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Mission Statement: The Lauderdale County School Nursing program is a specialty branch of professional nursing that seeks to prevent or identify student health or health-related problems and intervenes to modify or alleviate these problems so that the student will function at their optimal level of wellness. The Lauderdale County School Health Program includes delivery of health services and health education which directly contributes to the student's education as well as the health of the family and community.

School Nurses: The Lauderdale County Board of Education employs two lead registered nurses that coordinate health services for all schools. All schools have a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse on site during school hours. School nurses administer medications, assist students with chronic health problems, assist with school screenings, monitor for communicable diseases, and provide health education information.

Serious or Life-Threatening medical conditions: The Lauderdale County Board of Education authorizes that a written emergency action plan be developed with students identified as having a serious or life-threatening medical condition such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Severe asthma
  • Severe cardiac disorders
  • Anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction)
  • Seizure disorder
  • Hemophilia
  • Other life-threatening conditions verified by a physician

Medical Procedures that require a nurse: Specific medical procedures that require independent nursing judgment or intervention that shall not be delegated to unlicensed personnel include but are not limited to (Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code Chapter 610-x-6, Standards of Nursing Practice):

  1. Catheterization, clean or sterile
  2. Administration of injectable medications, other than EpiPen injectable medication for severe allergic reactions
  3. Administration of rectal medications
  4. Tracheostomy care, including suctioning
  5. Gastric tube insertion, replacement, or feeding
  6. Ventilator care
  7. Other invasive procedures or techniques
  8. Sterile procedures
  9. Receipt of verbal or telephone orders from a licensed prescriber

Parents may contact the school nurse so that a plan may be developed and appropriate action taken for a student that requires assistance with invasive procedures or life-threatening medical conditions. (See Contact Information)

Student Health Assessment Record: The Lauderdale County Student Health Assessment Record is required to be completed and returned to school at the beginning of the school year and when a new student transfers to a Lauderdale County School. This form is located in the student handbook (See Documents).

Medication Administration: All medications to be administered at school will be brought to the appropriate office by the parent and safeguarded in a locked area. The State Department of Education School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form must be used for all medication administered in the school setting including over-the-counter medications (See Documents).

  1. The parent/guardian or a designated responsible adult shall deliver all medication to be administered during the school day to the school nurse or personnel designated by the school nurse. Medications should never be brought to school by the student or be on the student's person unless they are emergency medications and the proper forms have been completed. This is to ensure the safety of all students.
  2. The parent/guardian must provide the school with medication that is in a correctly labeled prescription bottle/container.
  3. The parent/guardian must provide the school with a new signed State Department of Education School Medication Form (PPA) each year and anytime medication orders are changed during the school year.
  4. The physician shall provide a list of side effects for prescription medications and over the counter medications administered in excess of the manufacturer's recommendations.
  5. The parent/guardian shall pick up student's medication at the end of the school year. Medications left at school at the end of the school year will be destroyed by school personnel if not picked up by a parent within 14 days.
  6. Expired medications will need to be picked up as soon as possible or will be disposed of by school personnel.
  7. The parent/guardian shall give the first dose of a new medication at home in case of a possible allergic reaction.
  8. Over-the-counter medications administered according to manufacturer's recommendations will require completion of the Alabama State Department of Education School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form signed by the Parent/guardian. All over the counter medication must be provided by the parent in the original sealed container identifying the medication name, dosage, and manufacturer's labeling.
  9. Over-the-counter medication prescribed in excess of the manufacturer's recommended dosage will require completion of the Alabama State Department of Education School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form signed by the parent/guardian and physician.
  10. No aspirin or aspirin containing medication (salicylate) will be given to children or teenagers under the age of 18 years of age, unless prescribed by a physician.
  11. Natural remedies, herbs, and nutritional supplements may not be administered by school personnel without an explicit order from an authorized prescriber that includes parent authorization and verification that the product is safe to administer to children in the prescribed dosage with reasonable information regarding therapeutic and untoward effects.
  12. Student self-administration of medication for a documented chronic health condition will be authorized if conducted in compliance with the State Department of Education, Alabama Board of Nursing, and Lauderdale County Board of Education guidelines. Student self-administration of medication will be determined on an individual basis.
  13. The Lauderdale County Lead School Nurses will work with the school to set up safe and effective guidelines in medication administration.

