Welcome to the MSAD 49 School Health Services web page!!

Your MSAD 49 school nurses are Natasha Barton, RN (Albion and Clinton Elementary Schools), Susan Barton, RN (Benton Elementary School), Cara Armstrong, RN (Fairfield Primary School and Lawrence Junior High School) and Deanna Turlo, RN (Lawrence High and Junior High Schools). Our school physician, Michael Clark, M.D., is available to all MSAD 49 nurses for consultation and advisory services. We love working with your children, and we are dedicated to their health and well-being.

A little about the role of the school nurse…

In Maine, the school nurse is a registered professional nurse certified with the Maine Department of Education. The school nurse strengthens and facilitates the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children. The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention and treatment of illness and disability, and the early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse is uniquely qualified and knowledgeable in preventive health, health assessment, and referral procedures.

On any given day, you will find the school nurse:

  • Assessing and following up on acute and chronic health issues
  • Screening students vision, height, weight and hearing
  • Coordinating and administering medications to students
  • Tracking immunizations
  • Managing communicable diseases for the school
  • Writing and revising school health policies to reflect best evidence-based nursing practice
  • Managing medical emergencies at the school
  • Educating staff (e.g. training staff regarding student’s health issues and educating staff on OSHA blood borne pathogen requirements)
  • Coordinating and and collaborating with parents, community health providers, and others, relating to the above functions.
  • We ask that you please keep us updated on any changes in your child’s medical condition throughout the school year so that we may keep our students as safe and as healthy as possible while at school. These changes could include, but are not limited to new or discontinued medications, a newly diagnosed medical condition, a temporary change in your child’s health status (i.e broken bones, surgery, recovery from surgery, etc), hospitalizations, illnesses or any other information you think might be helpful for us to know.