At MYES, all employees are working hard to stop the spread of contagious illnesses.  We teach the importance of good hand washing and we disinfect all hard surfaces daily.  Sometimes it is difficult to decide in the morning whether your child is too sick to attend school.  Here are a few guidelines from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta that may help you make that decision. 

 A child should stay home if he/she has:

·      A fever higher than 100.4 degrees

·      Vomited and/or diarrhea more than once

·      A very frequent cough

·      Persistent pain (ear, stomach, headache, etc.)

·      Any rash or blisters that are draining

 There may be cases of Hand-Foot-Mouth-Disease.  This is a viral infection that causes sores in the mouth and on the hands and feet.  It is usually not serious and goes away on its own in about a week to 10 days.

 There may be a few cases of Fifth Disease in our school system.  This is a virus with mild symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, "slapped cheek" rash on face and lace-like rash on extremities, and low-grade fever.

DO NOT give aspirin to children unless directed to do so by your doctor.  Aspirin has been linked to a rare but serious illness, Reye's syndrome, in children.

 Children with strep throat may return to school after being on the prescribed antibiotic for 24 hours.

 Children with pink eye should stay home until symptoms subside or they have been on antibiotic eye drops or ointment at least 24 hours.

 I hope these guidelines are helpful.  If you are still unsure about sending your child, you may call the clinic any morning after 7:15 and I will be here to answer your questions.  706-865-3514  x4826

 Also, please encourage your child(ren) to drink plenty of water during the day and make sure they get enough sleep at night. This will fortify their bodies for the months ahead. 


Thank you,
Alison Brewer, RN

MYES School Nurse

Lunch Program

Elementary school lunches are $1.80 a day for students or $.40 a day for reduced-price.

Breakfasts are Free Everyday at MYES for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Visitor meals are $3.00. 

Students may purchase lunches and breakfasts daily or may deposit any amount of money into their accounts at any time.  Any money leftover at the end of the year can be refunded or carried over to the following year. 



The Mt. Yonah Elementary Counseling program is designed for all students. The Counselor provides well-planned developmental guidance activities to help children learn skills needed to face the challenges of school and everyday life.

School Counseling programs promote and enhance student learning in three broad content areas.  The first area is academic development, which includes activities to support and maximize student achievement. Second, career development, introduces skills and knowledge that enable students to make a successful transition from school to work. The third area, personal/social development, promotes personal and social growth as students’ progress through school and into adulthood.

The School Counselor performs a variety of duties and facilitates many activities for the school.  These include and are not limited to the following:

  • Individual and crisis counseling with students as needed.
  • Group counseling with small groups of children who have similar concerns.
  • Classroom guidance lessons, for all grades levels, cover a variety of topics including personal/social, personal safety, academic support, career awareness, and other preventative lessons.
  • Consultation with parents and teachers to assist in meeting the individual needs of students.
  • Coordinating referrals to school system services and community agencies.
  • Providing resource information for parents.
  • Planning Student Recognition programs and activities.
  • Assisting with school attendance incentive activities.
  • Promoting a “Bully Free” school and other school-wide behavior and preventative initiatives.

Get to know the School Counselor: 
Mt. Yonah’s Counselor, Melodie Palmer, is a native Floridian, and has been a resident of White County since 1982.  She earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stetson University. Mrs. Palmer has over 30 years experience in education. Previous to becoming an Elementary School Counselor, she worked in the college setting.

Mrs. Palmer began her career as a School Counselor in Habersham County. She later relocated to the White County School System as the School Counselor for Jack P. Nix Primary School, where she was employed for 9 years. She joined the staff at Mt. Yonah Elementary School when the school opened in 2003.

One of Mrs. Palmer’s favorite duties, as a School Counselor, is presenting Classroom Guidance lessons.  She enjoys working with the elementary grades, as there is so much variety in her day.  One minute she is communicating with a 5 year old and next she may be in a class full of 10 and 11 year olds! Never a dull moment at Mt. Yonah!