School Health Services

Sherri Yarbro
Tipton County Schools Coordinated School Health

Cindy Hogg, RN, BSN
Director, Health Services
Le Bonheur, Healthy Schools-Tipton County
Tipton County Board of Education

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than six million children are reported as abused or neglected each yearApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month so this month is a good time to make sure you're familiar with your duties in regards to preventing and reporting child abuse.
To help remove barriers that affect students' readiness to learn, school personnel must be able to recognize when children are being abused and quickly intervene on their behalf.
Child abuse can be more than just bruises and broken bones. Child maltreatment includes physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and exploitation, emotional abuse, threat of harm, and abuse of children with disabilities. While physical abuse may be easier to detect, emotional abuse and neglect leave deep, lasting, invisible scars. Research shows that maltreatment can cause:
  • Neurological damage.
  • Low self concept.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • School adjustment problems.
  • Poor academic outcomes.
While each state has their own laws and regulations as to reporting incidents of child abuse, in nearly all states all school employees are considered mandatory reporters. This means that if any school staff member has reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused, they must report suspected incidents to one or more of the following: local law enforcement, child protection services, and building or district administrators. In order to protect the child, state statutes require school employees to report when they "have reason to suspect," "have observed," or "know or have a reasonable cause to believe" that a child is abused or neglected. It's important for you, as a school staff member, to know which standard your state applies to you so that you can properly protect children from abuse.
The SafeSchools Online Staff Training System offers a Child Abuse: Identification & Intervention course and a Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting course. We also offer state-specific versions of our Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting course for Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
For more information on these courses, or SafeSchools Training in general, please contact us at 1-800-434-0154,, or today. Free trials available!

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New Shot and Immunization Requirements

Stay informed about a new stomach virus that is going around.
NORO Virus Read about it here.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Immunization for 7th Grade (PDF Format)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Immunization for New Students in Student Handbook (PDF Format)






State Immunization Information-In a letter with the subject "NEW STATE IMMUNIZATION RULES AND CERTIFICATES," The Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) has issued new immunization rules and is issuing a new official certificate that is required for entry into school effective July 1, 2010. All newly required vaccines are routinely recommended for all children. Most children should have already received them.

Immunization Requirement Summary: Tennessee Department of Health Rule 1200-14-1-.29

~~ There will now be only one official TDOH certificate of immunization that must
 be filled out by medical providers for delivery to schools prior to entry of their
 child into pre-school, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 7th grade, or as a new student. This form
 will only be available from a private healthcare provider or local health department.

~~ Children entering the 7th Grade, who are already enrolled, must show proof of two new immunizations. See below.

~~ For 7th grade students already enrolled in Tennessee schools, only proof of the two new immunizations is required on the new immunization certificate.

Summary: Tennessee Immunization Requirements (TDOH 1200-14-1-29)

Children entering 7th Grade
~~New Immunization Requirements
-pertussis booster (Tdap)

~~~~History of Chickenpox (varicella) OR 2 doses of vaccine

If you have any additional questions, please contact:
Cindy Hogg, RN, BSN
Health Services
Le Bonheur
Health Schools-Tipton County
Tipton County Board of Education
(901) 837-5600 E-Mail




Weekly Wellness Insights

Too often people associate pasta as being “unhealthy.” While too much of anything (even the good stuff) can derail your health goals, here are five healthier pasta recipes to love (guilt-free) this fall…

1.       Lean Turkey & Spinach Lasagna – Perfect for even the pickiest of eaters.

2.      Crock Pot Pasta – Fix it and forget it with this delicious dish.

3.      Skinny Cajun Shrimp Alfredo Pasta – Get that gourmet feeling with this healthier Alfredo recipe.

4.      15-Minute Lazy Noodles – Short on time? This recipe is a quick cook for busy weekdays.

5.      Veggie Lovers Pasta Salad – This recipe isn’t just for vegetarians. Bring it to your next get together for everyone to enjoy.



October Health Observances


This week, we are highlighting National Pasta Month

Who says you have to write off pasta in order to be healthy? In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the nation’s go-to source for nutrition advice, recommends we enjoy grains, making half of all grains consumed whole grains. The good news is whole grain pasta makes this easier than ever to achieve! Our resident Registered Dietitian, Lindsey, has five tips to help you pick the perfect pasta:

1.       Get the most bang for your buck. Choosing whole grains gives you more nutrition than its refined counterparts. To be sure you’re getting whole grains, check the ingredients list for the term “whole grain” as the first ingredient. You can also look for the Whole Grain Stamp when grocery shopping.

2.      Stock up on sales. Dried pasta is a budget-friendly pantry staple that can be used in a variety of delicious dishes. Many store brands also carry whole grain pasta, making it even more affordable for you and your family.

3.      Add in extra nutrition. Add color, texture, and nutrition to your meal by incorporating some veggies. Try adding onions, peppers, spinach, squash and/or mushrooms, even if the recipe doesn’t call for it!

4.      Portion your pasta. Remember that one serving of pasta is half a cup cooked (like half a baseball). Depending on your health goals, you don’t have to only eat one serving, but be sure to monitor how much you are getting at each meal.

5.      Get saucy. Nutritious noodles don’t have to be bland to be better for you. Aim to stick with a non-creamy sauce, such as tomato and other lower-fat alternatives. 

How are you enjoying pasta this month?  Share a photo with us using #workingforahealthiertn!

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