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The health services department is composed of a team of ESA-certified District RNs, school nurse RNs, LPNs, health room technicians, and administrators. Health services is committed to promoting optimal physical and mental health in order to maximize student potential and educational benefit.
Our team collaborates with parents/guardians, students, and district staff members to create a plan for students to attend school as safely as possible while receiving the care they need. In short, we want to keep healthy students attending school, and help ill/injured students return to school as soon as possible.
Please contact the school health room staff when:
- A communicable disease/concern occurs
- A change occurs in your child’s health or when a medication must be taken at school
- Your child’s attendance starts to change
- You want information about health care services in the community
- You need assistance obtaining dental or vision care for your child
- You need assistance obtaining a referral to a health care provider
- A health problem might be a community health issue
What do the health room staff do?
So much more than “ice, lice, and band-aids!”
We work to manage complex, chronic medical conditions, promote healthy behaviors, and reduce health disparities. This may include:
- Immediate and temporary care of students who become ill or injured
- Medication administration
- Medical procedures (clean intermittent catheterization, G-tube feeding)
- Health referrals
- Hearing and vision screening
- Management of health and immunization records
What do District RNs do?
- Develop emergency care plans for students with life-threatening situations (for example, severe allergies, cardiac conditions, asthma, and diabetes)
- Develop Individual Health Plans (IHP) for medically fragile students (for example, tube feedings, catheterizations, and nebulizer treatments) in the many programs throughout the district.
- Support the health rooms.
- Participate in the development of Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) helping to ensure inclusion of students with disabilities, and significant impairments.
- Provide input and training to school staff regarding the needs of technologically assisted students.
- Contribute to 504 accommodation plans that allow students with substantial disabilities to have equal access to education.
“If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.”
--Barbara Coloroso, parenting expert and author