Health Services

Health Services
General Information


The health services staff in the Rogers School District is dedicated to serving students. Our staff consists of nurses and paraprofessionals. All of our schools have a nurse or paraprofessional assigned to help students. The health staff perform many services in
the schools. They administer first aid and perform state-mandated screenings (scoliosis, vision, hearing and BMI) as well as maintain health records and administer medications. One of our most important and challenging roles is to help families obtain the medical care they need. We collaborate with the staff, counselors and social workers to provide students with the best possible care. Our nurses had prior medical experience before they began school nursing which enables them to serve our students well.

The Rogers School District currently employs 15 full-time Registered Nurses (RN's),1 part-time RN, 4 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) and 4 paraprofessionals. Our health services staff includes:

Liz Alderson, RN, BSN - Janie Darr Elementary
Clare Baltz, RN- Grace Hill Elementary
Sarah Burch, RN - Bellview Elementary
Janette Coberley, RN, BSN - District Head Nurse-Tucker
Stacy Dillahunty, RN -Rogers High School
Irma Gotsche, RN - New Tech High and Crossroads
Christine Groeber, RN-Westside Elementary
Kara Gunnels, RN - Garfield  and Reagan Elementary
Leah Johns, LPN-Lowell Elementary School
Amanda Johnson, LPN-Elmwood Middle School
Landra Kennedy, R.N.-Heritage High School
Kelly Laws, RN-Kirksey Middle School
Annette McWhorter, RN-Mathias Elementary School

Lisa Moseley, RN-Oakdale Middle School
Joell Vinola, RN, ACLS, PALS - Northside and Grace Hill Elementary
Nanette Mika, RN - Bonnie Grimes and Old Wire Elementary
Debbie Peck, RN-Tillery Elementary
Nancy Rudsell, RN-Lingle Middle School
 Vicki Safarik, LPN - Eastside 
Dalena Taylor, RN-Jones Elementary
Beverly Toepfer, LPN-Reagan and Garfield Elementary


Debbie Beebe-Tucker Elementary
        Nancy Reetz-Grimes and Old WIre
        Janet Troy-Heritage High School and ROgers High School
        Connie Wilson-Northside and District at large





MUMPS (infectious parotitis)




What is mumps?


Mumps is an acute viral disease characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands.


Who gets mumps?


Although older people may contract the disease, mumps usually occurs in children between the age of 5 and 15. Mumps occurs less regularly than other common childhood communicable diseases. The greatest risk of infection occurs among older children. Mumps is more common during winter and spring.


How is mumps spread?


Mumps is transmitted by direct contact with saliva and discharges from the nose and throat of infected individuals.


What are the symptoms of mumps?


Symptoms of mumps include fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands, usually the parotid gland (located just below the front of the ear). Approximately one-third of infected people do not exhibit symptoms.


How soon after infection do symptoms occur?


The incubation period is usually 16 to 18 days, although it may vary from 14 to 25 days.


What complications have been associated with mumps?


Swelling of the testicles occurs in 15-25 percent of infected males.  Mumps can cause central nervous system disorders such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal column).  Other complications include arthritis, kidney involvement, inflammation of the thyroid gland and breasts and deafness.


When and how long is a person able to spread mumps?


Mumps is contagious seven days prior to and 5 days after the onset of symptoms.  A person is most contagious 48 hours prior to the appearance of symptoms.


Does past infection with mumps make a person immune?


Yes.  Immunity acquired after contracting the disease is usually permanent.


Is there a vaccine for mumps?


Yes.  Mumps vaccine is given on or after a child’s first birthday, and is usually in combination with measles and rubella vaccine.  The vaccine is highly effective and one injection usually produces lifelong protection.


What can be done to prevent the spread of mumps?


The single most effective control measure is maintaining the highest possible level of immunization in the community.  Children should not attend school during their infectious period.

August, 2016


Dear Parent or Guardian:


In accordance with Act 757 and Act 1437 of  the  State of Arkansas, “ AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF EPINEPHRINE  BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL TO CHILDREN EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING ANAPHYLACTIC REACTION DUE TO FOOD  ALLERGIES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”, Rogers Public Schools has stock epinephrine auto-injectors in their nursing offices. The stock epinephrine auto-injector will be administered by the nurse or trained health paraprofessional who in good faith professionally believes a student is having an anaphylactic reaction.

*The stock epipen will not be sent on field trips


We encourage parents/guardians of students with known allergies to continue to provide the school with the individualized care plan for their child along with an auto-injector epipen (and antihistamine) if ordered by the child’s physician.




