The Williamstown Independent School District employs one full time Registered Nurse to serve the medical needs of all students.
Any medication given during school hours (even over-the-counter medications) must be accompanied by a doctor's order.
Several immunizations are recommended before you turn 19 years of age and can be extremely costly. To see if you qualify to receive these immunizations for free, call Nurse Rhonda. More information can be found HERE.
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Did you know....
- the leading cause of death on school campuses is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
- the #1 killer of student athletes is SCA?
The safety of our children while they are in our care is paramount to us.
We are pleased to announce that Williamstown Independent Schools is implementing a brand-new lifesaving Cardiac Emergency Response Plan, which has earned us an AED as part of Get Charged Up New York! hosted by the Louis J.
Acompora Memorial Foundation and Parent Heart Watch.
The statistics are startling. There are between 7,000 to 23,000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in youth each year. It’s the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses.
What’s more, across the United States, even the best emergency medical services (EMS) systems can’t reach cardiac arrest victims for at least 3 to 5 minutes. Given survival decreases by 10% each minute without emergency intervention, the actions taken by bystanders during the first few minutes of a cardiac emergency are critical. Prompt action can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, which on average is 10%.
It has been proven that a carefully orchestrated response to cardiac emergencies will reduce death and disability and we are proud to have made this a priority in our district.
What is a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan?
Simply put, it is a written and well-practiced response to a cardiac emergency at school that orients the campus community to starting hands-only CPR and using the onsite AED—similar to what everyone knows about the importance of fire drills and fire extinguishers. The plan was created by 12 national health and safety organizations led by the American Heart Association, and Parent Heart Watch launched Get Charged Up! to put the plan into action.
As a participating school we have earned an automated external defibrillator (AED), which studies show when used within the first minute of collapse can increase the victim’s chance of survival to 90%!
How can you help?
June 1 – 7 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week—a great time to take a moment to learn the Cardiac Chain of Survival so you will be prepared to save a life anywhere sudden cardiac arrest strikes—in school, on the field, at home, at work or in the community.
Take 60 seconds to watch Call Push Shock
Learn hands-only CPR (you don’t have to be certified to use it!)
Know where your school’s AED is located (the only device that will restart a heart)
Understand more about Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth
Learn how a Cardiac Risk Assessment can help prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Please direct your questions to Rhonda Wright, District Nurse: 859-824-0141.
You can also visit ParentHeartWatch.org.