Accidents: In the event of an accident on school grounds involving a student, the parent/guardian will be notified of injuries that require medical treatment. If immediate treatment is necessary, the educational employees serve under Alabama Law 87-390 which states, "When---public education employees gratuitously and in good faith, render first aid or emergency care at the scene of an accident, casualty or disaster to a person injured therein, he/she shall not be liable for any child's damages as a result of his/her acts or omissions...".

Immunization Requirements for entering school (see Documents)-A Certificate of Exemption or Certificate of Immunization (Blue Form IMM 50) against the following diseases: Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Poliomyelitis, Measles (Rubella, Rubeola), Mumps, and Varicella (Chicken Pox).

The pneumococcal vaccine is now required for children entering pre-K programs. Children entering pre-K programs must have four doses of the pneumococcal vaccine up to age 15 months.

All students 11 years of age or older entering 6th grade will require a booster dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) prior to beginning each school year. (See Documents)

Immunization certificates are available from the Lauderdale County Health Department, 4112 Chisholm Road, Florence, Al. and /or from local pediatrician or family physician.

Lauderdale County School Nurses

Brenda Foster, MSN, RN
East End Lead Nurse Supervisor
Kelly Stanhope, MA, BSN, RN
West End Lead Nurse Supervisor
Allen Thornton Career
Technical Center
Lisa Hughes, RN
256-757-2101 EXT 212
Central High School
Cindy Chandler, RN 256-764-2903
Donya Scott, RN 256-764-2903
Brooks Elementary School
Lynn Hamilton, RN
Heather Lawson, LPN
Rogers High School
Robin Bailey, RN 256-757-3106
Jennifer McDonald, RN 256-757-3106
Brooks High School
Cody Fenn, RN
256-757-2115 Ext 222
Underwood Elementary School
Kim Johnston, RN
Lauderdale County High School
Beverly Hostetler, LPN
Brooke Hamm, LPN
Waterloo High School
Lisa Holcombe, RN
Lexington High School
Gina Fulks, LPN
Katie Howard, RN
Wilson High School
Cindy Lovelace, LPN 256-760-8316
Priscilla Stricklin, LPN 256-764-8470





Parents and guardians are responsible for enrolling their children in school and for assuring that their children attend school and obey behavior rules and guidelines as set out by school policy. Parents/Guardians failing to enroll students and assuring their attendance and proper behavior are subject to attending an Early Warning Program (through the Lauderdale County Judicial System), fines and/or imprisonment under state law. State law also requires the Superintendent to report all truancy-related suspensions to the District Attorney. (Alabama 16-28-16, 16-28-3, 12-15-13, Act #94-782).


Students must have a student enrollment form to take the driver's test. The form must be picked up at school during the school day. During the 1994 Legislative session, the Alabama Legislature passed Act #94-820, which attaches school attendance standards with the right to retain, apply, renew, or reinstate a driver's license or learner's permit to operate a motor vehicle.


1. No more than five parent/guardian notes with a maximum of five cumulative days total should be excused per semester.

2. More than five parent/guardian notes or days exceeding five days per semester will be coded unexcused.

3. Any absence beyond five days per semester must be doctor/court verified in order for administrators to consider if the absence(s) should be excused. (A letter from a doctor's office stating someone CALLED about his/her child on a specific date or dates DOES NOT meet the definition of a doctor's excuse.)

4. A student must provide a written excuse within three days upon his/her return from school. Failure to do so will result in the absence being considered unexcused.

5. Doctor/Court excuses should have original signatures from the appropriate officials in order for the absence(s) to be considered excused.

6. School administrators have the right to investigate doctor/court excuses to determine their legitimacy.

7. After an absence, a student must have an admission form, signed by an administrator/designee, to return to class. This form should denote excused or unexcused absence. Students should not be allowed in class without designated admission form stating excused or unexcused status.

8. Attendance policy applies to all students enrolled in school regardless of age. However, students ages 17 and over may be dismissed from school if they have 10 consecutive unexcused absences or 15 cumulative unexcused absences in a school year.

9. Work missed for unexcused absences should not be allowed to be made up for a grade.

10. Students in grades 9-12 with 10 (ten) or more unexcused absences may not receive credit due to non-attendance. Students in grades 1-8 may be retained if they have 20 or more unexcused absences in a school year.

SRO Guidelines



·The SRO is an extension of the principals’ office. The SRO will work in concert with the principal(s), meeting with them on an as needed basis.

