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General Clinic Information

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The clinic is open a few days before the school year begins and one day after school lets out for summer break. If your child has a medical issue that needs to be addressed, please contact Teri Garlich, RN so that she can review any procedures with you. New and refilled medications can be brought into the clinic throughout the school year. They must be in the original labeled pharmacy container and a School Medication Permit, filled out by the prescribing medical provider, is required for each different medicine you bring in. 

If your child becomes ill during the school day, you will be contacted to come and pick them up. Once you arrive at the school, the office staff will inform the nurse. The nurse will bring your child to you with specific instructions on when he/she may return to school. If your child sustained an injury at school that is non-life threatening, but bruising or swelling is present, the school nurse will contact you via phone with the care provided to the child in the clinic. If she cannot reach you immediately, she will leave a voicemail message.

Bathroom accidents and spills happen in early childhood. We do request that you pack your child a change of clothes to keep in his/her backpack or locker; however, if your child comes home in a change of clothes provided by the clinic, please wash and return them to the clinic.

Lakota Local Schools is fortunate to have each of our clinics managed by a full-time registered nurse. Our nurses play an essential role in the daily and chronic health needs of our students, both as a medical professional and as an advocate for safety and health of all students and staff.

Recognizing the physical, emotional, and social needs of the students enables the nurse to advocate and educate for their needs to promote optimal learning in the school setting. Health Services provides a long list of services, some of which include:

  • Daily management of the clinic and observation and reporting of health trends;
  • Administration of medications and nursing procedures as prescribed by a physician and set forth by District policy;
  • Providing first aid and referrals as needed for community resources;
  • Developing and educating emergency action plans for students with critical health needs;
  • Performing mandated vision and hearing screenings and refers for follow-up as needed;
  • Maintaining health records and immunization compliance within the state requirements; and
  • Collaborating and consulting with staff regarding student’s health concerns and needs in the school setting.

Meet Our Nurse

Theresa Garlich


The school nurse is Teri Garlich. She started in the building in 2018, and brings 25 years of pediatric experience in nursing. Teri provides health services in the school by treating injuries and illnesses and managing health issues.