Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Amy Weaver

Recent Posts

Justine Fonte just added to the 2015 ISHC speaker lineup

Posted by Amy Weaver on Jul 15, 2015 8:23:00 AM

I'm happy to announce a new speaker for the 2015 Independent School Health Conference! Justine Fonte, M.Ed, MPH will lead a breakout session on Friday afternoon entitled, The Authentic Self K-12: What sexuality and health education can be. During her presenation, Justine will discuss how to implement a comprehensive sexuality education program at your school. Get to know more about Justine below!

Continue Reading...

Topics: School Nurses

Tips for meeting immunization requirements

Posted by Amy Weaver on Feb 17, 2015 9:17:00 AM

With all of the recent news attention that vaccines have been getting, it would be remiss not to discuss the challenges around meeting immunization requirements in a school setting. With mandates that vary from one state to the next, schools constantly struggle to collect all of the necessary documentation for each of their students. Schools are required to show proof that their students are either up-to-date on immunizations or have a documented medical or religious exemption. Some states will also accept a personal belief or philosophical exemption.child_vaccine_immunization

But let’s save the debate on whether or not to immunize for another time, and instead talk about ways to meet your state’s requirements. Achieving compliance is no small task. It may involve sending reminder letters in the mail, making numerous phone calls, and pulling kids out of class until all of their requirements are met.

Here are a few tips to help get the job done:

Continue Reading...

Topics: Compliance Immunizations

Education technology: can e-learning days replace snow days?

Posted by Amy Weaver on Jan 15, 2015 9:33:00 AM

Technology has made its way into every facet of education - the front office, the health office, classrooms, athletics - and now it appears education technology can help prevent lost instructional time on snow days, too. While the concept of e-learning has been around for some time, only recently has it become a way to alleviate the school calendar headaches that come along with inclement weather-related closings.

Snow day snowman

According to the Education Commision of the States, laws vary from state to state on the minimum number of instructional days that students are required to have per year, but most require 180. In the midst of a particularly harsh winter in 2013-14, many schools and districts were forced to find creative ways to keep students on track to hit that number. Policies that allowed for e-learning days were the solution adopted in several areas of the country to minimize the impact of inclement weather.

Continue Reading...

Topics: Technology

Thorough and efficient documentation with Check In [Client Success Story]

Posted by Amy Weaver on Apr 24, 2014 7:39:00 AM

Client Profile

  • Name: Kris Sabel
  • Kris_Sabel_headshotTitle: Middle and Upper School Nurse
  • School: Latin School of Chicago
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Type: Pre-K-12 Private, Coed, Day School
  • Size: 1,110 students
  • Website:
Kris Sabel, RN, BSN, MA, has 22 years of professional nursing experience with a diverse career that includes critical care nursing, college teaching, community health nursing, professional sport team nursing, policy development, and more. Kris entered the world of private school nursing in 2008 and immersed herself in improving the standard of care delivered in schools to align with nursing law and best practice. She earned recognition for her advocacy in passing the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. Kris' interests include medical policy writing, nursing research, and improving the safety and resources available to LGTBQ students. 

Prior to becoming a Magnus Health customer, Kris, like many nurses, documented student visits on paper. The downside to that was that she did not have time to take very thorough notes. It was also nearly impossible to keep the notes private when the health center was busy and she was caring for multiple students at a time. “Thorough and accurate documentation is a huge priority for nurses,” Kris explained, “it is our safety net, should legal instances arise. When a school is sued, it is often related to a medical issue. According to nursing law, no documention means that no interventions were provided.”

Continue Reading...

Topics: Liability & Risk Management SMR Technology School Nurses Client Success Stories

Standardized charting with Treatment Notes [Client Success Story]

Posted by Amy Weaver on Feb 26, 2014 8:39:00 AM

Client Profile

  • Name: Marcy Kwitny
  • Title: Director of Health Services
  • School: Polytechnic School
  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Type: K-12 Private, Coed, Day School
  • Size: 861 students
  • Website:
Marcy Kwitny, R.N. arrived at Poly in 2003, after working as a school nurse for nine years in Calabasas. Prior to joining the Poly staff, she was a pediatric nurse for 10 years. As the only health professional in a community of educators, Kwitny sees her role as that of ambassador—the bridge between the healthcare community and the school.

