I hear it again and again – no two camps are identical. I get it, it makes sense. But there is one thing all camps share – the desire to promote and protect their mission. Whether explicitly laid out, or implied, that mission likely includes something along the lines of keeping campers healthy and safe. Even back in 1861 when The Gunnery Camp was founded,...

Corralling: To drive into; to arrange; to take control; to gather; to confine; to form

We often hear the phrase, “Were you raised in a barn?!” Well yes, actually they were. Our 11 beautiful and unique horses at CORRAL Riding Academy are our most prized therapeutic resources. Parents, teachers, probation officers, and counselors, often bring us girls who are emotionally responding and behaving as if they were “raised in a barn.” How do we respond? We let them join our herd.Amy Gressler

Our program focuses on developing and increasing emotional intelligence among our girls while improving functioning in all areas of life. We utilize a horsemanship style known as Natural Horsemanship and apply this technique to “our herd,” the girls. This style tends to go against many instincts of our girls, as well as their parents. In the end, we find it works best in “corralling” our girls.

Protecting students and staff is critical to the mission of any school, college, or university. That’s why safety plans and procedures are in place, and why campus security officials and personnel work constantly to improve those plans. While on campus attacks are certainly attention-grabbing, officials work tirelessly to prepare for other events as well, including natural disasters, epidemics, and individual attacks. It’s important we recognize safety Safety Firstpersonnel, not just for guiding us through horrific events, but also for their efforts, detailed in the US Department of Education Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education, spent preventing, mitigating, preparing and responding to emergencies.

Principals, heads of school, and headmasters (moving forward I'll just use the term principal) don’t need to concern themselves with student health information, right? Wrong. They do because they should have oversight of everything that happens in the school and with students. Principals are responsible for setting the tone, vision, and expectations of their school. Part of that is establishing what is important, and the most important thing (despite what testing may convey), is the well-being of students. After that comes academistudent medical recordc performance and all the other things that are, rightfully so, very important. But first and foremost is student well-being.

I KNEW something was wrong. After all, I am a nurse. I felt it, and saw it. Within seconds, my life changed. It was a kick in the gut, and I felt my veins fill with ice water. Mammograms, ultrasounds, CORE biopsies, cancer staging, Oncotyping, and sentinel Nodes….this was my new vocabulary. What I wouldn’t do for someone asking me about the weather. Breast Cancer? Shock, disbelief, fear, chaos, and confusion all kicked in, along with the unspoken, yet powerful side effect of grief. Guest Author Pam Barnes

The ever-dreaded word “SURVIVOR” was going to be incorporated not only into my vocabulary, but into my life. After experiencing all Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief, and becoming swiftly religious and prolifically literary within three weeks, I understood that “Survivor” is not exclusive, because cancer is not exclusive. What, in my mind, was reserved for someone else became my fate. However, knowing and learning what the word “survivor” really means helped me, and can benefit everyone. I learned what I already knew: I must fight. I am a woman, wife, mother, and school nurse. Cancer isn’t always that horrible, but there’s much to be done, and priorities need to be set. I can do this. I am happy and smart, and I will survive.

We’re in the midst March, but more importantly, we’re also in the midst of the 24th Annual Health Information Professionals (HIPA) Week. According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), “HIP Week is a great opportunity for professionals to showcase the benefits of their profession, working collectively to deliver quality healthcare through quality information.” “As new technology and policies evolve, HIM professionals’ jobs have...

Improving processes is great. Increasing security is wonderful. Reducing liability is practically a fun house. But until you can put a product in action, promised benefits remain arbitrary. So when Cape Fear Academy (CFA) implemented our SMR(student medical record) for their school health center, Business Officer Shana Barclay set about measuring the tangible and intangible promised outcomes. Maximized efficiency & reduced liability: Redundant paperwork...

