WELCOME TO RIVERDALE HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH OFFICE
Welcome! I'm Mallory Blankenship. I am a Rutherford County, TN native, and I am excited to be serving Riverdale High School. I have been a registered nurse since 2014. My nursing background is in pediatrics, hematology, and oncology. I have worked as a nurse with Rutherford County Schools since 2018. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Tech University in 2014. I have a passion for working with children and their families to overcome illnesses, manage chronic conditions, and live overall healthy lives. Please let me know if I can do anything to assist you.
The best way to contact me is through e-mail: [email protected]
You may also reach me by phone at (615) 890-6450, extension 23579.
The fax number at the school is (615)890-9790.
Does your student need medication at school or a health plan? Does your child need medical accommodations? Parents, please note that everything regarding Nursing/ Nursing Services must be completed annually.
HEALTH PLAN/ SAFETY PLANS/ MEDICAL ACCOMIDATIONS:
Please use the RCS MEDICAL FORMS link to the right of this page to access the RCS health forms needed for medical conditions. If there is not a form/action plan for the condition needed, please request a letter from your child's doctor regarding their medical condition and what accommodations they might need. All health forms must be signed and completed by the physician. All health plans/ medical letters are good for the current school year only. New forms need to be completed for each academic year.
ALL medicines must be provided by AND SIGNED INTO THE SCHOOL by a parent/guardian. NEVER SEND MEDICINE OF ANY TYPE TO SCHOOL BY YOUR STUDENT.
- All prescription medication must be brought to school in the original pharmacy-labeled container. The pharmacy label must match the Medication Authorization Form signed by the health care provider. The Medication Authorization Form must be signed and completed by the physician before the medication can be administered at school. Please do not mix medications in the same bottle. (You may want to ask your pharmacist to give you an extra bottle with a label on it, one for home and one for school)
- Prescription medications must be administered according to the pharmacy label instructions. If the parent requests a dose be administered that does not fall within the dosing guidelines of the label or the dosage is not FDA-approved for the student’s age, a health care provider’s order will be required, and a waiver shall be completed by the parent.
- It is required that all nonprescription (over the counter) medications (i.e., Tylenol) be brought to school in an unopened, sealed manufacturer's original container, with the ingredients listed and the student's name affixed to the container. No Ziploc bags/baggies, unlabeled bottles, or expired medications can be accepted or administered. All unused medication will only be returned to the parent/guardian/parent’s adult designee. If medication is not picked up within two weeks of the request being made, the medication will be discarded.
- Alternative Medications (herbs, herbal supplements, homeopathic medicines, vitamins, traditional or cultural treatments, salves, nutritional supplements, medical food, CBD oil, CBD foods, and other products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine) will not be administered at school. The actions and potential side effects of these products are not readily available to health care providers and cannot be safely administered by school staff.