Definition of School Nursing

Slate Valley provides the services of registered school nurses. School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge healthcare 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 potential (NASN, 2018).

What Does a School Nurse Do?

  • Provides health services that increase school attendance
  • Helps prevent and control the spread of communicable disease
  • Administers specialized services to students (medications, tube feedings, insulin)
  • Verifies immunizations to keep the school in compliance with state mandates
  • Screens for hearing and vision deficits
  • Provides health professional input and direction for school and community policies and programs
  • Educates students and staff on managing their own health and wellness
  • Assists in the evaluation of students for special education services

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screenings are conducted in grades PK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 12. Students with identified risk factors may need to be screened more frequently. These factors include, but are not limited to, students on a 504 plan or an Individual Education Plan (IEP), or who have other chronic health conditions. Students may also be screened more frequently at the request of a teacher or parent/guardian. Don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse if you have concerns about your child’s vision and/or hearing. 


School nurses are required to follow the Vermont Department of Health immunization guidelines. The guidelines are necessary in order to help prevent the introduction and/or transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases in our schools. Contact the school nurse for more information about immunization requirements for your child.

Immunization Information for Parents/Caregivers
Vermont Recommended Child and Teen Vaccination Schedule
Medical Exemption Form
Religious Exemption Form

Partners in Health Care

The school nurse is an important resource in providing and coordinating care for your child. Please inform us of any health updates and/or medication changes – this allows us to provide the best care possible. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any medical or social/emotional concerns – we are always available to help and provide support for your child.

Parent/Student Handbook

Please take a look at the Slate Valley Parent/Student Handbooks for procedures and policies pertaining to:

  • Concussions
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Emergency Response
  • Health Services
  • Food Allergy Protocol
  • Covid-19 Protocol

Covid-19 Resources

Other Resources



Benson Village School
Ph (802) 537-2481
Fax (802) 537-2494
Nurse Ashley Casey
[email protected]
Castleton Elementary School
Ph (802) 468-5624
Fax (802) 468-5625
Nurse Kaitlin Ellis
[email protected]
Castleton Village School
Ph (802) 468-2203
Fax (802) 468-5131
Nurse Amanda Keller
[email protected]
Fair Haven Grade School
Ph (802) 265-3883
Fax (802) 265-2343
Nurse Heather Hollister
[email protected]
Nurse Mary Winn
[email protected]
Fair Haven Union High School
Ph (802) 265-4966
Fax (802) 265-3602
Nurse Deborah Hanson
[email protected]
Nurse Jeta Loomis
[email protected]
Orwell Village School
Ph (802) 948-2871
Fax (802) 948-2754
Nurse Angela Allard
[email protected]