Health Services

According To Jocelyn Elders, former Surgeon General, “You can not educate an unhealthy child and you can not keep an uneducated child healthy.” Our health service staff believes there is a strong relationship between academic achievement and health.

Meet the Team: 

W.G. Rice Elementary School  
    Mrs. Amy Auger
  717-258-6484, ext. 3413 
    Mrs. Sarah Long
  717-258-6484, ext. 3212
Iron Forge Elementary School  

  Mrs. Maria Bessasparis
  717-258-6484, ext. 2405
Yellow Breeches Middle School 
    Mrs. Leslie Felix
RN, YBMS Nurse
  717-258-6484, ext. 4005 
Boiling Springs High School 
    Mrs. Amanda Howard
  717-258-6484, ext. 1046  

Certified School Nurses - provide coverage at Rice, IFES, YBMS, BSHS, YBEC, St. Patrick School, & Carlisle Christian Academy
Mrs. Angela Mentzer
RN BSN MEd, Certified School Nurse SMSD
717-258-6484, ext. 1015 (BSHS)
717-258-6484, ext. 3419 (Rice)
Ms. Melissa Short-Ryan
RN BSN MEd, Certified School Nurse SMSD
717-258-6484, ext.4116 (YBMS)


School Nurse Fax: 717-674-5997. This is a secure electronic fax only seen by nurses.

Health Services:
• Nursing assessment and treatment
• Emergency care
• Mandated Pennsylvania state screenings (height, weight, BMI, vision, hearing, scoliosis) ADD LINK HERE
• Immunization compliance management
• Medication administration per physician’s orders
• Scheduling and assistance with school-administered dental and physical exams
• Health Counseling
• Referrals to physicians and appropriate agencies
• Services focusing on prevention, early intervention, and strengthening the ability of the students and families to thrive independently

When should I keep my child home?

Students should remain home if:

  • if they have a temperature of 100 in the morning
  • persistent vomiting
  • persistent diarrhea
  • rash with a fever
  • purulent discharge from the eye
  • live lice
  • Strep infection- until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment
  • Chicken pox (varicella)- until 6 days from appearance of the last vesicle or when all lesions are dried or crusted (whichever is first)
  • Impetigo- until 24 hours after treatment
  • Ring worm- return after treatment if covered
  • Asthma- when your child is having acute respiratory distress and the peak flow meter indicates deterioration