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Thank you for visiting the Rocky Fork Middle School Health Clinic page!

It is an honor and privilege to take care of the students here at RFMS.  

I hope your children have a wonderful and healthy year! 

Nurse Tabb




STORM Health Corner November 3, 2017




Handwashing is one of the most important things we can do to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. 


When should you wash your hands?

You can help yourself and others stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when germs are likely to get on your hands and can easily spread to others:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

What is the right way to wash your hands?

Follow the five steps below to wash your hands the right way every time:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scruyour hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
What should you do if you don't have soap and clean, running water?
  • Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do NOT get rid of all types of germs.  Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Furthermore, hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals like pesticides and heavy metals from hands. Be cautious when using hand sanitizers around children; swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if a person swallows more than a couple mouthfuls.  How do you use hand sanitizers?
  • Apply the gel to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the gel over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
Please encourage your child and family to wash their hands often!
Thank you, Nurse Tabb
(information provided by the CDC/handwashing)
STORM Health Corner  - September 27, 2017
AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year.  It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age.  An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background. 
What is an AED?
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator.  It is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm.  If necessary, it delivers an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, which helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Time is of the Essence
The average call to 911- to-shock time in a typical community is nine minutes.  For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%.  Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.  Defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70 percent.
AED’s at Rocky Fork Middle
We have three AED’s located inside Rocky Fork Middle School.
#1   Located in the main hallway, just inside the main front entrance, hanging on the wall outside the Health Clinic.
#2   Located inside the gym, hanging on the wall beside the bleachers.
#3   Located at the end of the band/400 hallway by the outside entrance.  This entrance is located on the baseball/softball field side of the building and is the closest AED to those fields.
It is important to us that all staff and students are aware of the location of the AED’s.  We encourage all parents/visitors to familiarize yourself with the location of the AED’s the next time you are in the building.
Thank you, Nurse Tabb
(information provided by American Heart Association and American Red Cross)
Helpful Information:
* Never send medicine of any type to school by your child.  All medication must be signed in by parent or guardian.
*  Please be aware of the Rutherford County School System policy regarding fever.  A student must have a temperature below 100.0 degrees for over 24 hours WITHOUT any fever-reducing medicines (i.e., Tylenol or Motrin) before they are permitted to return to school.  Thank you for adhering to this policy.
*  Health Services link for medical forms: