Lakota Local Schools is fortunate to have each of our clinics managed by a full-time registered nurse. Our nurses play an essential role in the daily and chronic health needs of our students, both as a medical professional and as an advocate for safety and health of all students and staff.
Recognizing the physical, emotional, and social needs of the students enables the nurse to advocate and educate for their needs to promote optimal learning in the school setting. Health Services provides a long list of services, some of which include:
- Daily management of the clinic and observation and reporting of health trends;
- Administration of medications and nursing procedures as prescribed by a physician and set forth by District policy;
- Providing first aid and referrals as needed for community resources;
- Developing and educating emergency action plans for students with critical health needs;
- Performing mandated vision and hearing screenings and refers for follow-up as needed;
- Maintaining health records and immunization compliance within the state requirements; and
- Collaborating and consulting with staff regarding student’s health concerns and needs in the school setting.
General Clinic Information
Both Liberty and VanGorden Preschool sites have nurses responsible for the care of preschool students. For VanGorden families, if your child has a medical issue that needs to be addressed, please contact Teresa Berter, RN and she will review procedures with you. For Liberty families, if your child has a medical issue that needs to be addressed, please contact Cassie Dailey, RN and she will review procedures with you.
Medications & Allergies
Medications can be brought at any time to the clinic, in the labeled pharmacy bottle. A school medication permit is needed with each medication, filled out by the prescribing medical provider.
If your child has an allergy, please make sure to note that on the emergency medical form AND notify your child’s teacher as well.
To report your child absent, please contact your child’s teacher. If your child receives specialized bus transportation based on their IEP, please contact the transportation office at 513-755-5821 to cancel bussing on the days of your child’s absence.
If your child becomes ill at school, you will be contacted to pick up your child. You will come to the front office, and the office staff will instruct you on where to pick your child up. The nurse will provide you with specific instructions on when he/she may return to school. If your child sustained an injury at school that is not life-threatening, but bruising or swelling is present, the nurse will contact you via email or phone with the care provided to the child in the clinic.
Your child is required to have a physical within 30 days of enrollment.
The school nurse at Liberty ECS (also serving the preschool students at Liberty) is Cassie Dailey. After joining Lakota in 2020, she started at Liberty the following year with more than a decade of nursing experience. Cassie provides health services in the school by treating injuries and illnesses and managing health issues.
Teresa joined the Lakota Preschool Team in January 2024 after 19½ years of nursing experience in both the hospital setting and as a Nursing Professor. She provides health services in the school by assessing and treating injuries and illnesses, managing acute and chronic health issues, and educating the students on healthy habits. Teresa and her husband have three adult children (who all attended Lakota Schools), two spoiled dogs, and two adorable grandchildren.
Visit Lakota's Health Services website for more information about immunizations, health screenings, emergency medical forms and more.