Wilburton Public Schools Office of the School Nurse

Mendi McAlester RN, BSN

To get in touch with the Nurse, please contact your school’s main office.


COVID-19 is a respiratory virus thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. (CDC, 2020) In an effort to protect student health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 WPS encourages parents to check for the following symptoms/risk factors before sending their children to school:

  1. Cough (that you cannot attribute to another health condition)
  2. Shortness of breath (that you cannot attribute to another health condition)
  3. Sore throat (that you cannot attribute to another health condition)
  4. Loss of smell or taste (that you cannot attribute to another health condition)
  5. A temperature at or above 100 degrees or the sense of having a fever
  6. Close contact, without the use of appropriate PPE, with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

(Note: Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for more than 15 consecutive minutes.) 

Any student who is experiencing these symptoms/risk factors should not ride the bus or attend school until they have received the appropriate testing/health care.  If a student tests positive for COVID-19, students must adhere to the following guidelines and well as the “Too Sick for School Rules” before returning to school and/or accessing school bus transportation:

  1. The child has no fever in the last 3 days with no fever-reducing medications.
  2. The child’s respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and
  3. It has been 10 days since the child’s COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.

Parents are encouraged to contact the school nurse and their local health department for further health guidance concerning a safe return to school.  For more information on COVID-19 please visit :

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/.