Julie Paulsen R.N., health services director for the Cherokee School District, presented her report for the first semester of the current school year to school board members and administrators at the Monday management team meeting.
Paulsen had a listing of the various kinds of health service activities performed during the first semester, broken down by how many times each activities was performed at each of the three buildings.
Paulsen noted that providing health services is sometimes a struggle since the district has reduced health service staffing for budget reasons, but she manages to get to all three school buildings each day.
Paulsen said that she may consider next year not going to each building on a daily basis so she could spend more time in each building.
Paulsen noted that the frequent absence of a nurse in the buildings creates a larger burden on school secretaries and sometimes administrators.
"They're doing a good job," Paulsen said.
Laurie Gerstandt, board president, expressed concern that Paulsen's time could be stretched thin and requested that the board be kept updated on health services.
Paulsen noted that there is an increasing number of flu cases reported, particularly at the elementary and middle school. There have been some cases of strep throat at the high school.
She said that predictions have been made that the flu will hit hard in late February.
Some preventative education needs were discussed.
There is a substantial number of teenage pregnancies in the district. Paulsen has arranged a speaker on abstinence, but said there it is difficult to do much with limited time and resources.
There also appears to be growing use of tobacco among teens, which Paulsen and others present found surprising. The amount of anti-tobacco education in the schools has never been higher or more strongly presented.
It was also noted that the cost of tobacco has never been higher.