The Brookside and ECC nurses provide services beneficial to your child’s health and safety. The ECC nurse is available between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM each day. The Brookside nurse is available during school hours for health services as well as health education. Having multifaceted roles, the nurses are responsible for promoting the health and safety of the children, the staff, and the school environment. More specifically related to your children, the nurses are available to provide health care intervention or teaching as needed, initial care to ill children, treatment for injuries, and medication administration. They are also responsible for assuring compliance with the various state regulations regarding health.

The nurses work closely with parents and classroom teachers. The child’s total well-being is important, and parents are encouraged to consider the nurses as an available resource.

Counseling Services

As part of a comprehensive personal and academic support system, the School provides counseling services for all students. Counselors and nurses provide assistance and guidance in a private or confidential manner to students with academic, social and personal issues.

Brookside School retains a school counselor who is available to support students, faculty and parents. When necessary the school counselor, in collaboration with school staff may make outside referrals for purposes of further assessment and/or professional treatment.

Meet Our Nurses

List of 2 members.

  • Mrs. Marcy De Craene 

    Lower School Nurse and Health Education Teacher
  • Mrs. Patty Howlett 

    Vlasic Early Childhood Center Nurse

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How do I reach the nurses?

    We can be reached in the following ways:

    By phone:
    Brookside: 248.645.3529
    ECC: 248.645.3504

    By email:

    In our offices:
    Brookside: First floor room #211, down the hall from the school office.
    ECC: Lower level, faculty room
  • Q. My child needs to take prescription medication at school. What should I do?

    This is not a problem at all. With two nurses on staff, we can assure that your child receives his/her medication in a safe and timely fashion. In addition, we can monitor the effectiveness of the medication and watch for possible side effects. Simply complete the “Prescription Medication” form (available in the health packet, from the nurses, or online). Bring the medication to school in its original prescription container. All medications should be directed to the respective nurse’s office. If this is a long term, daily medication, send as many pills as possible. If it is a short term medication, such as an antibiotic, send in enough medication to cover the course of treatment needed at school. Most pharmacies will give you an additional prescription bottle for this purpose. If the medication is an “as needed” medication, such as inhalers or epi-pens, the steps are the same as above. The nurses will discuss the indications for use with you.
  • Q. Can I send non-prescription medications to school?

    Generally speaking, non-prescription (OTC) medications are discouraged at school. We feel that if a child needs medication mid-day to remain at school, then this child and his/her classmates are best served if the sick child remains at home. We realize, however, that there are some cough or pain medications that may be needed temporarily at school. If this applies to your child, call the nurses and we will help you make these arrangements and complete the necessary forms. (Brookside children need only send in a note. ECC children will need to complete a Non-Prescription Medication form) DO NOT SEND INDIVIDUAL MEDICATION IN PLASTIC BAGS TO SCHOOL. Medications need to be in their original container. All medication should be sent to the respective nurse’s offices.
  • Q. My child has food allergies. What should I do at school?

    Again, this is not a problem. We have several children every year with food allergies. Our goal is to keep your child safe, communicate pertinent information to all who need to know, and help you and your child feel secure. You simply need to notify your child’s nurse, and we will take it from there!
  • Q. My child has a health concern. How do I notify the school?

    Please notify one of the nurses of any heath concerns your child may have. This enables us to provide the best, safest environment for your child and to meet your child’s needs to the best of our ability. We especially need to know of any regular and/or daily medication your child may be taking. We respect the confidential nature of an individual’s health and take this into account in working with your child’s teachers.
  • Q. My child has an injury that may impact his/her school day. What should I do?

    We want your child to heal as quickly as possible, while at the same time benefiting the most from his/her classes and activities. We ask the children to do as much as able in their classes, including PE. Please send a note letting us know about the injury. If doing as much as able, informing the teacher or nurse, and some self-monitoring is all your child needs following an injury, then nothing more needs to be done. It is fine for a child to say to the PE teachers, “I injured my ankle yesterday and will do as much as I can today.” Generally speaking, we grant a one day grace period for minor injuries. This allows a child to sit out of an activity for one day. If the injury is more involved, and rest or limited mobility beyond one day is needed, we ask for a doctor’s note that clearly indicates the nature of the injury and the limitations. We will then make sure your child follows this advice at school until we either hear from you or the doctor’s note expires.
  • Q. My child is a very selective eater. How will he/she handle this at school?

    Each year we have a few children who struggle with the adjustment to new foods and eating arrangements. We, with your support and your child’s willingness to try, can assist in the following ways. First, notify the nurse of your concerns. We will discuss our lunch program with you and find common areas we can begin with, to help support your child, while at the same time encouraging growth in this area. Our lunch program is unique in this way. We will involve your child’s teacher and table-head. We will support and encourage using the salad bar, which provides 20 or more additional options each day. We find that our family-style dining is very effective in helping many children try new foods and become comfortable with the independence needed at lunch. We are unable to support children with very specific dietary preferences such as eating only organic foods. We have several options each day to support those on vegetarian diets.
  • Q. How do I know when my child can return to school after an illness?

    Generally speaking, to return to school, a sick child needs to:
    1. be fever-free for a full 24 hours,
    2. have no vomiting for 24 hours,
    3. be eating regularly
    4. be on antibiotics for 24 hours if indicated and
    5. have sufficient energy to participate in a full day of school.
    Exceptions are made for children with protracted illnesses to help ease their transition back into school. Please call the nurses if this applies to your child, and we will gladly facilitate your child’s return to school.
  • Q. Can my child come to school today with these symptoms?

    As a rule of thumb, when unsure (in the early morning), it is best to leave children home and see how he/she progresses. Feel free to bring your child in late if he/she seems fine. A child should not come to school within 24 hours of a fever, episode of vomiting, stomach pain and the inability to eat, a bacterial illness before 24 hours of antibiotics have been taken, signs of pink eye (red, irritated eyes with drainage), generalized rash of unknown causes, untreated head lice... See the Parent Handbook (Health Policies section) for a more complete description of symptoms requiring the need to stay home. Typically children can be at school with a mild cold, sore throat without fever, mild head aches, mild stomach aches and joint pains without significant limitations. Please feel free to call the nurses if you are unsure and we will gladly help you decide.
  • Q. Should I call the school to let them know about this illness or infection?

    Yes. We are required for community health purposes to report some infections (such as Strep, pink-eye, impetigo lice…) to the local health department each week. See the parent handbook, Health Policies Section, for a more complete list of reportable infections. Additionally, because we receive many calls and questions, any information about the nature of your child’s illness is very helpful. It helps us advise other parents and make decisions about the sick children we are seeing at school.
  • Q. I am concerned about how my child may be coping with something. What can be done at school?

    To help your child as best we can, we need to know these concerns as soon as possible. Your first contact should be with your child’s teacher. On occasion, the teacher may want you to contact the nurse or the school counselor.
  • Q. My child is having trouble with friends…

    First, don’t be alarmed. School is often the first social setting for children and it is a wonderful arena to "practice" the many social skills needed to function successfully in the world. We have the following resources available to you. First, consult with your child's teacher. She/He will be able to provide feedback from the school perspective and advice on how to handle a situation or more importantly, how to help, guide and support your child in dealing with a situation. If you have further questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact our school counselor, Dr. Linda Flaga at 248.341.4456 or 248.465.7753.

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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