Health Services

School Health Services

Barbara Hogden, School Nurse, may be contacted by email or telephone 7:15 AM – 3:15 PM

Monday Ettrick Elementary 608-525-4571
Tuesday Galesville Elementary 608-582-2241
Wednesday Trempealeau Elementary 608-534-6394
Thursday High School 608-582-2291
Friday Middle School 608-582-3500
Medical Alert: Please refer to the CDC – Pertussis Info link on the Health Services > Communicable Diseases webpage.

What we know in Trempealeau County about Pertussis

The disease is spread by air through direct face to face contact with the sick person.
Pertussis begins with cold like symptoms and a cough which becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs followed by a whooping noise. Older children, adults or very young infants may not develop the whoop. There is generally no fever. People with pertussis may have a series of coughs followed by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching breath. The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough. The duration of pertussis is 6 to 10 weeks. The disease is most serious in unimmunized infants and preschoolers. If you have preschool children at home, make sure they are up to date with their immunizations.
Pertussis is a reportable, communicable disease that needs to be isolated and treated. Treat early and isolate for 5 days (person with Pertussis).
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Posted on June 15, 2015


The following medication question/answers were sent to us from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

  1. How must nonprescription and prescription medications be sent to school?  Nonprescription medications must be supplied by the pupil’s parent or guardian in the original manufacturer’s package. The package must list the ingredients and recommended therapeutic dosage in a legible format. Prescription medications must be supplied by the pupil’s parent or guardian in the original pharmacy-labeled package. The package must list the name of prescription medication, the dose, the effective date, and the directions in a legible format.
  2. What documentation is required for a school to administer medications?
    Nonprescription medications:
    Administration of nonprescription medications to a pupil requires written consent and instructions from the pupil’s parent or guardian (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.29(2)(1-2)). Administration of nonprescription medications to a pupil in a dosage other than the recommended therapeutic dose may be done only if the written request to do so is also accompanied by the written approval of the pupil’s practitioner (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.29(2)(1)(b)). Practitioner is defined as a physician, dentist, optometrist, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse prescriber, or podiatrist.
    Prescription medications:
    Administration of prescription medications to a pupil requires written instructions from a medical practitioner, as well as parent or guardian consent.

What does this mean for your student?
No student should carry any medication on his or her person, except for inhalers, or an epinephrine auto injector, as approved by the student’s physician.

Over-the-Counter Medications

  • The school Medication/Procedure Form must be filled out completely and signed by the parent/guardian. Medication forms are available on the school website and at your local clinic.
  • Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container with the student’s name printed on the bottle or box. No expired medication will be given. All medication will be sent home at the end of the school year.
  • The exact dosage must be written on the medication permission form and match that on the container regarding age, weight, etc. of the student.

Medical Forms

Medication Form 2-12

Student Immunization Requirements (rev. 07/13)

Student Immunization Record (rev. 07/12)

Kindergarten Registration 2015 (.ppt)

Kindergarten Registration 2015 (pdf)

Nursing Service Mission Statement

The mission of the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District Nursing Service Program is to enhance the educational environment of each student by preventing, limiting, and removing health-related barriers to learning and to promote decision making that leads to each student’s optimal level of wellness.

Although the primary responsibility for the well-being of the student resides with the parent/guardian, the School District shares in that responsibility by providing for the health, illness, and emergency needs of the student during the regular school day, including curricular and co-curricular activities.

The School District recognizes that a healthy child can more fully realize the attainment of her/his individual educational objectives.

Our School District Health program is designed to improve, protect, and promote the health of each child.

The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is currently serviced by one registered nurse. School secretaries monitor the basic first-aid stations and administer medications when the school nurse is not available. Each school/complex has two designated staff certified in CPR/first-aid.

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