Health & Wellness

Keeping our students healthy and ready to learn!

Keeping our students healthy and ready to learn!

It is important to remember that germs spread by person-to-person contact. The best way to protect students as a whole is not to expose them unnecessarily. We realize students will miss additional days of school but we strongly encourage you to help us do what is necessary to limit the spread of colds and flu. If your child is ill, it is best to keep them home until they meet the conditions below.

Current district policy requires:

  • Any child with a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, vomiting, or diarrhea must be free of these, without the use of Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your child has an illness that requires antibiotics, they must have a full day’s dosage before returning to school. For example, if penicillin is prescribed 3 times a day, your child must have 3 doses of the medication before returning to school. Good Health Habits for Prevention

Please encourage your child to use good hand washing at all times. Hand washing remains the #1 way to prevent the spread of illness. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s health room staff during school hours.

Thank You!

Kearney R-1 School District Health Staff and Wellness Committee

Dental Health:

  • KSD partners with Clay County Public Health Department Dental Program and with the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services’ Preventive Services Program for dental education and the application of fluoride varnish. Each school year dental hygienist from CCPHD visit our elementary schools and introduce an aspect of preventative dentistry to each grade level. Additionally, they perform visual inspections of oral health on all students and will provide two fluoride varnish applications and home care items for each child, including: toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss (4th grade and up) biannually, unless parents decline this service.  Right after the screening each child will have 5% NaFl topical varnish with xylitol painted on by a volunteer provided by the school. The optimum benefit of fluoride varnish would be realized if the child received four doses of fluoride varnish per year and a minimum of two. Children who see a dentist and have fluoride varnish applied regularly will reach the maximum benefit of fluoride varnish. Children who do not see a dentist regularly, our program’s target group, will receive the minimum recommended dose of fluoride varnish yearly. Dental decay is the most common chronic disease among children currently. Children receiving at least two applications of fluoride varnish yearly can reduce decay by 18-25%. 
  • KSD also partners with Miles of Smiles Portable Dental Program providing FREE dental care to children who do not have access to dental care.  The dental care is provided by licensed dentist and assistants in the school setting treating children ages 3-18 years of age. All  patients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning and x-rays. For more information you may visit their website at www.milesofsmilesinc.org or you may contact them at 816-413-9009 to see if you qualify.

For health information for the following, just click on the link below:

Kearney School District Health & Wellness Calendar ♥

Kearney School District Wellness Committee Meeting Minutes

  • Health Staff

    Amy Latz, RN, BSN

    District Nurse

    Email: latza@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-2652

    Rebekah Schroeder, RN

    Dogwood Elementary

    Email: schroederr@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-903-1400 x41830

    Mary Jean Saxton

    Hawthorne Elementary

    Email: saxtonm@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-4114 x42830

    Barb Johnson, RN

    Hawthorne Elementary DLC

    Email: johnsonb@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-4114 x42101

    Candice Walker, RN

    Kearney Middle School

    Email: walkerc@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-4115 x33830

    Lori Walker, RN

    Kearney Elementary

    Email: walkerl@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-4113 x43830

    Kim Watkins, LPN

    Southview Elementary

    Email: watkinsk@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-4652 x44830

    Susan Beery

    Kearney Junior High

    Email: beerys@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-2650 x32830

    Lori Keplinger, LPN

    Kearney High School

    Email: keplingerl@ksdr1.net
    Phone: 816-628-4585 x31830

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