School Health Services
School Health Services Mission Statement
To enhance learning by promoting health and wellness, and by implementing a coordinated health program that addresses the needs of Vinton County Schools students, staff, and the school community.
Nurse's Schedule


Nurse's Schedule
Val Rahamut, RN, BSN, LSN
Monday - South
Tuesday - West
Wednesday - Central
Thursday - Middle School
Friday - High School


Health Screenings

      *All Preschoolers
      *Grades: Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9
      *Teacher referrals
      *All new students to the District

Vision testing requirements

Preschool, Kindergarten and First

      *All new students to the District

        Random Dot E Test

      *Muscle Balance Test

Kindergarten or First Grade
      *Color Perception Test (Males Only)

Preschool, Kindergarten, First, Third, Fifth, Seventh & Ninth
      *Distance Visual Acuity Test

      *Observation *All new students to the District

 First Grade
     *Alternate Cover Test

      *All Preschoolers
      *Grades: Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 9, & 11
      *Teacher referrals
      *All new students to the District

Hearing Testing Requirements
      *Screen with a pure tone audiometer at 20 dBL
      *1000 Hz – Right & Left Ear
      *2000 Hz – Right & Left Ear
      *4000 Hz – Right & Left Ear


      *All 5th grade students
      *All new 5th grade students to the district
      *Teacher referrals

Height, Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI)
      *As needed


Health Resources

This is a wonderful web site for information about diseases, health promotion, safety, and nutrition.

This web site contains information about preparation and safety of food.

These are wonderful sites about warning signs, prevention, and treatment of stroke.

A very good resource for understanding the conjunctivitis, what causes it and how it is treated.


Web Links
This site provides information on various health topics such as first aid, safety and illnesses. There are also links for kids and teens.
This site offers information on drug, medication, health news, and other resources.
Web-site dedicated for parents with children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
This web sire is sponsored by the American Heart Association, and offers up-to-date education for adults.
This site has lesson plans K-12.
This is a wonderful site for teachers. It features lesson plans, experiments, brain twisters, and many other resources.
A fun site.
This is a great site for dental care. Kids will learn how to keep their teeth healthy and free from cavities.
Excellent website geared toward providing a safe environment for our children.
This site is full of information relating to the safety of children.
Very cute!
National Prevention Strategy: Plan for Better Health & Wellness
ZocDoc: Healthcare Provider Search


The Ohio Department of Health regulates the rules governing the immunization of children in Ohio.

Immunizations required by Section 3701.13, and 3313.671,of the Ohio Revised Code and amended effective October 13, 2015:

Requirements are evidence of:

     *All Preschool students – Hepatitis B (3 in a series)
     *All Preschool students – 1 MMR
     *All Preschool students – 4 DTP/DTaP/DT/TD
     *All Preschool students – 3 Polio
     *All Preschool students  - 1 Varicella (Chickenpox)
     *All Kindergarten students - Hepatitis B (3 in a series)
     *All Kindergarten students - 2 MMR
     *All Kindergarten students – 5 DTP/DTaP/DT/Td if the fourth dose was administered prior to the fourth birthday
     *All Kindergarten students – 4 Polio if the third dose was administered prior to the fourth birthday
     *All Kindergarten students -  Varicella (chickenpox) or written evidence from parent/guardian or physician that your child has had natural chicken pox
     *All 7th grade students -  Tdap Booster & One (1) dose of meningococcal vaccine must be administered prior to entry
      *All 12th grade students - Two (2) doses of meningococcal vaccine must be administered prior to entry

Pupils who have not been immunized by “a method of immunization approved by the department of health pursuant to Section 3701.13 of the Revised Code,” are to be excluded from school attendance no later than fifteen days after admission.

The Vinton County Board of Education gives students and parents 20 days to comply with the Ohio Immunization Law; therefore, students will be excluded from school beginning September 19, 2017.

Head Lice
The Vinton County Local School District has a “nit-free” policy.

      *Beginning of school
      *After Thanksgiving vacation
      *After Christmas vacation
      *After any four (4) day break  


      *Temporarily exclude from school until after the first treatment
      *Treat with RID, Nix, or De-Bug
      *All nits must be removed from hair
      *Treat family members
      *Treatment must be repeated in 7 to 10 days
      *Vacuum carpets, furniture and house daily
      *Wash clothes, hats, scarves, and bedding.  


Communicable Diseases

      *Pink Eye - Exclusion from school for 24 hours after treatment with antibiotic

       For pink eye facts for parents and teachers, please visit the following link.

      *Impetigo - Exclusion from school for 24 hours after treatment has begun and there is no discharge

      *Chicken Pox - Exclusion from school until all lesions are scabbed over and dry (5-7 days)

      *Ringworm - Exclusion from school until treatment has begun, and lesions must be covered on return to school

      *Scabies - Exclusion from school for 24 hours following the initial treatment with appropriate scabicide

Parent Alert




All students must have proof of the following immunizations before September 19, 2017. If proof is not received by this date, students will be excluded from school until compliance is met.


      *5 DTaP
      *4 Polio
      *Hepatitis B (3 shot series)
      *2 MMR’s 
      *2 Varicella (Chickenpox)
HB 463 Requirement for Chicken Pox Immunization
House Bill 463 requires kindergarten students "during or after the school year that began in 2006" to provide evidence of having received immunization against chicken pox.
If a student has had natural chicken pox, written evidence from parent/guardian or physician may be accepted.

Val Rahamut

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year. I am the School Nurse Coordinator for the District. I can be reached at Central Elementary - 596-4386, South Elementary - 384-2731, West Elementary - 596-5236, the Middle School - 596-5243 and the High School - 596-5258. I can also be reached through the County Office at 596-5218 Ext. 236. In case of an emergency you may call 740-645-3259. Please feel free to contact me with your referrals or concerns. Have a great year!

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