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Health Services Department

Health Services

Mary Blackwood, RN is our District Health Coordinator as well as the nurse at the early childhood center and the elementary school.  Brenda Collins, LPN is the nurse at the middle school and high school. In addition to a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse on our full-time staff, the Hollister R-V School District partners with Jordan Valley Community Health Center to provide additional health services for our students.

The Jordan Valley School Based Health Clinic (SHBC) is located within the Hollister Elementary School. Jordan Valley works with our school nurses and teachers to help keep our students healthy and in school. Jordan Valley offers an on-site community health worker several days a week, telehealth options, as well as behavioral health services. The services at this clinic are available to all Hollister R-V students.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center's Trudi's Kids Mobile Program also offers dental and vision services to Hollister students. Students must have a consent form on file to receive services. For additional information or if you have questions, contact Nurse Mary Blackwood or Pationce Brown, Jordan Valley Community Health Worker at 417-243-4025.


  • Mary Blackwood, RN


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  • Brenda Collins, LPN

    HS: 417-243-4045

    MS: 417-243-4035

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  • Mary Blackwood

    ES: 417-243-4025

    ECC: 417-243-4015

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  • Rebecca Horst



When to keep my child home from school

A few guidelines for keeping your child home from school:HSD Daily Health Assessment Is your student experiencing sore throat, fever, nausea or vomiting, difficulty breathing, body aches, unknown rash, diarrhea, headache, chills, cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, conjunctivitis stay home

  • Fever of 100 degrees or more within the last 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours or unable to eat normally
  • A diagnosis of strep throat that has not been under antibiotic treatment for 24 hours
  • If your child is unable to participate in all school activities because of illness

When your child has a contagious condition, a rash with an unknown cause, pink eye, open sores, or sore throat, please notify your school nurse.  Hollister school district follows the guidelines from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and often, the nurses are able to determine if a student needs to be seen by a health practitioner.