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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2012
Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said Tuesday night that there was a plan in place for Washington County Public Schools to pick up funding for a school nursing program if the county had to pay a portion of teacher pensions. Speaking to standing-room-only crowd of 65 people gathered at Smithsburg Town Hall, Murray said the plan was designed to allow for a seamless continuation of the school nursing program. He said county officials were shocked when the Washington County Health Department began sending layoff notices to all 76 school nurses last week.
EDUCATION
November 21, 2011
St. Mary Catholic School held its annual readathon on Nov. 9. Each student read for 100 minutes.   The eighth-graders read to the kindergarten students, while the first-graders read to the prekindergarten students, with all other students reading to themselves. Guest readers included Principal Patricia McDermott, school nurse Paula Radley, administrative assistant Cheryl Hammond and library assistant Sister Corda Mullinex. Students acquired pledges to raise money for The Salvation Army Angel Project.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
Officials with the Washington County Health Department, in coordination with Washington County Public Schools, will offer nasal influenza vaccines to children in prekindergarten through fifth grade. The availability of Federal Immunization Stimulus funding has given the health department the ability to provide the vaccines free of charge. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary, and students must receive parental permission before receiving the vaccine.   The  health department nursing staff will administer the first vaccines in September and October.
EDUCATION
October 3, 2011
The Washington County Health Department, in coordination with Washington County Public Schools, is offering nasal influenza vaccines to children in prekindergarten through fifth grade. The availability of federal immunization stimulus funding has given the health department the ability to provide the vaccines free of charge. Participation in the program is  voluntary, and students must receive parental permission before receiving the vaccine.   The health department nursing staff will administer the first vaccines this month and gave some in September.
NEWS
December 18, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Thirty-six Summitview Elementary School children were on a bus involved in an accident Thursday morning on Pa. 16 in front of Hardee's, school and police officials said. One girl was taken to Waynesboro Hospital as a precaution and later released, Waynesboro Area School District Business Administrator Caroline Dean said. "They had EMTs there as well as our policy is the school nurse will be there," she said. Washington Township police said James Vinson of Waynesboro was driving a car that collided with the back of the bus driven by Melissa Hockenberry of Waynesboro at 8:45 a.m. The car was towed from the scene in the 1500 block of East Main Street, police said.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | October 27, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com On the shelf behind Marsha Spickler's desk at Opequon Elementary School in Martinsburg, W.Va., there are a stuffed doll and five stuffed bears, all depicting nurses. The doll and the bears are sitting, something Spickler rarely gets to do as coordinator of school nurses for Berkeley County, W.Va., schools. "There are nine of us and we all travel to different schools," Spickler said. With a school population of 14,228 in 27 schools, that makes the ratio 1,580 youngsters to one nurse.
NEWS
by DAVID DISHNEAU | December 17, 2003
Frequent hand-washing to fight the spread of influenza is elementary, but it's a challenge at many schools, where soap dispensers have been removed from student bathrooms to curb vandalism. Public schools aren't required to provide soap, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. Local administrators must find their own solutions to such problems, said Vicki Taliaferro, a state school health services specialist, said. "It becomes more of an administrative issue than a health issue," she said.
NEWS
January 1, 2009
JULY 28, 1917-DEC. 30, 2008 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Monath Sellers, 91, of 136 Village Square and formerly of 166 Highland Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Menno Haven. Born July 28, 1917, she was the daughter of Robert W. and Jeanette Forbes Monath. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel R. Sellers, in 1996. They were married Feb. 23, 1952. She graduated as a registered nurse from the Harrisburg (Pa.) Hospital Training School for Nurses.
NEWS
September 11, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - On Aug. 28, the Quincy High School alumni reunion was held at Otterbein Senior Center on South Potomac Street in Waynesboro. There were 192 people in attendance, which included graduates, friends and those who had attended but not graduated from Quincy High School due to the transfer to Waynesboro Area School District in 1964. A social hour preceded the dinner. Russell Irving welcomed everyone and a moment of silence and remembrance was held for the deceased classmates and teachers, followed by the invocation given by the Rev. James Mole.
OBITUARIES
March 14, 2013
Elizabeth Lee Garrison, 90, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley Eckstein Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., after suffering a severe stroke. Known to her friends as Betty, she was born Oct. 12, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent her early years in Halfway and Hagerstown, Md., graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1940. She was the daughter of John and Madeleine Long of Halfway, Hagerstown, and the wife of Lt. Col. Donald H. Garrison, U.S. Air Force (retired)
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OBITUARIES
March 14, 2013
Elizabeth Lee Garrison, 90, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley Eckstein Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., after suffering a severe stroke. Known to her friends as Betty, she was born Oct. 12, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent her early years in Halfway and Hagerstown, Md., graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1940. She was the daughter of John and Madeleine Long of Halfway, Hagerstown, and the wife of Lt. Col. Donald H. Garrison, U.S. Air Force (retired)
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NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2013
Nurses in Washington County Public Schools have been seeing about 20,000 students a month since Meritus Medical Center took over the nursing program this year, officials said at a Washington County Board of Education meeting Tuesday afternoon. The number of students being seen by nurses was part of an update on the nursing program that was presented to board of education members. Of the students being seen, about 35 percent of them are being helped for dispensing of medication and about 10 percent are being helped for minor injuries, said Joseph P. Ross, president and chief executive officer of Meritus Health.
NEWS
August 21, 2012
Schools to have school health services Washington County Public Schools will have school health services for the start of the school year, which is Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent Mike Markoe told the school board Tuesday night. The school system and Meritus Medical Center Inc. recently finalized an agreement for Meritus to provide school health services. Previously, the Washington County Health Department provided those services. So far, Meritus has hired all 25 of the certified medical technicians and all 11 of the licensed practical nurses, according to information Markoe providedThe Herald-Mail.
OPINION
June 21, 2012
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OPINION
June 13, 2012
Commissioners' decision demeans kids, nurses To the editor: I'm writing as the parent of two children in our county school system, concerning our County Commissioners recent decision to cut the school nurse budget entirely. One of my daughters has Type 1 diabetes and must regularly monitor her blood sugar and inject insulin to stay healthy and avoid life-threatening, long-term complications. If she does not keep her blood sugar under tight control, she can go into a coma now that requires immediate medical attention.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2012
The Washington County Health Department can't continue to provide an efficient nurse program in county schools if it is scaled back, Health Officer Earl Stoner said Wednesday. The department crunched the numbers at the request of  Washington County Public Schools, which are trying to figure out how to continue mandatory health services for students beyond June 30, when current funding for the school-nurse program will end. The health department was left out of discussions about the program between the school system and Washington County government, according to interviews this week.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2012
Washington County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said Tuesday night that there was a plan in place for Washington County Public Schools to pick up funding for a school nursing program if the county had to pay a portion of teacher pensions. Speaking to standing-room-only crowd of 65 people gathered at Smithsburg Town Hall, Murray said the plan was designed to allow for a seamless continuation of the school nursing program. He said county officials were shocked when the Washington County Health Department began sending layoff notices to all 76 school nurses last week.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2012
Washington County Health Department and school officials are to meet Saturday to discuss a decision made earlier this week to lay off 76 school nurses and their assistants, a health department official said Friday. Health Officer Earl Stoner said officials decided to hold the meeting after the Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed on Tuesday to cut $3.3 million in health department funding that was being used to pay the workers' salaries and benefits. “It's unfortunate that we had to lay people off,” Stoner said during an interview Friday.
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