Health & Wellness

Mason Public Schools has a multidisciplinary team of professionals whose mission is to create and promote a sustainable culture of health & wellness for Mason students, staff, and the community. This team is made up of individuals who work at each building site as well as across the District.

When to Stay Home for Students and Staff of Mason Public Schools & Mason Child Development Services

(Note: The following school health procedures and guidelines support MPS Board policy po8450; po 8453; and all MPS Handbooks.)

Please help us in our efforts to keep everyone in Mason Public School buildings healthy by keeping yourself or your child home if they are ill. A child or staff member should not report to any Mason Public Schools building when they have:

  • A fever >100 degrees; A person MUST be free from a temperature for 24 hours without medication before returning.
  • Vomited or had diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
  • Severe eye drainage or red swollen eyes.
  • A severe or croup sounding cough.
  • Severe cold symptoms or constant thick nose drainage.
  • Rash of unknown origin.

Remember, not everyone experiences the same symptoms. You can use this quick chart as a starting point only. If you or your child are sick, be sure to contact your building office to report illnesses and absences and to receive guidance on a date for return to school. Please talk with your pediatrician and ask about getting tested if needed.

A note about wording in this chart: Though terms like “the common cold,” “the flu,” “colds” and “cold viruses,” are often used interchangeably, remember that there are many viruses that cause respiratory symptoms in children. Even when we aren’t facing a pandemic, the severity of and treatments for these illnesses vary, which is why asking an expert is always recommended.

Be Well!

Nurse Epling

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 immediately. 

If you would like to report an immediate mental health concern, please call OK2Say at 855-565-2729.

Mason Public Schools works to provide mental health supports for our school family.  County-wide Resources for families and educators can be found on Ingham ISD’s website.

Staff Resources

External LinkTri-County Community Health Guide

External LinkCommunity Mental Health Provider List

PreK-12 District-Wide Supports Available

Mason Public Schools currently employs a Mental Health Specialist.

Mental Health Specialist Services 

Individual Students 
  • Time-limited individual therapy
  • Case consultation and collaboration
  • Triage and referral
Groups of Students
  • Group services will be determined by district needs and could include (but are not limited to) the following: 
    • Anxiety, Depression, Social-emotional well being (friendship groups), coping skills
Families & Caregivers
  • Skills training/coaching
  • Time-limited family therapy
  • Consultation & Referral
Staff to Assist Students
  • Mental health and emotional wellness, professional development training/counseling
  • Long or short-term support

Please contact your student’s building if you would like to coordinate non-emergency mental health support. Numbers are listed at the end of this document. For emergencies, please call 911.

All staff have participated in a Mandatory Reporter training.

All staff are or have engaged in learning about trauma-informed instruction and behavior systems.

School policy regarding medication taken at school is designed for the safety of all students.  When a student is required to take medication at school, any and all medications must be delivered to the school office by a parent/guardian or an adult parent representative – not by students. In accordance with current policies and guidelines, any medication transported by a student without prior authorization will be confiscated.

Whenever possible, please arrange to have medication given at home. Based on condition and severity students will be allowed to carry inhalers and/or emergency medical kits with them while at school, as long as the authorization form is on file at the school. Please contact the main office of your building to coordinate.

You will need to complete the necessary form(s) below, print them out to obtain the physician's signature and then return the completed form to the school before any medication will be given at school.

If you have any questions, please contact your building main office or the school nurse at eplinge@masonk12.net; (517) 883-8115.

External LinkImportant forms

Forms for medication while at school are also available in your building main office.

Students and families may work with a Counselor, School Psychologist, Social Worker, or Registered Nurse to determine what ongoing health supports are best.

Contact

Sarah Munro
Social Worker
munros@masonk12.net

Emily Epling
District Nurse
eplinge@masonk12.net

Students and families may work with a Counselor, School Psychologist, Social Worker, or Registered Nurse to determine what ongoing health supports are best.

Contact

Barb Hagan
Social Worker, Alaiedon Elementary
haganb@masonk12.net

Erinna Toodzio
Social Worker, North Aurelius Elementary
toodzioe@masonk12.net 

Chelsea Litwiller
Social Worker, Steele Elementary
litwillerc@masonk12.net

Emily Epling
District Nurse
eplinge@masonk12.net

Students and families may work with a Counselor, School Psychologist, Social Worker, or Registered Nurse to determine what ongoing health supports are best.

Contact

Nichole Lenneman
Social Worker, Mason Middle School
lennemann@masonk12.net

Jen Hamers
Counselor, Mason Middle School
hamersj@masonk12.net

Elizabeth Bailey
Counselor, Mason Middle School
baileye@masonk12.net

Emily Epling
District Nurse
eplinge@masonk12.net

Students and families may work with a Counselor, School Psychologist, Social Worker, or Registered Nurse to determine what ongoing health supports are best.

Contact

Kim Dickinson
Social Worker, Mason High School
dickinsonk@masonk12.net

Elizabeth Conroy
Counselor, Mason High School
conroye@masonk12.net

Danielle Greve
Counselor, Mason High School
greved@masonk12.net

Katherine Oakes
Counselor, Mason High School
oakesk@masonk12.net

Emily Epling
District Nurse
eplinge@masonk12.net

Contact

Craig Kueffner
Director of Student Supports
Richard Brooks
Human Resource Director
Emily Epling
School District Nurse
Sarah Baker
District Mental Health Specialist