·Problems occurring at a school where the SRO is not scheduled, should be referred to the Superintendent’s office to ask for the SRO’s assistance.

·The SRO shall abide by School Board policies and shall consult with and coordinate activities through the school principal, but shall consult with and coordinate activities through the school principal, but shall remain fully responsive to the chain of command of the law enforcement agency in all matters relating to employment and supervision.

·The SRO will make available to the school faculty and students a variety of law enforcement related presentations.

·The SRO will coordinate all activities with the principal and will see advice and guidance prior to enacting any new program within the school.

·The SRO is not a school disciplinarian. If the principal believes an incident is a violation of the law, he shall contact the SRO who shall determine whether law enforcement action is appropriate. The SRO can be present during a disciplinarian act by the administration if requested by the administration first.

·Should it become necessary for the SRO or other Sheriff’s Department personnel to conduct formal investigation interviews on a school campus with students or staff, the Sheriff’s Department personnel shall abide by School Board policy concerning such interviews.

·As soon as practical, the SRO will notify the school principal about any law enforcement activity undertaken on the school campus. The SRO may coordinate with principal and Superintendent to make unannounced visit by other law enforcement officials to search for alcohol, drugs, weapons, or other banned substances. The officers will take appropriate law enforcement action against intruders and unwanted guests who appear during regular school hours or during extracurricular activities at school related functions.

·The SRO acts as a liaison with law enforcement agencies and provides those agencies with basic information concerning students on campuses.

·The SRO will be available for conferences with students, parents, and faculty members in order to assist them with a problem they may have.

·The SRO refers students and/ or families to the school counselor(s) and to the appropriate agencies for assistance when a need is determined, such as mental health centers, drug treatment centers, etc.

·To promote citizen awareness of law enforcement efforts, to assure the peaceful operation of school-related programs, and to build support with students, SRO’s, ma, whenever possible, participate in or attend school functions.

·The SRO will coordinate with the principal for additional security personnel.

·The SRO will dress casual with weapon, handcuffs, identification and any other equipment deemed necessary to perform the deputy function. The SRO will wear full uniform when appropriate, such as sporting events, dances, and whenever the SRO feels the need to reaffirm their roles as law enforcement officers.

·The SRO is a resource for students that will enable them to be associated with a law enforcement figure in their environment.

·The SRO’s will develop routines and schedules that provide for good time management within the school schedule.

Wayne Emfinger

Central School
School: 764-2903

Green Fountain

Wilson School, Underwood School
School: 764-8470

Donnie Hill

Lexington School
School: 229-6622

Ron Lansdell

Waterloo High School

John Mansell

Lauderdale County BOE
School: 760-1300

Johnny Morrow

Brooks High School, Brooks Elementary School

Stephanie Thompson

Attendance/Textbook Secretary
Lauderdale County BOE
School: 760-1300

Ron Van Nuys

Rogers High School
School: 757-3106


Special Education/Gifted


Child Find 1-800-392-8020 or 800-543-3098If you feel that you need more information or have any questions, please contact our office at 760-1300.The Lauderdale County Special Education Department is committed to locating and evaluating children who are ages 0-21 and are suspected of having a disability that adversely affects their educational performance and who may be in need of specialized instruction.

Child Find is a statewide effort by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21.

Child Find helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students meeting eligibility requirements in a variety of disability areas.

For more information about Child Find, contact the Special Education department at the Lauderdale County Board of Education at 256-760-1300.

Teresa Baker

Secretary to Special Programs
School: 760-1300

Janie Darby

Behavior Interventionist

Mia Edenfield

Program Specialist
School: 760-4043

Brooke Gilmer

Director of Special Education
School: 760-1324

Sarah Hester

Program Specialist

Amber McCord

Program Specialist
School: 760-1332

Kim Meeks

Program Specialist
School: 760-1300


Lauderdale County Schools

P.A.C.E. Program

State Guidelines

Lauderdale County Schools complies with the Alabama Act 106 that mandates school systems identify and serve gifted students. Lauderdale County Schools follow the guidelines set forth in the "gifted" section of the Alabama State Department of Education-Administrative Code-Chapter 290-8-9-12 for: Referral, Consent, Evaluation, Eligibility Determination, Placement and Service Delivery Options, Gifted Education Plan, Administration, Caseload, and Procedural Safeguards.

Definition of Gifted

Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.