Our CEO, Chas Scarantino, will be speaking at the 91st annual Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO) Conference in Dallas next week.  The conference runs November 4th-7th and our session about Texas House Bill 300, and Senate Bill 1107 will be November 6th.  If you'll be at the conference, make sure to attend our session because, although we recently blogged about HB...

Every day, schools face the question of how to be best prepared for a student medical emergency. In addition to events at home, schools must also be prepared for unforeseen disasters or emergencies when students travel off campus. The March/April 2012 issue of Net Assets, published by NBOA, addresses risk management in general, and planning abroad in the article, Travel Safe: Crisis Planning for Overseas Programs.  According to the...

Texas House Bill 300, which says school offices collecting health information are now HIPAA covered entities, went into effect last month.  Schools receiving federal funding, and thus are FERPA covered entities, are exempt from H.B. 300.  However, private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities not covered under FERPA are subject to H.B. 300 requirements, and must be prepared to abide by the new regulations. Prior to...

When someone is suffering, the majority of people instinctively want to help in some way. But it’s not always such an easy decision. In many schools, protocol requires written consent to treat or to administer medications. If the proper forms are not on file for a student, schools are following protocol and not treating the student. Just last month, a student suffering from an asthma...

Through the years of running a business, I’ve learned to constantly reevaluate our disaster plan and strategy. One great way to do this is to gather with co-workers and discuss different scenarios and how they might play out. This role-playing exercise is a fantastic way to uncover weaknesses in the armor of even the best-laid plans. As an active participant in these discussions, I find...

Some fall sports have already gotten underway, while others will soon follow suit. With any sport comes a degree of risk, so it’s important for schools to monitor new developments in legislation regarding student-athlete health. Concussion awareness and education top the list of frequently discussed topics for athletics. Not too long ago, we even chimed in on the subject with a research paper

Regulations around concussion management are constantly changing. Most recently, a new bill took effect in Nassau County, New York. In July, the “Concussion Management and Awareness Act” became law. Aiming to prevent concussions that could lead to more traumatic brain injuries, the “law requires coaches, physical education teachers and other appropriate school personnel to be trained about the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries and the importance of proper medical treatment.” 

As of April 25, 2012, a second objection form was created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Below are the guidelines provided by the THECB, as well as a few scenarios to explain when each of the forms should be used:  Conscientious Objection form for student NOT LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING: For new students (age 18 years or older) at institutions of higher education and NOT living or...

As of July 1, 2012, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health discontinued the previously required universal tuberculosis (TB) testing for students entering grades K-12.  It has been replaced with a universal screening and targeted testing approach. The new screening is now incorporated into the required physical exam for rising first graders.  Universal TB Screening is a risk-based assessment, and allows physicians to screen only those students who meet one of...

Did you know that your school could be responsible for storing student medical records for years beyond graduation? Are you aware that you can be held responsible for the safe-keeping of those records? Student information is divided into two main groups: immunization records and everything else relating to a student's health or academics. The required maintenance of these records varies from one school district to...

Magnus Health CEO, Chas Scarantino, is speaking at the upcoming TABS Risk Management Conference, Friday June 22, 2012.  Chas is co-presenting with Jessica Sepke of Saint Mary’s School on the topic of Sensitive Data:  Secure Transmission and Storage.  Keep reading for a teaser of the presentation… Sensitive Data: Secure Transmission and Storage Data encryption, user permissions, and document tracking are not possible in a paper...

In our litigious society, it is becoming increasingly more important for school administrators to understand the potential risk associated with student health information. You may already have precautionary measures in place to prevent confidential records from getting into the wrong hands; however, there are still two very important questions to ask yourself: Are hard copies of student health forms being stored in filing cabinets...

Earlier this month in California, new legislation was passed (Assembly Bill No. 25) that requires a concussion and head injury information sheet to be signed by a student athlete and his or her parent or guardian before attending practice or a competition. The law also states that the form has to be filled out and signed each year that a student plans to participate in...