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Health Services

Christy King, RN, BSNHealth Services Coordinator
 

MISSION STATEMENT
The Troup County School System Health Services mission is to provide a holistic approach to the heath care of students. School health service personnel strive to enhance the education of students by helping remove any health related barriers to learning. In addition, Health Services promotes prevention and student and staff wellness.    

School Health Services

The Health Services department consists of 17 Nurses and a Health Services Coordinator who oversee the health and wellness of students and staff during school hours, including hands-on nursing care for acute and chronic student illnesses. They develop plans of care for students with chronic health care needs, provide health care education and implement student health screenings such as vision/hearing and scoliosis. In addition, the health services staff trains school system employees in CPR, AED/Code Valentine, and First Aid.

FAST FACTS

Troup County School System 
Health Services Department

TCSS Health Services Department and Clinic Staff cared for more than 12,000 students during the 22/23 school year

  • 88,020 students and or staff visited the nurse clinic
  • 53,001 medications were administered during the school year 
  • 117 School Staff Members were trained in CPR/AED Awareness and First Aid
  • 362 Students were seen/treated in the Callaway Elementary School Based Health Clinic 

 

Troup County Resources

VAPING INFORMATION 

What Is Vaping?
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales. That's why using e-cigarettes is called "vaping."

What Are the Health Effects of Vaping?
Vaping hasn't been around long enough for us to know how it affects the body over time. But health experts are reporting serious lung damage in people who vape, including some deaths.

Vaping puts nicotine into the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can:

  • slow brain development in teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood 
  • increase the risk of other types of addiction later in life

E-cigarettes also:

  • irritate the lungs
  • may cause serious lung damage and even death
  • can lead to smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco use

Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

Images of a E-pipe, E-cigar, large-size tank devices, medium-size tank devices, rechargeable e-cigarette, and a disposable e-cigarette.

For more information on smoking and tobacco use go to: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm 

NURSING STAFF

Bernice Strozier, RN
Callaway Middle School

Candice Crawford, LPN
Franklin Forest Elementary School

Courtney Carter, RN
Gardner Newman Middle School

Angela Kaye Hodge, RN
West Point Elementary School

Norma Fannin, LPN
Berta Weathersbee Elementary School

Pennie Hill, RN
Callaway High School

Tiffany Harris, LPN
Rosemont Elementary School

Loretta Allen, RN
Troup High School

Cindi Walston, RN
Hogansville Elementary School

Amy Crites, RN
LaGrange High School

Ivy Burton, LPN
Long Cane Elementary School

Chastain Pitts, LPN
Ethel Kight Elementary School

Ashley Aldridge, LPN
Hillcrest Elementary School

Dedra Siggers, LPN
Long Cane Middle School

Maxine Copeland, RN
Callaway Elementary School

Margaret Franklin, RN
Hollis Hand Elementary School

Sherrie Smith, LPN
Clearview Elementary School

Heart Health Tips

Flu Season

While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses typically circulate during the fall and winter during what’s known as the flu season. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although significant activity can last as late as May according to the CDC. 

What is Influenza (Flu)?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine every year. 

For more information about flu, see the CDC's Flu Guide for Parents

 

COVID Information and Guidance 

According to the CDC, the federal COVID-19 public health emergency declaration ended on May 11, 2023. This means that some of the guidance has also changed. Please see the link here for updated COVID-19 guidance provided by the CDC. 
In the event of any changes related to COVID-19 we will share information system wide.