Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Student Health

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As part of our mission to focus on the physical well-being of our students, Shorecrest's student health program includes a counselor for all grade levels, health and ethics courses, and a Health Clinic on campus with a full time R.N. available.

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  • Lower & Middle School Counseling

    As the school counselor for the Lower and Middle Schools, Ms. Fierce advocates for the social and emotional development of students. She regularly consults with teachers and parents on issues related to social-emotional development and behavior. Ms. Fierce regularly meets with Lower and Middle School students individually, as needed. She also teaches weekly lessons in kindergarten and biweekly lessons in grades 1-4. These lessons are focused on topics related to social-emotional learning: resiliency, conflict resolution, leadership skills and so on. Additionally, Ms Fierce leads faculty learning opportunities related to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Responsive Classroom and Teaching with Love and Logic. 
    Ms. Fierce received a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and a M.S.Ed in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Shorecrest faculty in 2012, after seven years at New Eagle Elementary in Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, a nationally-ranked suburban public school system outside of Philadelphia.

    Log in to Ms. Fierce's PowerSchool pages for Lower School Social Emotional Learning lessons from home, including songs stories, meditation and much more.
  • Upper School Counseling

    As Upper School Counselor, Courtney Ellis '02 works closely with students, families, faculty and community professionals to ensure the emotional health and well-being of Shorecrest students. She adheres to a preventative, psychoeducational approach and thus emphasizes proactive and developmentally appropriate interventions. She maintains an open door policy for both students and their parents; and addresses issues that range from typical adolescent issues of social conflict, test anxiety, and relationships to the more acute issues of family conflict, mood disorders and chronic health concerns.

    As a member of our outstanding faculty, Mrs. Ellis teaches AP Psychology in Upper School as well.


Shorecrest has a full-time nurse on staff in the Clinic, located on the Lower School campus. Our Clinic:
  • Provides health assessments, first aid, and emergency care
  • Insures that all students have proper immunizations and physical exams as required by the State of Florida
  • Administers medication as prescribed by your child’s physician
  • Communicates with parents if a student is ill or seriously injured
  • Monitors immunization compliance and communicable diseases
For the safety of our community, parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their child if, in the professional opinion of the nurse, he/she is unable to participate in school activities or may put other students and staff at risk of an illness.

Absences / Sick Notes

Restrictions related to Physical Education: If your child cannot participate in more than three consecutive physical education classes, a letter must be completed by the child’s doctor and brought to school. If the letter does not include a return to full activity date, then the child will need a release note from the doctor in order for him/her to return to physical education classes.

Please keep your child home if they:
have had a fever of 100.4 or higher for the past 24 hours.
For example, if your child has a temperature of 99 because you have given Tylenol to bring the temperature down, you must start counting the 24 hours after the Tylenol has worn off, 4-6 hours later. We believe this will help to prevent the spread of illness. Be aware that if your child returns to school the next day after being sent home the day before with a fever, we will notify you to pick up your child immediately.

are sent home because of vomiting and/or diarrhea.
It is important that you wait at least 24 hours after the last episode before returning him/her to school except for isolated cases of vomiting or a single episode of loose stool.

have conjunctivitis (red/pink eyes, itching, crusty or purulent discharge to the eye(s).  
You will be asked to bring your child to his/her pediatrician for diagnosis and treatment.  He/she may return to school after receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.

have cold symptoms that cause discomfort to your child and/or risk of contagion to others, including excessive coughing, runny noses with colored discharge.

have Strep throat.
Students may return to school after receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment - and if they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.

have active head lice.
Students must be treated and be cleared by the school nurse before returning to school.

have a rash, contagious or of unknown origin.
Children must have a doctor’s note to return.

Medications at School

The clinic has the following over the counter medications available to students with the parent’s written consent: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, tums, oral and topical benadryl, hydrocortisone cream, clear eye drops and cough drops.  

Other medications may be administered at school by the nurse with a written order from a licensed health care provider, with parent written permission. All medications must be in their original prescribed labeled containers. An administration of medication form must be filled out by the parent EVERY school year. Students are allowed to self-carry medications (inhaler, epinephrine auto-injector, pancreatic enzymes) providing that a self-carry administration form is completed and signed by both parent and student, with the approval of the school nurse. 

Life threatening allergies:
A severe allergy health history form must be completed and signed by the parent every year. Parents are expected to provide their child’s epinephrine auto-injector (with its original prescription label) to the nurse by the first day of school. 

Health & Guidance News

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Did You Know?

A Sports physical is not the same as a Health physical.
Even if you visited your doctor before school started, you may still need to have more forms completed before beginning practice with a Shorecrest Athletic Team. Please see the Athletic Forms page for more information.

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  • Photo of Donna Conroy

    Donna Conroy 

    School Nurse
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  • Photo of Betsy Dougherty

    Betsy Dougherty 

    MS Health & PE, Volleyball Coach
    727-522-2111 x530
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  • Photo of Courtney Ellis

    Courtney Ellis 

    Upper School Counselor
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  • Photo of Kate Fierce

    Kate Fierce 

    LS and MS Counselor
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  • Photo of Jason Montoya

    Jason Montoya 

    MS P.E. Teacher & Boys Varsity Soccer Coach
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Shorecrest Preparatory School

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.