My name is Deidre Tarte. I have been a nurse for 19 years. I graduated from Lake View High School in Lake View, South Carolina in 1997. I then attended Marion Mullins Vocational School from 1999-2001, where I obtained my Practical Nursing License. In 2016, I decided to further my education and began attending Florence Darlington Technical College from 2016-2019, where I obtained my associates degree in nursing. I have been with Marion County School District for 10 years and at North Mullins Primary for the past 3 years.
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I was raised and currently live in Lake View, SC with my husband Joe, and my 2 kids. Taylor, my 22 year old daughter and Hunter, my 18 year old son.
I look forwarded to taking care of each and every student.
DHEC and the WHO has issued recommendations to lead school nurses for students and staff for preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and the flu:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used except after changing diapers, using or assisting someone in using the toilet, and when hands are visibly soiled;
- Avoid frequent touching of eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; immediately discard tissues in a waste basket;
- If tissues are not readily available, the cough or sneeze may be caught by the sleeve at the elbow or shoulder. Remove mucus or debris with a tissue and then wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Change or cover clothing contaminated with mucus to prevent spreading.
- Washing or sanitizing hands after using tissues and after contact with respiratory secretions.
- Encourage Respiratory Etiquette by making hygiene supplies, tissues, and trash receptacles easily accessible.
- Encourage parents to keep children at home if ill; staff should equally be encouraged to stay at home when ill.
- Sanitize commonly touched surfaces and objects frequently with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
There is SC DHEC guidance school nurses are to follow for staff members and students developing fever or other respiratory symptoms while at school within 14 days of returning from another affected area other than China. Please report these conditions to your school nurse.
Due to the increase of illness within the school we would like to provide you with a little information on illnesses we are seeing the most. Things like strep throat, fever, vomiting, and flu like symptoms. Flu season is on the rise.
According to DHEC’s school exclusion list Strep Throat is transmitted (passed) through droplet (coughing or sneezing) or contact with contaminated objects. Students who have been diagnosed with strep throat should not return until no temperature (98.6 F) and at least 24 hours after treatment has been started.
Student who have been vomiting (throwing up) 2 or more times during the previous 24 hours should not return until at least 24 hours has passed with no further vomiting. No exclusion is required for a brief, nonrepeating episode of vomiting with no other signs of severe illness.
Influenza/ Influenza-like Illness (ILI) ILI is defined as an oral temperature of > 100° F with a cough and/or sore throat for which there is no other known cause. Student are unable to return until at least 24 hours after fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medicines like Tylenol or Motrin.
Please please please do not send you sick, still recovering from illness, feverish child to school to infect the healthy students and staff.
Deidre Tarte, RN
North Mullins Primary School Nurse
105 Charles Street
Mullins, SC 29574
Phone: 843-464-3750 Ext. 5044