Making the switch from paper to electronic records can be a daunting task, but we work with many school nurses who feel it’s well worth the challenge. Marcy Kwitny, the Director of Health Services at Polytechnic School in California, felt that the switch was necessary and inevitable. “To be in school nursing during this age of technology makes me always think about what I can do better,” Marcy explained. At a school that is “extremely forward thinking in terms of academics” she wanted to maintain a similar high standard for the health office. “I’m always trying to learn and I’m always trying to put the students first,” she added. 

Continue Reading...

Topics: SMR Technology School Nurses Client Success Stories

Disaster Preparation and Recovery

Posted by Amy Weaver on Jul 10, 2012 9:07:00 AM

Continue Reading...

Topics: SMR Emergencies

Length of Storage for Student Medical Records

Posted by Amy Weaver on Jun 22, 2012 11:06:00 AM

Did you know that your school could be responsible for storing student medical records for years beyond graduation? Are you aware that you can be held responsible for the safe-keeping of those records?

Continue Reading...

Topics: Liability & Risk Management SMR Compliance

The Results of the Inaugural ASHE Award

Posted by Amy Weaver on May 17, 2012 1:43:00 PM

The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived...our CEO, Chas Scarantino, just surprised our 2012 ASHE Award recipient during a school-wide assembly at a Florida independent school!

Continue Reading...

Topics: Athletics

Partnership with Concussion Vital Signs

Posted by Amy Weaver on Dec 1, 2011 6:13:00 AM

Because we work with schools on a daily basis, we understand the importance of staying informed about changes in regulation that can greatly impact school policy and procedure. In recent months, nearly every state in the U.S. has instituted laws regarding concussion education and proper procedure following a student head injury. While each state’s laws are different, the fact remains that liability for sports-related concussions ultimately rests with any school and their staff.

In the interest of providing our customers with the tools needed to protect against this financial liability, we’ve partnered with a company called Concussion Vital Signs. Through this partnership, Magnus Health customers are eligible for a free 90-day trial of their concussion assessment tools.

The Concussion Vital Signs platform has been widely used in clinical trials to collect important information for assessing, monitoring, and managing concussions. Baseline and post-injury testing in particular are very useful for athletic trainers and clinicians to make informed return-to-play decisions. Click here to view samples of Concussion Vital Signs’ easy-to-read reports.

If you'd like to learn more about this partner offer and how Concussion Vital Signs and SMR can minimize your school’s risk, contact our sales team today!
Continue Reading...

Topics: Athletics Health Trends Regulations & Legislation Technology

Important Considerations for the Business Officer

Posted by Amy Weaver on Nov 9, 2011 3:04:00 AM

In our litigious society, it is becoming increasingly more important for school administrators to understand the potential risk associated with student health information. You may already have precautionary measures in place to prevent confidential records from getting into the wrong hands; however, there are still two very important questions to ask yourself:
  • Are hard copies of student health forms being stored in filing cabinets at my school?
  • Are duplicate copies of these forms being used for field trips or off-campus sporting events?
If the answer to either of those questions was "yes,"
  • Can you really be certain that only the appropriate people at your school have access to this confidential information?
  • In the event that your student health forms are lost, stolen, or destroyed, do you have a recovery plan?
If your school nurse is utilizing traditional database software to track student health information, you probably answered "no" to the second set of questions. What your school needs is a system that can eliminate paper forms altogether so that you can lock down your student health information to remain FERPA- and HIPAA-compliant.
  • Click here to learn how Magnus Health SMR can do that for you.
Continue Reading...

Topics: Liability & Risk Management Business Office Regulations & Legislation