The health and wellness of GCS students and staff is a top priority.

Healthcare Team, Medical Equipment & Facilities

Medical Equipment & Facilities

Necessary medical supplies and facilities are maintained at GCS include:

  • 10 Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs), located strategically throughout campus
  • First Aid Ready Bags for every teacher
  • First Aid Kits in all GCS vehicles & with each Head Coach
  • Health & Wellness Office with Nurse’s Station

Injuries & First Aid

Grace Christian School is prepared to care for injuries in the classroom, at the playground, or on the athletic field or court. All teachers carry a first aid ready bag prepared by the Health & Wellness Team. The school nurse is also available during school hours for any injury that requires aid. A first responder is present at all home games, and all GCS head coaches are certified in CPR and trained for AED, heat illness prevention, and concussion prevention. Each sports team has a first aid kit for practices and games.

Clean & Healthy Environment

Grace Christian School strives to provide the cleanest learning environment possible for your child.  Our sanitation efforts to include:

  • Protexus Wands – used to sanitize classrooms and common areas
  • EcoLab Cleaning Solution and Bleach Wipes – supplied to our teachers to help ensure student surfaces are cleaned routinely and as needed
  • Sanitation Team – our 8-member team keeps the campus clean throughout the school day and evening.
  • Hand Sanitizers – strategically placed throughout the campus to provide convenience and frequent hand cleaning

Medical Release Form

Health & Wellness Team

Director of Health and Wellness, Geneieve Paschal

Geneieve graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Central Carolina Community College in 2013. She spent several years of her nursing career working in a long term care facility in Sanford as the Staffing Coordinator.  Her nursing career has allowed her to serve patients in various aspects of the medical field including the med surgical floor and as a floor nurse at Central Carolina Hospital, Epic Computer Program Coordinator at Rex UNC Health, and in family healthcare nursing. Geneieve is certified through the American Heart Association as a Basic Life Support, First Aid, and Heartsaver Instructor.

Health Protocols & Common Questions

Providing a healthy environment is of utmost importance to GCS administration and staff.  Our “all-in” approach includes a commitment from our GCS families to keep students home when they are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.

  • Notify the Health and Wellness Team at the beginning of the school day.
  • Keep your ill child at home until he/she has been cleared to return to school.
  • Each student must exhibit signs of wellness and be free of symptoms for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • No fever and/or fever-reducing agents (Tylenol/Motrin/Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen/Aspirin) for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • Please keep your child at home if they are showing any signs of not feeling well or any signs of illness regardless of whether they have fever or not.
  • The Health and Wellness Team will evaluate him/her and will contact you.
  • Have a plan and someone who can pick your child up from school in a timely manner (within an hour).
  • Keep your child home for at least one full school day and until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.

No, GCS does not require a note from a physician; however, the Health and Wellness Team or school administration may deem it necessary in some cases.

Yes, only if the Medical Information/Emergency Release Form has been completed, signed, and stamped by a physician.

All medication, both over-the-counter and prescription, must be:

  • Kept in the Health and Wellness Team office (some exceptions given for rescue inhalers, etc. The GCS school nurse needs to approve this.)
  • In original packaging with the child’s first and lat name/DOB on the label
  • Unexpired

The staff will not administer medication if we do not have the Medical Information/Emergency Release Form on file.

You may administer medication to your student on campus using the following steps:

  1. Check into the front office
  2. Notify the school nurse

Due to recent developments, statistics, and trends with the COVID-19 virus, Grace Christian School has made the decision to treat the COVID-19 virus and restrictions similar to common illnesses such as flu. Monitor symptoms of your children and keep him/her home until symptoms have cleared for 24 hours. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to: fever, cough, congestion, GI symptoms. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the Health and Wellness Team:

Healthy Body & Mind

Health and wellness begins with healthy bodies and minds. Ensuring your student receives a healthy breakfast daily and eats regular, well-balanced meals will provide an optimum outcome for your student.  Studies have shown that students who eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and participate in physical activities (physical education class, recess, organized sports, etc.) are likely to have:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved energy
  • Improved cognitive skills
  • Improved ability to focus

It is also important to limit or avoid saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.


Our Grace Café offers a variety of foods to please many different tastes and daily nutritional requirements for breakfast and lunch. In addition, you can order a snack for your elementary student to be delivered to the classroom. Kindergarten snacks are included in the tuition. Otherwise, if you have an elementary student, please be sure to pack a healthy snack for them each day.

Physical Activity

Physical fitness plays an important role in keeping students healthy. Grace Christian offers not only P.E. and scheduled recess for elementary, but a variety of athletics and fitness electives for middle and high school.

In addition, GCS offers after school and summer camps that focus on sports, arts, and STEM development to keep students healthy, both physically and mentally.

Children who participate in sports and outdoor activities are likely to be healthier as a whole and experience less stress. In addition, organized sports promote a team- building environment and help children build and strengthen friendships.