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Health Services Department

Health Services

Mary Blackwood, RN is our District Health Coordinator as well as the nurse at the early childhood center and the elementary school.  Brenda Collins, LPN is the nurse at the middle school and high school.   In addition to a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse on our full-time staff, the Hollister R-V School District partners with Jordan Valley Community Health Center to provide additional health services for our students.

The Jordan Valley School Based Health Clinic (SHBC) is located within the Hollister Elementary School.  Jordan Valley works with our school nurses and teachers to help keep our students healthy and in school.  Jordan Valley offers an on-site medical provider several days a week, telehealth options, as well as behavioral health services.  The services at this clinic are available to all Hollister R-V students.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center's Trudi's Kids Mobile Program also offers dental and vision services to Hollister students. Students must have a consent form on file to receive services. For additional information or if you have questions, contact Nurse Mary Blackwood or Dawn Cowden, Jordan Valley Community Health Worker at 417-243-4025.


When to keep my child home from school

A few guidelines for keeping your child home from school:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or more within the last 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours or unable to eat normally
  • A diagnosis of strep throat that has not been under antibiotic treatment for 24 hours
  • If your child is unable to participate in all school activities because of illness

When your child has a contagious condition, a rash with an unknown cause, pink eye, open sores, or sore throat, please notify your school nurse.  Hollister school district follows the guidelines from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and often, the nurses are able to determine if a student needs to be seen by a health practitioner.  


Information Regarding Coronavirus 2021


Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold.  Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives.  These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time.  Symptoms may include:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell 

​Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.  This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.


Your health care provider may order laboratory tests on respiratory specimens and serum (part of your blood) to detect human coronaviruses.  Laboratory testing is more likely to be used if you have severe disease.


Human coronaviruses is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • rarely, fecal contamination


There are currently vaccinations available for children 12 years and older at this time to protect against COVID-19.  For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, click HERE. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick


There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses.  Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own.  However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms:

  • take pain and fever medications (Caution:  do not give Aspirin to children)
  • use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough

​If you are mildly sick, you should:

  • drink plenty of liquids
  • stay home and rest

​If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider.




Health Services Department Contact

Mary Blackwood, RN

Health Services Coordinator

Early Childhood Center & Elementary School Nurse

ECC:  417-243-4015 

ES:     417-243-4025

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Brenda Collins, LPN

Middle School & High School Nurse

MS:  417-243-4035

HS:  417-243-4045

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