Nurse: Reyna Maher, BSN, RN

  • Reyna Maher


    Phone: 802-857-7740 
    Fax: 802-879-8190

    Welcome to the Hiawatha Health Office: 

    My name is Reyna Maher.  The students typically call me "Nurse Reyna".  I am a registered nurse (RN).  I have been the school nurse at Hiawatha Elementary School over the past several years.  Prior to my work at Hiawatha, I was an intensive care nurse.  

    I have a unique blend of acute, chronic, and public health skills that lead to my work here at Hiawatha.  I feel so fortunate to be able to work with our students, their families, and our community.  Please feel free to phone me or email me with any questions or concerns you may have about the health and wellness of your student or our Hiawatha community. Thank you!

    Hours:  The health office is staffed daily, during school hours. 

    The role of the school nurse: To promote each child’s health and development, to serve as a resource for children and their families, and to help facilitate a healthy and safe school environment.

Nurse's Blog

  • Grow Your Mind

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 3/7/2018 12:45:00 PM

    Growth Mindset Bulletin Board

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    Posted by Reyna Maher on 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Ice skater

    Healthy Eating Bulletin Board; Olympic Themed

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  • Flu News

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 1/19/2018 9:00:00 AM

    flu shot


    Influenza rates in New York have rapidly increased over the past week.  Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's) webpage for flu prevention and care.


    • stay home if you are sick
    • get a flu vaccine (EVERY year)
    • wash your hands
    • do NOT touch the "T-zone"
    • cover your cough and sneeze
    • clean frequently touched surfaces


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  • AED!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 1/9/2018 11:00:00 AM

    AED signage

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  • Old Man Winter

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 12/11/2017 10:00:00 AM


    Winter Bulletin Board

    It's winter!  In VERMONT!  The air is cold and dry.  Winter conditions cause skin to become dry, to crack, and to bleed.

    How to care for your body in the winter:

    • Stay hydrated
      • drink water
      • humidify air
    • When bathing/showering
      • keep it short
      • use warm (not hot) water
    • Use lotion
      • after bath
      • before bed
    • Moisturize lips
      • use chapstick
      • don't lick lips
    • When going outside, keep skin warm and covered
      • wear a hat
      • wear gloves or mittens
      • wear a coat
      • wear snow pants
      • wear a scarf


    Visit the Health Office for chapstick, lotion, and to borrow warm clothing.

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  • Winter Clothing Reminder

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/28/2017 10:00:00 AM


    During the winter months, please send your student to school with:

    • a coat
    • a hat
    • glove/mittens
    • snow pants
    • boots to wear outside
    • a pair of shoes to wear indoors


    If students do not wear boots or snow pants they will be asked to stay on the pavement during recess.  This is done to keep them dry.

    If you need assistance in obtaining winter gear, please contact me ( or at 857-7740).

    Thank you,

    Nurse Reyna

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  • TOOTHditions From Around The World

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/6/2017 1:00:00 PM
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  • Vision and Hearing Screenings

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/25/2017 2:00:00 PM


    Mr. Bones with Vision and Hearing Stickers

    We are in the middle of vision and hearing screening at Hiawatha!  Typically all students in grades pre-k, k, 1, and 3 are screened for vision and hearing.  Second grade students on specialized or individualized education plans, and/or students who wear glasses or are hearing impaired will be screened, as well.  Please see the Vermont Standards of Practice for further details.  You will receive a phone call and a referral from the Hiawatha Health Office, if there are any concerns regarding your student's vision and/or hearing.

    Please contact Nurse Reyna with any questions!


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  • Third Grade Field Trip

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/13/2017 10:30:00 AM

    Bus w/ surprised child. Bee

    The view from the top of Snake Mountain.  Third graders (and their parents) hiked to the top of the mountain and then lunched with a fair number of bees.   View from Snake Mountain.


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  • Say "BOO" to the Flu

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/9/2017 12:50:00 PM

    Flu Prevention bulletin board

    It’s flu season, and school is a place where germs are shared generously among students, teachers and school staff. The single best way to protect your entire family against flu is for all people aged six months and older to get an influenza vaccine each year. Young children are among those at higher risk of flu complications. Every year thousands of children younger than age five are hospitalized because of flu illness, and while it is rare, some children die from flu each year. A recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics is the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from the illness. The study looked at data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, and found that flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by nearly two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children, and by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions. Therefore, children, parents and school staff should be vaccinated in the Fall, preferably by the end of October because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu.

    It is especially important for household contacts and caregivers of those with a higher risk for flu-related complications (children <5 years and adults ≥ 50 years) to be vaccinated. In addition to the flu shot, you can encourage the following precautions to help stop the spread of germs:

    • Keep kids home when they’re sick. And try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hands.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.


    Both children and adults can get vaccinated at their health care providers’ office. Adults can also be vaccinated at public clinics (check the schedule for a clinic near you) or at pharmacies around the state.  


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