DATE: September 29, 2017
LOCATION: Central Davie Education Center, Board Room
The Davie County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) met at 12:00 Noon on Friday September 29, 2017 in the Board Room at Central Davie Education Center. In the absence of Chair, Beth Edwards secretary, Kathy Bokeno welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. All members present introduced themselves to 3 new members of the SHAC Committee. Luke Harris, Davie County YMCA, John Eller , Davie County Manager and Amy Gould, School Social Worker for Davie County Schools replacing Lynn Yokley. Kathy asked if there were changes or correction to the minutes from the May 5, 2017 meeting. There being none, Jennifer Custer made a motion to approve the minutes as received. The motion was seconded by Barbara Owens and carried.
- Amy Gould Social Worker/Parent
- Andreia Collins Lead Social Worker
- Aubrey Draughn Social Worker
- Barbara Owens Board of Education
- John Eller Davie County manager
- Brandi Patti Healthy Carolinas of Davie
- Alicia Holman Student Service Coordinator
- Luke Harris Davie County YMCA
- George Sulecki Child Nutrition Director
- Dr. Clio Austin Health Medical Advisor
- Jennifer Custer Director of EC Program
- Kathy Bokeno Lead School Nurse
- Melissa Hill Dept. of Social Services
- Alicia Holman SS Coordinator/Dropout Prevention
Staff to Council
- Lori Dingler School Nurse
- Katie McDaniel School Nurse
- Sherry Wilson School Nurse
- Amber Samuels School Nurse
- Ruth Campbell Student Services Administrative Assistant
- Beckie Boulton, State Dental Hygienist
WELLNESS POLICY UPDATE- George Sulecki, Child Nutrition Director
- George reported that the Child Nutrition Program as well as the Wellness Policy was reviewed by DPI in May of 2017. They were found to be compliant in all areas reviewed, no changes needed.
- George reported the mobile website is up and running and is available on Apple and Android devices. There are menus for all schools not only showing the food available each day but also with nutrient value of the foods. Kathy Bokeno, Lead School Nurse commented that this is a very user friendly website and helpful with the diabetic students to be able to count carbs, calories, sodium, sugar etc. It is also helpful in the district helping students and staff to make healthy meal choices.
SCHOOL HEALTH UPDATE- Kathy Bokeno, Lead School Nurse
- The nurses have been busy this school year working on Health Assessments on all kindergarteners and checking their Immunizations records. There is a 30 day deadline for all to become compliant, if they do not they will be excluded until all requirements are met. In addition all students new to North Carolina public schools are required to have a health assessment as well. Kathy reported that sometimes this can be difficult because their Medicaid has not been approved yet. In NC it can sometimes take 6-8 weeks to get approval, the Health Department has assisted this year in helping to see these students and getting their Health Assessments complete.
- This year Tuesday September 26th exclusion letters went home and these students were not allowed to come back to school on Wednesday. There were 43 students not in school on Wednesday, as of Thursday there were only 23 students excluded for not meeting these requirements. The school nurses work very hard every year by calling parents, helping to set up doctor appointments, sending out school messenger broadcast and having teachers send home letters in an effort to have all students compliant on the 30 day mark.
- A new online registration procedure required by Davie County Schools was implemented this school year. The online registration process includes the parent registering their student for school as well as filling out the health concerns form online. It has been difficult for the school nurses to identify all the students with health concerns until the parents go online and fill out the forms. Jennifer Custer shared that Erin Foil; PowerSchool Director reported this week that 75% of the district students were now registered online. Kathy Bokeno stated that there are still 25% of the district students who could have health concerns that the nurses and teachers are unaware of, hopefully the parents of the students with health concerns have made the school nurses aware of their concerns. There are efforts in place to try and get the rest of the students enrolled as soon as possible.
- Nurses are beginning a new electronic process for Health Room Visits. The information recorded when a student visits the health room will now be entered into Powerschool. The student’s health room history will now follow the student where they go just like all the other information in Powerschool.