Agosto de 2016


Estimados padres o encargados:


Según la Ley 757 y la Ley de 1437 del Estado de Arkansas, "LEY CONCERNIENTE A LA ADMINISTRACIÓN DE EPINEFRINA POR EL PERSONAL ESCOLAR A LOS NIÑOS QUE SUFREN UNA REACCIÓN ANAFILÁCTICA QUE PODRIA SER MORTAL DEBIDO A ALERGIAS A CIERTOS ALIMENTOS; Y PARA OTROS FINES ", las Escuelas Públicas de Rogers han almacenado auto-inyectores de epinefrina en las oficinas de enfermería.

El auto-inyector de epinefrina será administrado por la enfermera o auxiliar de salud capacitado que en buena fe cree profesionalmente que un estudiante está teniendo una reacción anafiláctica.


Exhortamos a los padres y encargados de los estudiantes que han sido diagnosticados con alergias a seguir trayendo a la escuela con el plan de atención individualizado de su hijo junto con un EpiPe auto-inyectable (y antihistamínicos) si así lo ordena el médico del niño.


*Los Epi-pens almacenados no son enviados a las excursiones escolares.


State of Arkansas

 Immunization Requirements


Effective September 1, 2014


All students Kindergarten through 12th Grade must have the following:



  • 4 doses of DTaP with one dose after 4th birthday

  • 3 or 4 doses of polio with one dose after 4th birthday

  • 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox)

    • May accept written documentation of history of chickenpox disease from

    • M.D. /D.O. /A.P.N. /P.A. only.  Can no longer accept parental history of disease

  • 2 doses of MMR

  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B




  • If your child is entering Kindergarten they must have:

    • 1 dose of Hepatitis A

  • If your child is entering 1st Grade they must have:

    • 1 dose of Hepatitis A

  • If your child will be age 11 or older on or before September 1 they must have:

    • 1 dose of Tdap

  • If your child will be entering 7th Grade they must have:

    • 1 dose of Meningococcal Meningitis

  • If your child will be age 16 on or before September 1 they must have:

    • 1 or 2 doses of Meningococcal Meningitis (only one dose required if 1st dose is                            received on or after age 16)



For further information:

Viral Meningitis Fact Sheet :
Viral Meningitis Fact Sheet[1][2].doc

   Who should have the flu shot:
   Flu Fact Sheet:
   Flu Vaccine live, intranasal:
   Flu Vaccine live, intranasal/Spanish:
   Flu Vaccine:
   Flu Vaccine:


The school district will assist parents in administering medication to students if indicated during the school day. Parents are encouraged to administer medicine at home before school, after school and at bedtime.

All medications (prescription and nonprescription) must be delivered to school personnel by the parent/guardian.  Medications will not be transported on the school bus.

All medications must be in the original container and must be accompanied by a medication permit filled out by the parent or guardian.

According to state guidelines, students have 30 days from the date of enrollment to have all required immunizations or be in the process of getting the immunizations or acquire an exemption from the state. The Benton County Department of Health offers the required immunizations. Its phone number is 479-986-1300.
Kindergarten Physicals:
Comphrehensive and Developmental Preschool Examination:  All enrolling kindergarten students shall be evaluated with Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) equivalent.

A kindergarten student should have a physical screening within the two years prior to or up to 90 days after the student's initial enrollment in kindergarten. 

All children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, grades 1,2,4, 6, 8 and all transfer students will receive vision screening. Any student referred will also receive vision screening. A child who does not pass the screening must be seen by an optometrist or ophthalmologist within 60 days of receipt of the screening report notifying the parent of the failure.

All children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, grades 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and all transfer students will receive hearing screening. Any student referred will receive hearing screening. A child who does not pass the hearing screening must be seen by an audiologist within 60 days of receipt of the screening report notifying the parent of the failure.

Female students will be screened for scoliosis in the 6th and 8th grades. Males will be screened in the 8th grade. Parents will be notified prior to the screening and can, in writing, object to the screening. Parents will be notified of failure.

Body Mass Index:
BMI screenings will be done on students in kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Parents may object in writing for exemption from the screening.

AR Kids First
AR Kids First is health insurance that is available to children who qualify. Please refer to the attached information.

AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the Schools
Each school in our District has at least one AED available

Parent Contact Information
Dear Parent/Guardian:  It is very important for you to notify the school when your contact information (telephone number, address, etc.) changes. The school should have an up-to-date contact number in the event your child is ill, an emergency situation occurs or other important information needs to be conveyed to you about your student's education.

Lice Information
No Nit Guideline

Response Plan for Communicable Disease 

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