Health Services

Your School Nurse is Debbie Smith MS RN

720-507-0841 or email


School Nurse

As your school nurse consultant, Debbie identifies students who have health problems and then collaborates and communicates with parents, school staff and appropriate medical personnel to develop plans that will help students be fully available for learning. Please notify Debbie of any health concerns or needs your students may have.

Health Assistants

The Health Assistant at Challenge to Excellence (C2E) is Francesca Merritt who carries out the medical/health duties during the day.  Other office staff members help fill this role in the absence of the Health Assistants.  The School Nurse provides oversight of the Health Assistants and other office staff who are available each day to respond to the immediate health needs of students.  Typically, Health Assistants are not medical professionals but are trained by the School Nurse Consultant in health room protocols for the care of sick or injured children who come the health room.


Frequently asked questions for the School Nurse

Can my student bring medication to school to take during the day?

C2E follows the DCSD Medication Policy.  Here is the link to the policy: Administering Medication to Students  C2E specifically follows the ELEMENTARY Medication policy and all medications are dispensed from the health room for all students K-8.  Unlike other DCSD middle schools, C2E middle school students cannot carry medications at school on a routine basis.

What forms do I need to bring to school with medication?

Please go to this link to access the Student Medication Release Form  Any medication including prescription and over-the-counter medications must have this form completed by your physician.  Self-carry of medications will be considered for Middle school students on a case-by case basis.  District policy states:  If a student must receive prescription or over the counter medication during school hours, the parent or guardian shall furnish the medication. Prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container. The label shall state the student’s name, medication, dosage, number and/or time(s) of dosages per day and name of the prescribing health care provider. Over the counter medication must be in its original packaging.

Do you still give students Tylenol if they need it?

No, we no longer give Tylenol at school unless we have a medication release form completed by your physician specifically for your student. As with any Over-The-Counter medication a Student Medication Form is required from your physician.

Can you give my student herbals or homeopathic medication?

No the district policy does not allow us to dispense these: Douglas County School District employees may not administer homeopathic or herbal preparations.

What immunizations are required for school?

This following LINK lists the required immunizations for school attendance for students K-12 for 2018-2019. Students in grades K-12 claiming a NON-MEDICAL EXEMPTION must submit the non-medical exemption form each school year.  EXEMPTIONS expire June 30 each year. Non-medical exemptions can be claimed by submitting the online form,  Online NonMedicalExemptionForm, (please print for the school), or by submitting the actual form NON MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM directly to school.

When does my child need to stay home with illness?

We ask that you keep your students home when they are sick to prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff.  This means that if your student has a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat or other symptoms of illness that they should remain home until they feel better.  Please review the DCSD student attendance policy at this link: Attendance Policy

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