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Nursing & Health

Our nursing department serves all schools for health concerns, assists in emergencies and maintains medical records for compliance.


Parrish School

Rebecca Nesbit, LPN 618-457-5781 ext 2308

Thomas School

Angie Congiardo, LPN 618-457-6226 ext 2441 

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Lewis School

Brandy Little, LPN 618-457-2632 ext 2252

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Carbondale Middle School

Tiffany Sherrill, LPN 618-457-2174 ext 2613

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District Nurse

Amy Hicks, MSN, RN 618-457-2174 x 2603

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*Parents, it is imperative that you inform the nurses as well as the student's school if your child has any health concerns such as asthma, allergies, and or any other health complications/disorders that may disrupt their learning. This should also be reflected in the registration form (health information section).

Parents of Students Enrolling in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 6th grade, or Students Transferring in the School District from out of the State of Illinois:

Please make an appointment with your child's pediatrician as soon as possible to schedule IL physical exams and immunizations. These are the mandated grades in which new physicals have to be completed and additional immunizations are required. Please see the health requirements tab under the Nursing and Health tab. The requirements have to be completed and submitted by October 15th of the current school year or your child will be excluded from school until submitted. NO APPOINTMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. If transferring from another state, your child will be required to complete a Certificate of Child Health Examination for the State of Illinois, there is a 30 day grace period from school entry after the October 15th deadline. If you are registering your child as homeless, please know your child will NOT be excluded as they are covered by the McKinney Vento Act, however, we ask that you still make attempts to achieve these medical requirements or reach out to your building nurse or the district nurse if needing assistance.

We have partnered with Shawnee Health to increase the access to healthcare for our students and their families. Terrier Care (Opens August 1st for appointments), Shawnee Health (open all year long) as well as new Mobile Clinics are available to see our students and their family members for physicals and immunizations, wellness visits, as well as other services. 

Students Participating in Interscholastic Sports:

Students wanting to try out for an interscholastic sport such as baseball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country, and cheerleading are required to have a physical examination performed yearly and submitted prior to be eligible to "tryout." The student must submit either a physical exam that is marked "yes" to participate in interscholastic sports by the doctor on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam or a completed sports physical examination performed by the doctor.

** Please note if your child is entering 6th grade, only the IL Certificate of Child Health examination form will need to be completed to qualify for both the physical exam compliance and to participate in interscholastic sports as long as the doctor has completed the appropriate box. Other grades of 4th, 5th, 7th or 8th grades can complete either the IL Certificate of Child Health Examination form with appropriate box marked or the Illinois Sports physical form to participate in interscholastic sports.

Please go to the Health Forms tab to download and print needed forms. Providers also have access to all of these forms as well.

Parents of students diagnosed with asthma. The school will need an emergency asthma action plan that has been written by the student's provider or prescribing provider as well as providing the inhaler to be self-carried or placed in a central location for use at school. 

**If students with asthma are symptomatic and have no inhaler at school, the school will have to contact emergency services (911) for support in accordance with district policy.

Likewise, if your student has diabetes, or any other health related needs requiring resources such as a glucometer, testing strips, lancets, etc. you are responsible for supplying all supplies.

If a student has an emergency action plan on file for health related needs (diabetes, asthmas, seizures, etc.) we must have the rescue meds available/provided prior to the start of school or the students first date of attendance.