I am so excited to join Trinity as the School Nurse! What an honor and privilege it is to be a part of Trinity Episcopal School in a whole new way. Before staying home with Dane and Dominic, I worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department for 8 years. I also did a short stint as a nurse contractor for the United States Navy in their Primary Care Clinic and in Case Management!
Here is what you can expect from the School Nurse's office:
Taking care of illnesses and injuries as needed
Promoting healthy habits
- Please have all immunizations up to date prior to school starting. This is imperative and state mandated.
- All medications (including prescription, over the counter, creams, lotions, etc.) will need to have the Medication Administration Request (located below) filled out completely. Anything to be given more than 10 consecutive days needs to be signed by a physician. This includes medicines such as Tylenol, Advil, Neosporin, Visene, etc.
I look forward to a healthy and happy school year. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. See below for school policies on illness and health concerns.
Cara Martinez, BSN, RN, CEN
Illnesses and when to return to school:
- Students must be fever free (without fever reducing medications) for 24 hours before returning to school. A student cannot be at school with a fever of 100.0 F or greater.
- Students must be vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours.
- If taking antibiotics, students should not return to school until 24 hours has passed.
- If your child has Pink Eye: red, itchy eyes with green or yellow discharge but NO allergy symptoms, they should not be at school.
- Head Lice: hair must be lice and nit free in order to return to school. Students will be checked before returning to class.
- A student should not be at school if they are not able to function normally in the classroom without pain/discomfort. Such illnesses may include but not limited to: severe sore throat, excessive cough, headache, earache, or stomach ache.
- Students should not be at school if they have injuries or are recovering from a surgical procedure that requires narcotic medication prior to or during the school day.
- Call your child’s physician or the school nurse if there is a question as to whether a student needs medical attention or may attend school with an illness or injury.