For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.

To make a referral, contact the Gifted Specialist at your child's school.

Weston Stewart - Central, LCHS, and Waterloo

Mary Leigh Burns - Underwood and Wilson

Allison Hall - Brooks

Rebecca Hathcock - Rogers and Lexington

"A Snapshot of Our PACE Program"

If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Gilmer at the Lauderdale County Board of Education at 256-760-1300 or contact the Gifted Specialist at your child's school.

Gifted Links:

Alabama Association for Gifted Children

Shoals Association for Gifted

National Association for Gifted Children

Social Services


Students and parents/guardians have access to social worker, Bill Lovelace, who is employed by the Lauderdale County Board of Education. Services are free of charge and available to all students and parents. Although this program is housed at the Central Office, he visits and provides services for all county schools. Referrals and correspondence are handled with total confidentiality. Bill can be reached at 760-1300.

How the School Social Worker can assist you:

1. Protective Function of the School: How to protect children from child abuse and make them feel safer by keeping track of latchkey children and instituting a child abuse reporting policy.

2. Physical Child Abuse: To help explain procedures for identifying abusive families, reporting suspected abuse, the importance of Protective Services, and appropriate roles and actions for each school professional.

3. Neglect: A Passive Form of Abuse: To help distinguish between neglect and physical abuse and how to overcome the difficulties with neglectful families that so often frustrate educators.

4. Sexual Abuse: How to detect warning signals of abuse, train children to protect themselves, and handle the crisis of disclosure with tact and sensitivity.

5. Psychological Abuse: To provide procedures for helping children who suffer from emotional neglect, emotional abuse, and verbal abuse.

6. Helping Children Cope with Separation from a Parent and Placement Outside the Home: To help recognize reactions to separation from a parent, prepare student for prolonged absences, and help foster children who suffer the deepest separation anxiety.

7. The Impact of and Coping with Divorce, and Remarriage: To provide information or guidelines that might help a child make adjustments.

8. The Single-Parent Families: Suggestions for one-parent families and information as to where to obtain services.

9. Helping Children Cope with Death: To provide information to help alleviate the guilt and fear when children lose a parent, sibling, or classmate.

10. Child and Adolescent Suicide: To help identify depressed children and suicidal risks.

11. Chapter I Parental Involvement: To plan and coordinate activities that will help obtain the maximum benefit from parents and schools working together.

12. Home visits and to assist school nurses.

13. Assist with Social and Financial Problems: i.e., need for utilities, need for housing, need for medical attention when unable to pay, need for clothing and shoes.

Support Our Students

SOS - Support Our Students

Growing up isn't always easy. That's why we have created SOS. This page is designed to offer support for our students in all areas of life. If you have a problem and don't know where to a link, email, or call one of the contacts provided. We may not have all the answers, but we will try to find a workable solution. Any communication will remain confidential with two exceptions:

  1. The sender threatens to harm someone
  2. The sender threatens to harm him or herself

The following individuals or community agencies are available to Support Our Students:

ALA-TEEN, AL-ANON, Alcoholics Anonymous-766-7118

Bradford Health Services - - 760-0200

C.R.U.T.C.H. Crisis Line-381-1300,

(suicide, runaway, child abuse, abortion prevention)

Child Help - 1-800-422-4453

Children's Policy Council - -246-1473

Cramer Children Center - - 760-1140

Health Connect America. 256-712-2822

HIV/AIDS Hotline - 1-800-228-0469

Lauderdale County Juvenile Probation Office - 760-5850

Legal Services Alabama-767-2020

Narcotics Anonymous-1-800-239-5509

National Runaway Hotline-1-800-621-4000

National VD/STD Hotline - 1-800-227-8922

Parent Resource Newsletter

Rape Response - 767-1100 24 hour crisis line

Riverbend Center for Mental Health - - 764-3431

Safe Schools Hotline (to report school violence) - 1-888-728-5437

Safeplace - Domestic violence - - 767-6210 - 24 hour crisis line

Salvation Army - 764-4432

Shoals Sav-A-Life Inc. - 740-0640

The Healing Place - - 383-7133

The HELP Center - 766-7663

The Lauderdale County Health Department - 764-7453 -

211 Connects Alabama - Information and Referral - dial 211 then follow prompts

To anonymously report bullying, abuse, or any other confidential issue contact Bill Lovelace

Bill Lovelace

School: 760-1300