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Posted by Tricia LaPaglia on Apr 17, 2015 9:11:00 AM

Every spring I feel the need to do a complete technology purge. The constant ding of texts, emails and app updates can become overwhelming. I dream of running away to a remote state park campground where there’s no electricity, computers, phones or traffic. But then my high-maintenance side kicks in and says, “Hello? What about your espresso maker, iPod and the modern miracle called toaster pastries? What about the bugs?!” I am simply not cut out for camping. Technology means different things to different people but it’s main purpose is to make our lives easier. I love easy. (See aforementioned toaster pastries.) That’s one of the reasons I’m happy to announce the new Magnus Health single-sign-on integration with Veracross.

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Topics: Technology

The surprising effects of caffeine on students and teens

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Apr 15, 2015 3:20:00 PM


I'm one of the odd balls of the world. I don't drink coffee, soda, or even tea. Essentially, my caffeine consumption hovers at zero grams per day - unless there's an exceptionally good piece of dark chocolate calling my name. But even a whole bar of dark chocolate doesn't amount to the same level of caffeine found in a single cup of coffee.

Being a foreigner to the concept of caffeine, I've always been fascinated at how prevalent the drug (yes, caffeine is technically a drug) is in our everyday lives. With side effects including nervousness, upset stomach, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and increased blood pressure, I wonder why nearly 75% of teens consume caffeine on a daily basis. Is it because caffeinated drinks taste good, or is it because teens need the extra energy boost?

It's not a simple answer, that's for sure. But we're about to do some hard digging into the subject of caffeine and students. And better yet, you're about to learn three drug-free alternatives to caffeine that students, or even you, can start using to keep energy levels up.

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Topics: Health Trends

First ever conference just for Independent School Health Professionals

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 14, 2015 2:35:04 PM

I've been holding in a rather enormous secret for some time now. It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can now tell you everything. 

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Topics: Athletics, School Nurses

School nurses benefit students and society to the tune of $98 million

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 9, 2015 9:33:00 AM

nurse_with_boarding_school_studentThe North Carolina state-wide goal for school nurse to student ratio is 1 to 750. In reality, NC public schools average 1 nurse to every 1,200 students. According to the Department of Health and Human Services' Annual School Health Services Report, the Wake County (where Magnus is located) ratio is 1 nurse to every 2,476 students.

As a company working with school nurses (both public and private) every day, we know how valuable and vital the presence of a school nurse is to students, parents, teachers, staff, and administration. Therefore we know these numbers are disturbing, and directly contradict our company-wide belief in better care. We also know we're not the only people with this mind-set, and that cutting school health services to save money is not the way to save money (or care for children) in the long run.

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Topics: School Nurses

A 360° View of Independent School Risk (Protecting your school)

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 8, 2015 3:17:38 PM

We're wrapping up our spring webinar series with a 360° view of independent school risks, and strategies to protect your school. Guest expert Martin Kelly, President of ISM Insurance Inc., will present with us April 23rd at 2 PM Eastern, and we hope you will join us too! Until then, enjoy a little preview of what's to come.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management

How often should you do school emergency drills?

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 7, 2015 11:15:58 AM

Ever wonder what emergency drills your school should be doing? Ever wonder how those drills should impact your school emergency plan? Ever wonder how often you should be drilling your emergency response plans? I'm happy to tell you, thanks to Chris Joffe, CEO of Joffe Emergency Services, I have answers for your burning questions.

The five most basic school emergency drills are: fire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, and lockdown. Many schools know and execute these drills based on their geographic location.

There are then five more advanced drills: shelter in place, secure campus, active shooter, fallen aircraft, and sudden outbreak of contagious disease. These drills might not be executed nearly as often. For example, in a webinar we hosted with Joffe Emergency Services, 0% of the webinar attendees had ever drilled for fallen aircraft. That led us to ask, how often should school emergency drills, basic and advanced, be practed? Chris Joffe provided us with the guidelines below.

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Topics: Emergencies

Simple parent experience and 100% compliance [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 1, 2015 9:22:00 AM

KathyFinneyClient Profile 
  • Name: Kathy Finney
  • Job Title: Associate Director of Communications
  • School: Norfolk Academy
  • Location: Norfolk, VA
  • Type: K-12 Private
  • Size: 1,200 students
  • Website:

Kathy Finney has worked as an administrator at Norfolk Academy for 20 years. In that time, she has seen the importance of data grow from necessary business information to a strategic communications tool. Having worked with all of the data-dependent departments that help our institutions function and grow, Kathy has an unrivaled understanding of best practices of data collection and sharing across campus. 

Norfolk Academy struggled with collecting health and immunization information from parents each year. When they moved to Magnus to solve that problem, “we were trying to find a solution to make things easy for parents and for us,” said Kathy Finney, Associate Director of Communications. When Norfolk Academy initially launched Magnus, it was after they’d already collected all the information from parents. So, "there was confusion as to why we were asking for information that had already been submitted. We got off to a rocky start,” Finney said, but with a few lessons learned and alterations made, parents are catching on, and Finney and her team have seen the results in 100% compliance.

So how did they make things easy on parents and get 100% compliance?

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Topics: SMR, Emergencies, Compliance, School Nurses, Client Success Stories

Breaking news: Magnus supports student photos

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 31, 2015 9:52:00 AM

leahdowdIt's safe to say we've been asked more than just a couple times if and when Magnus would support student photos. I'm happy to tell you the answer is yes, and the time is now. The new feature is announced in the video below. But in case you don't have 2 minutes and 42 seconds to watch the whole video, skip on ahead and read the somewhat less entertaining recap.

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Topics: SMR, Technology

March wrap-up

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Mar 30, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Welcome back! As we all get back into the swing of things after Spring Break, let's take a minute to bask in the awesomeness that was March. We saw dabbles of warm weather, released exciting software updates (have you seen the student photo feature?), and behind the scenes, we're still busy coordinating the 2014-2015 Annual Research Questionnaire of Independent School Health Services. Let's dive in!

At a Glance

  • 29 Magnus employees bowled their hearts out during our Spring Teambuilding Day.
  • We celebrated Pi Day with real, delicious pie and a surprise math test (yikes!).
  • Guest presenter Karen Gregory joined us for her second guest webinar, HIPAA and FERPA in a School Setting.
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Topics: SMR, Recap

Magnus 911 Enhancements [Updated feature]

Posted by Tricia LaPaglia on Mar 27, 2015 3:35:00 AM

The first time I sent my son to preschool, I probably overdid it. On Sundays, I made sure his little shirts and shorts were ironed for the entire week. I made Star Wars labels for all his clothes with his name and phone number. I packed cute sandwiches without the crust and left adorable post it notes inside his lunchbox even though he couldn’t read yet. And I knew his exact schedule down to the minute. That lasted about a year. Let’s just say that he can read very well now and writes me reminder notes for my lunchbox instead. But I still know his schedule not just because I’m his mom, but also because I’m one of those people who likes the details. Give me the “who, what, where, when, and why” and I’m a happy camper. These next Magnus enhancements are for all you detail lovers.

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Topics: SMR, Emergencies, Technology, School Nurses

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