Caroline O’Donnell, RN is the nurse at Laurel Mountain. Originally from Buenos Aires Argentina, she traveled and lived in many countries before arriving to the states as a teenager. Involved with the care of children and animals from a very young age, the caretaker of the neighborhood, she naturally went into nursing. She is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a BSN. She worked at University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital on a general med-surg floor before moving to Texas with husband Michael in 2002. Michael is an Austin native that graduated from UT, Hook’em Horns, and traveled oversees as a child as well. They have two boys currently attending Canyon Vista and Westwood and the love of a very large white dog named Mocho. The family enjoys food, travel, working out, the outdoors and anything to do with water activities.
“Being a part of this family at Laurel Mountain provides me the opportunity to us my gifts in helping our families, staff and students to promote health and well-being. I work along side our Team Leader Brandy Hafner RN, BSN to make sure each student is able to learn at his and her best.” – Nurse Caroline
Brandy Hafner RN, BSN, is our Team Leader for the Westwood Learning Community at Laurel Mountain. Nurse O’Donnell is on campus everyday at LME.
Written permission from a parent or legal guardian is required prior to school personnel administering prescription or nonprescription medications. All medications must be in the original container and properly labeled. You may wish to ask the pharmacist for an extra labeled bottle for medication at school. Medication that can be administered at home, ( i.e. two or three times daily) should be done at home, if at all possible. Sample medications given by the physician need to be labeled and a written order from the physician with dosage and frequency. Daily medications (prescription and over-the-counter) may be given by the school nurse provided that your physician completes the district medication permission request form which can be found on the nurses and district website. All prescription medications must be signed by a physician, even if the medication is not given daily. NOTE: Requests to alter dosage or frequency of medication must be accompanied by your physician’s written note stating the dosage and frequency of medication to be given. Directions on over-the counter packaging (regarding age, dose and frequency) will be followed unless a doctor’s note is submitted. All medications (including cough drops) must be turned into the nurse’s office. Herbal medications will not be given.
Immunizations: Clinics are going to be very busy before school starts. It is always a good idea to call ahead to check on schedules, hours of operation, and availability of vaccines. Click here for a list of area clinics that administer vaccines.
Please check your child’s health concerns before they leave for school. If your student is ill, please keep him/her home. We keep no medications on campus other than what you provide to the nurse for your child.
RRISD District Policy as written in the Student/Parent Handbook:
Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or above will be sent home. To prevent the spread of communicable disease, ill students must be symptom free from fever, vomiting, and diarrhea FOR 24 HOURS without the use of temperature-reducing medications before returning to school.
Pertinent information to your student’s health care must be updated yearly with health concerns and emergency contact information on the online registration (Snapcode). This information remains confidential. Remember to update EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS with the registrar and/or school nurse throughout the year. We must know how to locate you in case of an emergency at all times.
VISION and HEARING SCREENING
Kinder, 1st, 3rd, 5th grades will be screened. Screenings are required by the Texas Department of State and Health Services. We will notify you if there is a possible problem.
ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS SCREENING
1st, 3rd, 5th grades screening will be conducted. The screening consists of a visual exam of the student’s neck, looking for skin that is light brown-black, velvety, rough or thickened areas. These markings may be an indicator of diabetes and/or high blood pressure. We will notify you if there is any reason for concern.