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 Welcome to WHS Student Health!

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It is well known that healthy students learn best. Student Health supports the learning and success of each student by encouraging safety, prevention, and wellness.  Some of the ways we handle this task is by:

  • Identifying students with health needs and developing a plan of care to be shared with teachers and staff.

  • Providing emergency care.

  • Monitoring student compliance with North Carolina Immunization laws.

  • Providing training and supervision to school personnel in the proper administration of medications, and performance of procedures necessary to care for chronically ill students during the school day.

  • Working with school staff to prevent health problems from becoming the reason for poor educational performance.

  • Providing information about community and state resources, and assisting students with obtaining needed services.

  • Providing ongoing screenings, assessments, and interventions to ensure students have the necessary support to allow optimum learning.

  • Serving as a resource to students, parents, teachers, and staff.

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  Just a few reminders

              and healthful hints from your school nurse –

  • All students new to the Whiteville City School System will be seen by the school nurse.  A vision screening will be done, along with a review of immunization and health history. Any student entering NC public schools for the first time must have a Health Assessment done within their first 30 calendar days of entering school.
  • Students must have a note from their teacher before coming to see the nurse (unless there is an emergency!)
  • If a student has a fever of 100.4 – they should stay home until the fever has been gone – without medicine – for 24 hours.
  • If a student has vomiting or diarrhea – they should stay at home for 24 hours after the last time he/she vomited or had diarrhea.
  • Medications – Whenever possible, medication should be scheduled during non-school hours.  However, in the event, your student needs medication during school hours, a “Request for Medication Administration in School” form must be completed by physician and parent. This applies to over-the-counter medications as well as those prescribed.  All medications must be in the original container; OTC medications should be in a sealed bottle and labeled with the student’s name.
  • Self-carry medications – Epi-pens, inhalers, and diabetic meds – are the only medications that students should carry with them at school. These will require an additional authorization form.
  • Only the school nurse can accept medications for administration at school.
  • Illness/Injury – If your student is ill or injured during school hours, he/she will be assessed by a Registered Nurse.  You will not be contacted each time your child visits the school nurse, however, in the event your child appears to have a serious illness/injury, every effort will be made to notify you.  Please be sure all phone numbers and health care information is kept current throughout the school year.

Please contact me at or (910)914-4189 Ext 5233 if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a safe and healthy school year!

Jo Anne Biser, BSN, RN, NCSN

Whiteville High School Nurse


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“School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success.  School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials.”

     Approved by the National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors June 2016