The focus of the school health program is on the total child. Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
School health services are intended to encourage and support the belief that to live and grow effectively, students should have optimum physical and emotional health. The Certified School Nurse is an advocate for health rights for children and functions as the manager of health care, deliverer of mandated health services, as a health counselor and educator for the school and community.
It is important to update each student’s record by receiving current information from the parents or guardians regarding: change of health status; medications a child may currently be taking; long-term medication therapy; medication that has been discontinued; any recent hospitalizations for medical treatment or surgery; and routine immunization and booster information.
If a student becomes ill at school, he/she should obtain a pass from the teacher and report to the nurse’s office. The student is not to call home before going to the nurse’s office. No student is permitted to leave school during school hours whether for illness or other cause without the permission of the Principal or the Nurse.
Due to the increasing allergies and sensitivity of all staff and students, it is recommended that students do not carry any scented items, including sprays and aerosols during school.