Big Rapids Public Schools and Spectrum Health: Working Together to Provide Healthcare Services for Students.
Mary Underhill is a Spectrum Health Nurse partnering with Big Rapids Public Schools to provide and advocate for health in our schools. Mary is part time in Big Rapids school district but we are able to have full time access by phone or with virtual connectivity (MedNOW).
- Educate and train school personnel who provide daily direct services to students
- Triage phone calls (Diabetic care, illness, injury, rashes, etc.) and provide support
- Identify, prioritize, and assist school administrators with the most critical health and safety issues in the district, such as reviewing Individualized Health Plans (IHPs), and obtaining or creating Emergency Action Plans (EAPs).
- Collect data and measure outcomes
- Facilitate staff education
- First Aid/CPR/AED
- Medical emergency response training
- Medication Administration in Schools
- Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, seizures, and life-threatening allergies
- Upon request, participates in staff wellness, 504, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), attendance and advisory council meetings
- Mandated Reporter
Student Medication Form
Hello BRPS Parent or Guardian!
Big Rapids Public Schools (BRPS) would like to inform you of the Medication Policy at our district. You will notice a new medication permission form. Please fill it out to the best of your ability. Depending on how many prescribed or over the counter medications your child receives while at school, you may need more than one form. If your child’s doctor has their own medication form, it may be used.
All medication (both prescription and over the counter varieties) should be safely delivered to the school in the original labeled container, as prepared by a pharmacy, physician or pharmaceutical company. The bottle should have the student’s name, name of the medication, dosage, route of administration, duration of administration and time to be administered. The medication should be delivered to the school by the parent or guardian. If the child is on a controlled substance, this must be counted by the parent and an authorized BRPS staff member upon delivery. The medication will be counted on a regular basis with the count recorded on the medication administration log.
If your child has a medical condition requiring an emergency medication, please provide the school with an Emergency Action Plan from their doctor on how to respond to the emergency. This would include, but is not limited to; Asthma, Diabetes, Seizure Disorder and Life-Threatening Allergies. Grade 6-12 may self- carry and/or self- administer medications with signed permission from the parent/guardian AND doctor.
If you have questions regarding medication administration or your child has a health condition in which you would like to speak to the school nurse about, please call the school and I will return the call as soon as possible.
BRPS District Nurse