Welcome to the Riverside Middle Health Room

Hi, RMS families!  I am looking forward to a wonderful year working with our students and their families. I'm here to assist in providing your student's health care needs. Students and parents, please read the guidelines of the health room so you will know what to expect. Please verify that your student's immunizations are up to date, and provide a copy of your child's immunization record. Don't forget about the 7th grade Tdap!

Paige Smith, RN


In addition to the information provided below, the Greenville County School System provides additional information at GCSD Health Services.

Health Room Policy & Procedures
All medication must be delivered to the School Nurse or other designated school employee by the student’s parent, legal guardian, or a previously designated adult. It is against School District Policy for a student to carry any medication on their person without physician, parent, and school district permission to self-administer and self-monitor (SC Law S144). All medication will be maintained in the Health Room. Violations of the medication policy are dealt with sternly. Medication needed on field trips is also covered by this policy and must be given to and administered by an employee of Greenville County Schools designated by the Principal. There are separate permission forms for medications on field trips.

For your child’s safety, please remember:

Contacting Parents
If your child comes to the Health Room and needs to go home, we must contact a parent or legal guardian. We cannot send a student home with anyone until a parent has been notified. This is why it is so very important that we have current information about how to contact you at all times. If your child has an emergency situation or needs immediate care that cannot be provided at school, those contacts you list on the Health Card will be called if we cannot reach a parent first. Please understand that this is for your child's protection.

Student Emergency Information Form
On the first day of school, your child is given an Emergency Information Form to be completed by a parent. This is very important. Please print all information clearly. This will be the only way we have to reach you in case of an emergency at school. If at anytime ANY of this information should change please notify your school nurse immediately.

State Immunization Requirements
A child will not be allowed to attend any school or child development program without a valid SC Certificate of Immunization or a medical, religious, or special exemption.

If your child does not have a valid certificate, take his/her shot records to your physician or the Greenville County Health Department (864-282-4100). A parent or adult authorized by the parent must accompany a student under 16 who requires shots. For further information, call Medical Health Services at 864-355-3171.

All 7th through 12th graders will be required to have a Tdap vaccine. Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Follow DHEC guidelines for appropriate Tdap administration. You must provide the nurse with a valid immunization record showing the Tdap vaccination prior to starting 7th grade. Students will not receive their schedules without this requirement. Parents do not have to wait until 7th grade. Children as young as seven years old may be vaccinated.

A new Hepatitis A vaccine requirement for school will begin for 5K with the 2020-2021 school year.