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School Nurse

Hello parents!

My name is Scarlet Pendarvis and I am excited to introduce myself as the school nurse for the 2019-2020 school year. I am filling some big shoes, as Nurse McClendon has taken excellent care of the students and staff for the last several years.

Working with Carol two days a week last year was an excellent opportunity for me to transition to the role of school nurse. My nursing background is varied, with experience in the operating room, home health, clinical nurse instructor and more. I am excited to explore this new role!

School nursing is a specialized practice of public health nursing, with the goal of promoting student health and bridging health care and education. I am available to you and your student as we work in collaboration with faculty and staff to insure your child is healthy and ready to learn and develop to their full potential.
In order to help me take the best care of your child during the school day, please use the following checklist to insure I have all the pertinent information I will need.
  • Visit your healthcare provider with your child and update their required and recommended immunizations.
  • Bring current, signed healthcare provider orders for treatments and all medications to be given at school, in their original containers, to the infirmary and fill out the Authorization to Administer Medication sheet, available on the website or in my office.
  • Students with severe allergies, asthma, seizure disorders, diabetes, or other medical diagnoses should fill out a Medical Action Plan. These forms are also available on the website and in my office. I am available to schedule conferences to discuss your student's health in the school setting, and develop an individualized healthcare plan or other educational plan as needed, e.g., 504 and/or IEP.
  • Please refer to the school website for information regarding required immunizations, common childhood illnesses and when to keep a sick child home and when they can safely return.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to a healthy and successful school year!

Clinic hours 8am-3:30pm
Phone: 770-532-4383 Ext. 144
Fax: 770-536-6142
Email: scarlet.pendarvis@lakeviewacademy.org
CDC publishes “Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration—United States, 2020" in MMWR Early Release

CDC published Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration—United States, 2020 in a May 8 early release of MMWR. The report describes drastic reductions in vaccine ordering from the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program and also in vaccine administration to children and teens in recent weeks.

Various shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders have helped slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. However, recent findings show these restrictions have resulted in a troubling decrease in the number of children getting their recommended vaccinations. On March 24, CDC posted guidance stressing the importance of routine well-child visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. But recent data show a notable decrease in the ordering and administering of childhood vaccines.

A decline in measles-containing vaccine administration began the week after the declaration of the national emergency on March 13. Similar decreases were also noted for multiple vaccines that are essential to keep other serious diseases from reappearing during this public health emergency. The data indicate that many children are now vulnerable to several serious, vaccine-preventable diseases. The shortfalls are especially significant for children 2 through 18 years of age.

Going forward, healthcare organizations will need to promote childhood and adolescent vaccinations, including reaching out to parents of patients who are overdue for their recommended vaccinations.

Parental fears about potentially exposing children to COVID-19 may contribute to the recent decline in vaccine delivery. Medical practices need to implement safety protocols to protect families and reassure parents that safety protocols are in place. Clinicians and health departments need to continue coordinated efforts to achieve the rapid vaccination catch-up necessary to avoid outbreaks of deadly diseases.

Vaccinating children and teens is of the utmost importance. Parents need to schedule and attend well-child checkups, seek vaccination on schedule, and communicate with their healthcare provider to make sure children are up to date on all their vaccinations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the importance of vaccination and prevention of disease. Postponing vaccinations puts millions of children at risk for preventable infection.

Access the MMWR article in HTML format or in PDF format.
796 Lakeview Drive  Gainesville, GA  30501 • (770) 532-4383
Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in grades K3 through 12, located in Gainesville, GA. 

Lakeview Academy is committed to excellence in the personal growth and academic development of the college-bound student through a partnership of school, family, and community.