Counseling & Health Services

Counseling & Health Services Staff

Good health, both physical and emotional, is essential to everyone. Dummerston School employs both a full-time Registered Nurse and a full-time School Counselor.

Mary Ann Runge, R.N., School Nurse - -- 802-254-2733, Extension 102

Erica Garnett, School Counselor - -- 802-254-2733, Extension 124

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New Vermont Immunization Laws (effective July 1, 2017) require that all students be immunized, unless exempt, prior to school entry. For more information, please visit the Vermont Department of Health website.

Immunization Entry Requirements 2018 - 2019 School Year.pdf
Vaccination Coverage for 2017-2018 School Year.pdf

Student Medication

At times, it is necessary for students to take medication during the school day. On these occasions, it is required that authorized permission and appropriate information about the medication be provided. The Student Medication Policy (Code F8) summarizes the requirements that must be met before medications can be administered at school. If students must take medication during the school day, a Prescription Medication Order and Permission Form must be completed and signed by the physician. Students should not carry cough drops, lozenges, aspirin or any non-prescription medication in school. These are considered medications; therefore, the medication policy must be followed.

Health & Wellness

For the health and safety of the Dummerston School community, students MUST be excluded from school with the following illnesses:

  • Chicken Pox - 1 week after the first skin lesions appear or until all vesicles have crusted
  • Conjunctivitis - 24 hours after the start of medication
  • Impetigo - 24 hours after the start of medication
  • Strep Infections - 24 hours after treatment started and free from fever
  • Fever - Students must be free from fever, which is defined as a temperature greater than 100.0 degrees F, for at least 24 hours without the use of over-the-counter fever reducing medications such as Tylenol, Acetaminophen, and Advil.
  • Vomitting & Diarrhea - Students must be free from vomitting and diarrhea for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.


In order to decrease the spread of flu among students and school staff, the VT Department of Health recommends the following:

  • Stay home when sick: Students with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. They should stay home even if they are using antiviral drugs.
  • Separate ill students: Students who appear to have flu-like illness will be sent to a room separate from others until they can be sent home.
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette: The new recommendations emphasize the fundamentals of influenza prevention: stay home when sick, wash hands frequently with soap and water, and cover noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirtsleeve or elbow if no tissue is available).
  • Routine cleaning: School staff will routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often.
  • Early treatment: Students at high risk for influenza complications who become ill with influenza-like illness should speak with their health care provider as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral medications is very important for children at high risk.