The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as a specialized practice of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses are considered leaders who bridge health care and education by delivering quality healthcare in the school setting.
Being a school nurse is a responsibility to be taken seriously. We are an integral part of a team in which parents/guardians, teachers, administration, and support staff work together to keep your child healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Each day I will seek to improve the health and education outcome for children by promoting school and community wellness.
Please note the following health-related information:
- Although parents are responsible for obtaining a physical examination for their child, it is the school district’s responsibility to inform parents/guardians of the importance of obtaining physical examinations at least once during each of the student’s developmental stages: early childhood (pre-school through grade 3), pre-adolescence (grades 4 through 6) and adolescence (grades 7 through 12).
- All students will undergo screenings. Screenings are grade dependent and include: height, weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing, and scoliosis. They are completed throughout the year and are not on any set schedule. If you do not want your child screened by the school nurse you must notify the school nurse, in writing or by email, as soon as possible.
- Medical information will be shared on a need-to-know basis with the appropriate faculty/staff.
- All medication must be brought to the nurse’s office by a parent/guardian. Students cannot bring in the medication, unless the student is authorized with written permission by physician and parent to self-carry a life-saving medication as indicated above.
ALL UNUSED MEDICATION NEEDS TO BE PICKED UP BY PARENT/GUARDIAN FROM NURSE’S OFFICE BEFORE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL EACH ACADEMIC YEAR, OR IT WILL BE DISPOSED OF IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAW.
Forms to be completed for the Nurse