Welcome to the Lakewood City Schools' Health Services information page!
We believe strongly that the health & wellness of each student is vital to the education process.
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
Preventative Actions to Help Stop the Spread of Germs
The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from respiratory illnesses and help stop the spread of germs. These are the same steps everyone should practice during flu season:
1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. Please let your child's school know if your child has a confirmed case of a respiratory illness such as the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS),
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
You can find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 at the following sites:
Health Services Staff Members
Kathleen Corrigan, BSN, BSEd, MS, RN, LSN
Nurse Corrigan provides oversight to each school's Health Center. Health Centers are staffed daily with trained Educational Aides.
Lakewood High School
Educational Aide: Sheila Sabol
Garfield Middle School
Educational Aide: Dianne Shoemaker
Harding Middle School
Educational Aide: Denise McGuire
Emerson Elementary School
Educational Aide: Susan Hirsch
Grant Elementary School
Educational Aide: Melissa Diemert
Harrison Elementary School
Educational Aide: Eileen Revolinsky
Hayes Elementary School
Educational Aide: Maureen Yantek
Horace Mann Elementary
Educational Aide: Anne Egut
Lincoln Elementary School
Educational Aide: Katie Dieter
Roosevelt Elementary School
Educational Aide: Diana Kantor
Health Services Calendar
When to Keep Your Child Home from School
With your help, school can be a healthy place for all. In order to prevent the spread of illness to others, it is suggested that your child stay home for 24 hours from the onset of:
● Diarrhea (three or more watery bowel movements in a 24 hour period)
● Fever (temperature over 100.4°)
If your child is ill before school, keep him/her at home until your child is symptom free for at least 24 hours.
These guidelines are suggested for the good of all students. A child who returns to school before being completely well runs a risk of infecting others. Exposure to common illnesses could be life threatening to immunocompromised students.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, a physician must evaluate a suspected communicable disease:
● Bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)
● Staphylococcus infections (impetigo, MRSA)
● Streptococcal infections (strep throat)
● Tinea (ringworm)
Per the Ohio Department of Health, if prescribed, your child must complete at least 24 hours of appropriate prescription therapy prior to returning to school. A physician's note must be provided for reentry to school.
Substance Abuse Information:
Ohio Substance Abuse Resources for Students
Bed Bug Information:
Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force - Bed Bug Identification and Treatment Information
Bed Bug Do's and Don'ts
District Action Plan
Head Lice Information:
Head Lice; A Clinical Report - American Academy of Pediatrics
Head Lice Management in the School Setting - National Association of School Nurses
Lakewood City Schools follows the school-aged vaccination requirements established by The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Immunization Program. The ODH Immunization Program seeks to prevent 17 vaccine-preventable diseases (listed below) with currently available vaccines.
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Measles, mumps and rubella
Varicella (chicken pox)
The links below provide specific immunization requirements by grade.
Immunization Requirements K-12
Immunization Requirements Pre-K
Objection to Immunization
Per OHIO STATUTE 3313.671, a pupil who presents a written statement of his parent or guardian in which the parent or guardian objects to the immunization for good cause, including religious
convictions, is not required to be immunized.
Per OHIO STATUTE 3313.671 Section 3313.671 part (4): A child whose physician certifies in writing that such immunization is medically contraindicated is not required to be immunized. You must have a signed statement from your physician stating the medical condition and attach it to a Statement of Objection form.
Exemption status does not limit or impair the right of a board of education of the school district to make and enforce rules to secure immunization against poliomyelitis, rubeola,rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus of the pupils under its jurisdiction.
During the course of an outbreak of any of the aforementioned vaccine preventable diseases, a student named on a Statement of Objection form is subject to exclusion from school for the duration of the outbreak as guided by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. This action is necessary not only to protect this student, but the remainder of the students and faculty of the school.
A Statement of Objection form may be obtained from the Health Center at your child's school.
Lakewood Schools' medication procedure is designed to ensure the health and safety of all students. Prescribed and over-the-counter medications will only be dispensed to those students providing the required authorization forms. See Medication Authorization Forms. A medication authorization form must be completed for each medication. Forms must be renewed each
Under no circumstances will medication be administered if the appropriate forms, signed and dated, are not submitted. Medication must to be brought to the school Health Center in the original container by an adult. Over-the-counter medications must be unopened.
All medications will be dispensed from the Health Center; students are prohibited from carrying any prescription or over-the-counter medication with the exception of rescue inhalers, epinephrine auto injectors, or insulin. Students must provide written authorization from a physician to carry a rescue inhaler, epinephrine auto injector or insulin.. See Medication Authorization Forms.
Health Care Action Plans
It is recommended that a health care action plan be developed for students with chronic medical conditions. If your child has diabetes, a seizure disorder, or a severe, life-threatening allergy, please have your child's physician complete the appropriate health care action plan. See Health Care Action Plans.
Please contact Nurse Corrigan to discuss the need to develop an individualized health care action plan.
To help ensure the continued good health of our students, various health screenings occur throughout the year. General vision, hearing, and dental screenings are performed on various age groups based on Ohio Department of Health recommendations. Health Center staff will notify parents if a comprehensive examination by a health care provider is recommended. If you do not want your child/children to participate in health screenings, you must notify the school in writing stating your specific wishes.
Comprehensive examinations may be obtained through private health care providers or by one of the District's many on-site health partners.
The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital healthcare team can provide well-child examinations, sports physicals, vaccinations, sick-child visits and mental health counseling. Visits are paid for through your child's insurance provider. If your child does not have insurance, a Cleveland Clinic financial counselor will assist you in exploring assistance possibilities. Appointments on the Mobile Unit or at The Medical Clinic at Lakewood High School are available by calling 216-221-5379.
Smile Programs…the Mobile Dentists can provide both preventative and restorative care. Preventive care consists of a complete dental examination (cleaning, x-rays, and a fluoride treatment). Restorative care may include fillings, extractions of infected baby teeth, pulpotomy (treatment of the nerves inside of baby teeth) and/or crowns. Dental services are paid for through your insurance provider. Smile Programs can provide free preventative services to families who need financial assistance or subsidized fees for those who qualify. Contact the district nurse for additional information.
Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) – Dental Sealant Program provides free dental sealants for students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted on the biting surfaces of the back teeth by a dental hygienist and dental assistant. Sealants block food and bacteria from entering the narrow grooves of the teeth where decay is most likely to occur. Students are re-checked during 3rd and 7th grade to make sure sealants are still present. New sealants are placed if the student has new teeth or a sealant fell off.
To have your child see an on-site health partner, please completely fill out and sign the appropriate enrollment form(s) and return the packet(s) to the Health Center at your child’s school. See Health Services Enrollment Forms.
Please see the Health Services Calendar to find out when a program is being offered at your child's school.