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Mount Vernon City Schools

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School Health

Laine Shoemaker, RN, BSN, LSN

District School Nurse

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I am a graduate of Kent State University, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in 2005. I have worked in the hospital setting for 13 years prior to starting at Mount Vernon City Schools in 2018. My work experience includes Med/Surg, ER, and Cardiology. I received my School Nurse Certification from Ashland University in 2020 and am a current Licensed School Nurse through the Ohio Department of Education. I divide my time between the eight buildings within the Mount Vernon City School District, which includes the high school, middle school, and six elementary schools. We are lucky to have a dedicated health assistant in each building to help in day-to-day clinic care and overall student health. 

When Should I Stay Home

Akron Children's Hospital When Should I Stay Home poster with emojis..

Please remember that sick students should stay home from school! Refer to this emoji guide from Akron Children's Hospital to know when you'd be better off to stay home, and when you're ready to return to school after an illness.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screenings will be administered during the school year to all children in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh grades, as well as any new students to the district, as required by state law.
Why is it important to have your child’s vision screened?

Students with vision problems do not know the way that they see the world is not the way they should be seeing it. Without early detection and treatment, vision problems can lead to permanent vision concerns and learning difficulties.

Vision screening
will consist of one or more of the following:

  • Distance visual acuity - ability to see objects far away
  • Stereopsis Screening- helps to determine if a child is using both eyes together, and may identify a child who has or is at risk for amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Color vision - ability to see colors

Why is it important to have your child’s hearing screened?

Hearing is important for speech, language development, reading, and learning. A hearing screening can detect if your child needs further hearing testing. Even if your child has passed a hearing screening previously, their hearing can change. Hearing loss is difficult to detect and children may appear to not be paying attention.

Hearing screening will consist of the following tests:

  • Audiometry - Screening of hearing acuity.

How will the results be shared?

If your child passes the screenings, you will not be contacted. A screening only provides a snapshot of how your child performs on the day the screening was administered and is not a substitute for a complete evaluation by a healthcare specialist. If your child fails either part of the screening, your School Nurse/Health Aide will contact you to share the results and may make a recommendation for further evaluation by a healthcare specialist.

If you have any questions about the school vision and hearing screening program, please contact your child’s school. If you would like to exempt your student from hearing and/or vision screening, please complete the Hearing and Vision Screening Waiver and be sure to mark NO hearing or vision screenings during your online school registration each year.

Complete the Health Screening Results Form form if your child will be screened by his/her doctor.

For questions regarding vision and hearing screenings please contact:

Laine Shoemaker, RN, BSN, LSN District Nurse
email: l[email protected]