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Kathleen Sawfer

Clinton School Health Office

My name is Kathleen Sawfer and I am the Clinton School Health Aide.  I have been in this position for almost 2 years.  My office is right next to the school counselor but you can usually find me all over the school delivering ice packs and band aids.  I enjoy keeping the students of Clinton School safe and healthy.

I teach CPR and First Aid to the staff as well as Cooking Club and Running Club in the After School Program.



From the Air Quality Specialist with Missoula County Health Department


When we talk about smoke impacts, we tend to hit the most obvious symptoms and worst health outcomes hard: increased frequency and severity of asthma attacks, worsening COPD symptoms, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, increased hospitalizations, increased mortality, etc. For a lot of us, though, smoke mostly makes us feel crummy. I have a friend who recently described it as feeling like she was “on the verge of coming down with something.” One of the reasons smoke provokes this feeling of yuckiness is because your body is responding to the pollution like it would an invading bacteria or virus. It is trying to use its natural defenses to kill the particles, and its primary tool is inflammation. Inflammation is an important part of the immune response, but prolonged inflammation is bad for you. In addition to making you feel bad, it can cause some serious damage. (Note that your immune system can’t kill a particle, but it’s going to try, and you’re going to bear the brunt of this futile effort. The longer you’re in the smoke, the more your immune system will respond and the worse it is for you. This is why it’s important to avoid smoke exposure as much as possible. You don’t have to have a serious underlying health condition to be adversely affected by smoke.)  


From the Nurse's Office- No wonder so many kids are complaining of "not feeling good."

When to stay home....



  • Do not come to school if you have symptoms.

  • CDC Symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue 

    • Muscle and body aches

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

Fluoride Suspended


The fluoride program will be suspended until further notice.  The mouth rinse and spitting just offers a chance to spread germs.

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