Medical Information

A student in the nurse's office

Welcome to the medical page.  I would like to introduce myself and tell you more about my role as school nurse here at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. My name is Carla Riddle and I have been a nurse for 24 years.  For 14 of those years I have been a school nurse.  I have been the school nurse at Rio for 12 years and I spent 2 years as the school nurse at Valley Grande Academy in Texas.  In addition to school nursing I have also worked in Labor and Delivery and in Long Term Care. Currently, in addition to serving as school nurse, I also work at Healdsburg District Hospital in the Sub-Acute Unit.
Being a school nurse on a boarding school campus is not what you would typically consider a school nurse job.  I want to reassure you that I am available by phone 24/7.  Whenever a dean or faculty member feel like a student needs to see the nurse they call me and I see that student as soon as possible.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions.

What happens if my child gets sick?

If your child wakes up in the morning and is feeling ill, he/she will write their name in the sick list book.  The dean will check the book and go see anyone who is sick that day.  If the deans feels like the nurse should see this student he/she will call the nurse and the nurse will go see the student.  If a student gets sick during the day he or she will contact the dean on duty and the dean will call the nurse if necessary.
While sick in the dorm, students must stay in their rooms and rest and food will be brought to their room.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Healdsburg has a hospital located only 15 minutes from the school and an Urgent Care Clinic about 20 minutes away in Windsor.  We also have a school doctor on call, Dr. James Carroll. He will see our students with no appointment necessary anytime during his office hours.  If a student gets hurt or becomes ill outside of Dr. Carroll’s office hours, and it is something that can not wait until morning, then the student will be taken to either the ER or the Urgent Care Clinic.  If it is something that can wait until morning, then the student will be taken to Dr. Carroll when his office opens the next day.  Dr. Carroll accepts all insurance and if a student does not have insurance, his fee is $80 per visit.

What insurance is provided by Rio?

All Rio students are covered under our Student Accident Insurance Plan.  Please be aware that this covers school accidents only.  If a student is injured on campus whether it is in a sports activity or in the dorm, he/she will be covered under this insurance plan.  This insurance covers the first $500 only.  After that, the parent’s insurance plan will cover the rest.  This insurance does not cover things such as poison oak, the flu, or self-inflicted injuries.

How do international students get insurance?

International students may purchase their own insurance through many difference agencies.  You can contact Rio’s business office for more information about where and how to go about this.