The goal of health services is to provide for the health and well-being of students and staff and to facilitate the District’s compliance with state mandated health regulations.
Health Services staff is available to assess the impact of chronic illness on the educational process and to provide classroom presentations on health matters.
As a support program in the schools, the Health Services Department realizes the need to work with staff to reduce the barriers to learning. In order to best serve the needs of the student population in a proactive manner, the quality of care must be a primary concern. Each school has a health office staffed by a nurse at least part time.
The overall goal of education is to assist students to become productive members of society. It is imperative they learn that at times they must work through minor discomforts. Health education is an ongoing learning process. Teachers and classroom staff are asked to evaluate students complaining of illness and share their observations. As their primary teacher, they are better able to detect those differences that could help evaluate their complaints. The nursing staff works to help all children understand the difference between an illness and just having an off day.
Students who need to take medication during the school day are required to have a permission slip signed by both their physician and parent. The school nurse or designee will administer the medication and maintain a log.
Special Health Procedures
Special health procedures will be provided by a nurse whenever possible. In the case of a nurse being absent, a nurse from another school will come to provide the health care unless another school staff has been trained to provide the procedure.
Every student must have a physical within 30 days of entering school and a second one prior to entering sixth grade. They must also have a valid immunization certificate upon enrollment. A vision exam is required upon initial entry to preschool, K or first grade. A dental exam is required for K entry.
Information from all health records is entered into Infinite Campus.
Vision screenings are conducted annually on all students in grade 3, 5 and 8 as well as any K or 1 student who has not received their vision exam.
Hearing screenings are conducted annually on all students in grade K, 1 and 3.
Height and weight measurements are conducted annually on all elementary school students.
Scoliosis screenings are conducted on students in grade 8 with parent permission.
Students showing any deviation from normal in a screening are referred for further evaluation.
Each year students who fail vision are given the opportunity to participate in the “Give the Gift of Sight” program sponsored by LensCrafters which provides vision examinations and glasses to students meeting the financial requirements.
The health department provides a program to all second grade students on dental health. Students who return their permission slip are provided with dental sealants.
Emergency Care Procedures
Each school shall have first aid facilities, including provisions for designated areas for a child to recline.
An adult certified in standard first aid which includes CPR must be present in schools at all times when students are present.
In order to secure coverage, we require two certified first aid and CPR providers for each building.
Communicable Diseases and Parasites
It is the duty of health services to monitor communicable disease and communicate with parents and staff anything that could pose a risk to staff and students. By law, we are obligated to report to the Health Department any reportable diseases.
Every employee who has direct contact with students must be