Wellness Resources

Duchesne nurtures the heart of each girl by noticing that light within her, and tracing its source back to what excites, energizes, inspires, and even frustrates her.

Providing on-site wellness resources for all students, Duchesne educates and inspires the whole girl.

Nurse

There is a registered nurse in the clinic during school hours. She treats minor injuries, administers first aid, and determines when a student needs to go home or needs more advanced medical care. She can administer prescription medications and over the counter medications with the appropriate parental and physician permission. She has current certification in CPR/AED administration.

All medical information and forms are managed through MAGNUS.

To access MAGNUS, please log in to DuchesneConnect and click on the link to MAGNUS within the Parent Portal.

Physicals
Physicals are required for all new students and each year for athletes in grades 6 - 12. To print the 2016-2017 Duchesne Physical Form click here.

Immunization Policy
Current immunization records are required for all students. Every student enrolled in a Catholic School in the State of Texas shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the immunization schedule adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A student who fails to present the required evidence shall not be accepted for enrollment. The only exemption to this requirement is a medical exemption stating the medical reason for exemption and must be signed by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O) authorized to practice in the State of Texas and must include the physician's license number.

Medications
Only over the counter medications you have approved through MAGNUS can be dispensed to your child. No medications can be dispensed that the parent has not approved. All medication sent to the clinic must come in the original container unopened. For daily prescription medication to be given during the school day, you must complete the daily prescription form on MAGNUS, and the medication must come with the current prescription intact.


Counseling

The Duchesne Counseling Program is available to all students, parents, and teachers. The purpose of the program is to assist students in the acquisition and development of skills necessary to make wise choices in life, in academics, and in personal relationships.The counselor helps students demonstrate a positive attitude toward themselves and others, develop self-responsibility, develop effective decision making skills, and enhance relationship skills.

School success is increased as students use these skills to understand and appreciate the lifelong process of learning, growing, and changing.

Lower School Counseling Program

The Duchesne counselor works in conjunction with the Lower School Head as a member of the educational team. She is available to meet with students individually, in small groups, or during classroom guidance.

The Head of Lower School, the school nurse, teachers, or parents may refer a student to the counselor or request a student observation. Each concern is addressed independently depending on the needs of the student. Parents are welcome to call the counselor or come in to discuss social, emotional, academic, or parenting concerns.

Middle School Counseling Program

The counselor who serves the Middle School students consults weekly with their teachers in order to work collaboratively for the good of the students' academic, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. This counselor also meets on a regular basis with the Head of Middle School and the Dean of Students to discuss topics of concern and interest to be addressed by the Advisory teachers and their Advisees. The counselor also participates in student retreats along with Campus Ministry.

This counselor attends grade level meetings, and grade level parent coffees. Students may self-refer or be referred to the counselor by a parent, teacher, or administrator. Individual counseling addresses behavioral, emotional, or academic issues that are affecting the student's ability to fully attend to academic pursuits.

A Peer Support Program is facilitated by the Middle School and Upper School Counselors. In this program all eighth grade students are divided into small groups, which meet twice monthly and are led by junior and senior students. The program focuses on assisting the eighth grade students with their transition to Upper School. The program addresses topics such as peer and co-ed relationships, family relationships, sexuality and body image, study skills, and safety issues, including Internet safety, drug and alcohol awareness, dating issues, stress, and eating disorders.

Upper School Counseling Program

The counselor meets weekly with Head of Upper School as a member of the educational team and has frequent contact with the Dean of Students. She attends grade level faculty meetings and grade level parent coffees. The counselor is available to meet with students individually, in small groups, or during classroom guidance. Students may self-refer or be referred by a parent, teacher, or administrator. Each concern is addressed independently depending on the needs of the student and addresses behavioral, emotional, or academic issues.

Peer Support

Duchesne’s Peer Support Program provides a dynamic learning opportunity for both eighth graders and Upper School juniors and seniors. Selected Upper School students, whom the Upper School Counselor trains and supervises in communication and leadership skills, mentor eighth graders regarding many of the issues that adolescents in transition to Upper School deal with, including peer relationships, academic studies, and safety issues. Through activities and discussions in safe small groups, eighth graders can share their personal experiences with girls who are close to their own age. They can gain new insights and learn positive approaches to the challenges they face. The Peer Support Program fosters a smooth transition for eighth graders from the Middle School years to Upper School, and it provides a forum for Upper School girls to help others and grow in leadership skills.

Athletic Trainer

Through a partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, Duchesne has on staff a full-time athletic trainer on staff. She provides first-aid care, injury treatment, and rehabilitation for student-athletes who are injured while participating in Duchesne Athletics. When necessary, she will refer to our BCM team orthopedic physicians or work in collaboration with your daughter’s physician to ensure she gets the best care when participating in athletics. She also has a background with concussion training and is part of the Duchesne Concussion Oversight Team.

Morgan Lowman is a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) in the state of Texas. She is also a CPR/AED/First-Aid Instructor through the Red Cross.

To find out more about our sports medicine affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine, click here.

Physicals
To participate in Duchesne Athletics, an annual physical must be on a file with the athletic department, through MAGNUS, at all times. Upper School athletes must also have all TAPPS paperwork on file to make them eligible to participate in Athletics.

Wellness Contacts

Lyn Shivshanker, RN
Nurse
713.468.8211, ext. 171

Cortney Kindall-Richey, LPC
Lower School Counselor
713.468.8211, ext. 181

Jean Lander, M.Ed., LPC
Middle School Counselor
713.468.8211, ext. 109

Kate Conlan, MSW
Upper School Counselor
713.468.8211, ext. 166

Morgan Lowman
Athletic Trainer
713.468.8211, ext. 172