- Healthy Davie Initiative will continue this year online. Luke Harris, YMCA reported there would a user friendly website with simple measureable exercise programs, and healthy nutritional foods ideas. There will be a campaign encouraging local restaurants to include more healthy choices on their menus. Kathy shared if you have been involved with the Healthy Davie Initiative earlier your email address is already registered with them. There will be monthly emails and updates about this program as time goes on.
- We are happy to report the Dental Van will be visiting schools again this year. There will be more information later about their schedule.
- Novant and Baptist hospitals offered FREE Health Screenings for all DCS employees at Convocation on August 25, 2017. The Baptist hospital representative has contacted Kathy about coming out to individual schools offering health screenings and other information to DCS schools staff. Kathy state that we may look into this since SHAC is supposed to be concerned with the health of DCS staff as well as the students.
- Last spring and in early August the school nurses held classes for all the Coaches, PE teachers and SMRT team members to get their CPR/First Aid and EPI Pen certification. There was a new law put into place this year requiring all coaches to be CPR certified. The Preschool teachers are also required to be CPR/First Aid certified.
- The Health Department has opened a new Department called The Nest. This is a program for school age children ages 9-19 and their families for behavioral health support. This is a great asset for the students and families of Davie County; we have not had much behavioral support for school aged kids here in the county. Sherry Wilson, School Nurse shared she had an experience with The Nest and it was an easy process with great support services not only for the student but with guidelines for follow-up procedures for the school as well. John Eller, County Manager shared that The Nest wants to be a resource for the community. There will be brochures coming out and will be distributed in the schools to school nurses, counselors and individual in the district who work with students with behavioral needs, in the meantime you can call the Health Department.
DENTAL UPDATE- Beckie Boulton, State Dental Hygienist (absent)
- A dental sealant project is planned at WRD this year and a sealant project will be conducted at CZE later in the fall. There will be more details later.
- All members present were given a packet that included a list of all the SHAC members, the Davie County School Health Advisory Council By Laws and the Action Plan for 2017-18. Childhood Obesity will continue to be our objective this year. This is an area that Davie County has seen growth but continues to be an area of concern for both children and adults. The hope is to continue to offer programs for both children and adults to continue to improve healthy living for all of Davie County.
- Brandi Reagan, Healthy Carolinians of Davie shared that they will begin gathering data for the Community Health Assessment which the state requires all health departments. They need to gather as much data as they can about the health concerns and issues with the residents of their county. She shared that the questionnaire would be about 35 questions. It will be set up online through Survey Monkey as well as local sites for people to drop by and participate with a paper/pencil or IPad version of the questionnaire.
- Andreia Collins, Lead Social Worker shared that she and Dr Clio Austin, Health Medical Advisor and her staff had a recent lunch and learns together. Both agreed they learned a great deal from the other about their role in absenteeism and tardiness where doctor visits are involved. Dr. Austin was unaware of the fact that it a student is at school by 11:30 they are still counted present for the amount of time they are there and even if it is after that time the student can still benefit from returning to school after a dr. visit. Aubrey Draughn, School Social Worker complimented Dr. Austin on her detailed doctor notes for medical visits by students.
- Luke Harris, YMCA reported the YMCA offers after school programs for all 6 elementary school sites. They provide healthy snacks, fun physical activities for kids K-5 as well as a swim program for 2nd graders.
- Barbara Owens, Board of Education shared about a new program called Family Promise. It has sponsored its 1st two families and things have gone well. This program helps homeless families with a place to stay, food and transportation to work, church laundry etc. the bus will hold 14 people at a time. Local Churches in the community are involved in helping provide a place to stay and meals for these families; they are a great part of its success. Brochures will be sent to schools for Social Workers to have information about this wonderful program. Barbara clarified that this program does not interfere with Just Hope and we are so fortunate to have both of these programs here in Davie County.
SHAC meetings are always at the CDEC boardroom @12:00 and lunch is provided.
Dates for this year’s meetings are November 17, 2017 February 9, 2018, and May 4, 2018.
There being no more business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:40 pm.
Kathy Bokeno, Secretary