River Valley Charter School believes in a holistic approach to child development. We recognize that the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a child must be met for them to thrive. To best serve our students, RVCS employs a full time school guidance counselor and school nurse, and part time school psychologist and physical education teacher. Care coordination flows between these individuals, as well as their teachers and special education when appropriate, to ensure that children have comprehensive plans to support their learning. The following individuals from our health and wellness department are available to assist your student’s growth at RVCS.
Kimberly Putney firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly is the school nurse at River Valley Charter School. She is at school daily to triage first aid and emergent care as well as manage chronic health needs. Kimberly is responsible for delegating medication and implementing Department of Public Health policies, including record storage and screening programs. Kimberly helps to create health education and teaches health classes throughout the school.
Katy Field email@example.com
Katy is the school counselor at RVCS providing students with social and emotional support. In addition to seeing students individually and in social groups, Katy goes into every classroom to provide all students with a social emotional curriculum to help them to recognize and cope with their emotions and overall well-being. She strongly believes that teaching these skills to all children is an integral role of the school counselor.
Jen Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen is our School Psychologist
Coby Jacobus email@example.com
Coby is our Physical Education teacher
Medication Administration in a School setting
River Valley Charter School maintains a limited number of over the counter medications (tylenol, ibuprofen, etc) that may be administered to your child for their comfort during the school day. To administer these medications we keep standing orders from our school physician, and family permissions (offered to guardians prior to the school year within the summer registration packet).
Students are not permitted to bring medications of any kind to school. Massachusetts DPH law states that minors may not carry medication. Students needing to take medication during the school day should have the medication dropped off at school by a responsible adult. Medication can be accepted by the school nurse, classroom teacher, front office, or before care program.
Pursuant to Massachusetts Department of Public Health Law 105 CMR 210, there are two ways medication from home can be administered in the school setting. For a medication whose duration will be ten days or less, the medication may be brought to school in its original packaging with the prescription label attached (for example, amoxicillin for an acute ear infection, in its prescription packaging). For a medication that needs to be taken either daily, or intermittently as needed, but for longer periods than ten days, two criteria must be met: the medication must come to school in its original OTC or prescription packaging AND a daily medication form must be completed and submitted to the school (for example, an inhaler as needed, or a medicine to be taken daily at noon). Please note that portions of the daily medication form require a physician’s input and signature. Daily medications can not be administered in a school setting until both criteria are met.
Thank you for your adherence to these safety protocols.