community's needs. 

We can be activated in times of community health crisis to address immediate situations such as pandemics, or to staff shelters in the aftermath of tornadoes or floods. 

Otherwise, our assignment is to serve as school nurses station in our assigned schools within the county where we provide an on-site Public Health presence.

Our role is to help school age children be healthy and ready to learn.


Our Mission As School Nurses: How We Uniquely Accomplish This




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:

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.

If your child tests positive for Covid-19, the CDC recommendation is that they should stay home 5 days from the symptom start date and wear a mask for 5 additional days upon their return to school.  Your child must be fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication prior to returning to school.

ATTENTION***Schools and school nurses are not quarantining or keeping track of exposures to Covid-19. Students do not need to be kept home due to exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 as long as they are not having symptoms themselves***

ATTENTION***If your child is absent from school due to a positive Covid test, send in a note to the School Secretary within 3 days of return to school just as you would with any other illness***. 


Important respiratory illness prevention tips:

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


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.

Differences between a cold and the flu:

Common symptoms of flu include:

Symptoms of a common cold include:

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! It is also important that the school has your updated address so that you can receive any important messaging sent out by mail!

*******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: 


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 a part of PowerSchool Enrollment each school year. Contact your child's school nurse  as needed if their are significant health condition changes or hospitalizations throughout the school year. 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 PowerSchool Enrollment- Updates to your/your student's accounts including address changes, contact phone numbers, and medical information is now updated on PowerSchool Enrollment.

HPS Medication Policy:

HPS Medication Authorization Form: Required for every medication including inhalers!!

Immunization Requirements for Entry into NC Public School:

Note to Parents Regarding Meningococcal Booster (2nd MCV) Requirement for students by Age 17 or First day of 12th Grade:

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):

**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. **