High school discusses need for nurse practitioner

Daniel Briseno daniel@prairiepress.net
Posted 11/21/22

Paris High School will soon have a nurse practitioner on site for school students, and District 95 Superintendent Jeremy Larson wants everyone to know why this is important.

Larson emphasized to …

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Paris High School will soon have a nurse practitioner on site for school students, and District 95 Superintendent Jeremy Larson wants everyone to know why this is important.

Larson emphasized to board members that not every household is like theirs.

“There is a district 95 student who received staples in his head at the E.R.,” said Larson. “They should have been taken out a few weeks ago but weren’t because the parent didn’t take them back. With the nurse practitioner on site, we could have taken them in, and they could have removed them at no cost.”

Board members had questions for Larson about what the nurse practitioner will do.

“Will they be able to give flu vaccines?” asked board member Kevin Koepfel.

The short answer is yes with parental consent.

“We have been approached by people saying we are just going to vaccinate students at will,” said Larson. “The only way anything will happen is if the parent consents.”

Larson added the state will do an inspection to assure that the room set up for the nurse practitioner meets all requirements and is ready for student patients.

“The state is coming in to assure the room is ready,” said Larson. “Then once it is a go, the state will come back for a ribbon cutting, and it will be a go.