Health Office

WELCOME TO THE NORTH HERO SCHOOL HEALTH OFFICE

School Nurse: Kristie Barber, RN kbarber@gisu.org
Health Assistant: Desiree Maltais 
dmaltais@gisu.org

The mission of the North Hero School Health Office is to maintain a healthy, safe and nurturing environment for all students and staff through health screenings, treating minor ailments and helping students and families to navigate health concerns.

The School Nurse Leader and Health Assistant are responsible for planning and implementing health services, including vision and hearing screenings performed once per year for students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Third, and Fifth with a final vision screening performed for all Seventh grade students. Health Office staff are also responsible for maintaining immunization and health records, treating ill and injured students and staff, dispensing prescribed medications to students, and helping students and their parents manage chronic illnesses or significant medical conditions at school.

The Health Office team is responsible for reporting immunization and asthma data to the State of Vermont each year.

ABOUT OUR NURSES

Lead Nurse:
Kristie Barber, RN

Kristie is the District Nurse/COVID coordinator for GISU.

Hours: 
Tuesday: Full day
Thursday: Afternoon

Contact: 
kbarber@gisu.org 

802-372-6921 
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Health Assistant:

Desiree Maltais, AEMT

Desiree has been a substitute at NHS for a few years and has now joined us as our Health Assistant!

She has been an EMT with Grand Isle Rescue since 2012 and received her Advanced Certification over the initial COVID-19 Quarantine.

Hours: 
Monday 11-3
Wednesday-Friday: 7:30 - 3
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Contact: 
dmaltais@gisu.org

802-372-8866

COVID-19 CORNER

COVID VACCINATIONS AGE 5-11

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for vaccination.
Please use this link to register through the
Vermont Department of Health:
 https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration

vthealth

Visit the Vermont Department of Health for school specific Corona virus (COVID-19) updates.

cdc

Visit the Center For Disease Control for Corona virus (COVID-19) information and guidance in K-12 schools.

HEALTH OFFICE INFORMATION:

COVID-19

North Hero School follows the current COVID-19 Guidance from the Vermont Department of Health. This guidance is subject to frequent change; we do our best to keep the Current COVID-19 Guidelines Page up to date and encourage you to contact our Health Office with any questions!

Masking is optional at North Hero School

We will make antigen test kits available to families of presumptive contacts for at home testing.​

GISU has a supply of rapid antigen tests for families to use as needed. Please 
contact the district office if you would like to request these while supplies last. 

IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION:

​The Vermont Department of Health provides immunization information for schools and parents, including immunization requirements for school attendance and collected data from previous years.

For Parents

For Schools

  This district and school board support the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for an annual comprehensive well care visit to the medical home (primary care provider). 

 Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT or Children’s Medicaid) is a comprehensive and preventive healthcare program for children and youth (up to 21 years of age) receiving Medicaid benefits [link below]. Through EPSDT, children receive health screenings, as well as medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services for identified conditions. One of the EPSDT program objectives is to ensure that children  receive appropriate health services and that their full learning potential is not threatened by poor health. • Recommend that all children have a dental home.  Primary care physicians or health providers recommend, based on oral health risk assessments, refer to the dentist, as early as six months of age and no later than 12 months of age. (AAPD, 2018)