What does a school nurse do?
Definition of School Nursing
"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning."
This definition was adopted at the National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors meeting in Providence,Rhode Island in June 1999
What happens if my child becomes ill or is injured while at school?
First-aid and care for illness will be provided if your child becomes ill and/or injured. In the event your child is unable to attend class, you will be notified and asked to make arrangements for your child to be cared for at home. Parents are responsible to provide transportation home, as well as for any medical expenses incurred as a result of illness/injury. Should an injury which occurred at school require medical care, you are asked to contact your school nurse.
Please keep the school notified of any change in emergency phone numbers should you need to be reached.
What happens if my child has a communicable disease?
Parental cooperation is an important key in helping to stop the spread of the various childhood diseases which commonly occur during the school-age years. If you suspect your child may have a communicable disease, you are urged to contact your school nurse. You will then be advised as to the School District's policy regarding school attendance for the specific disease and provided with information regarding its management. Notifying the school is also a means of alerting school staff to other potential cases.
What happens if my child misses a day of school?
While regular school attendance is viewed as an important part of a successful school experience, your child may need to miss school due to illness, etc. Should this occur, you are required to submit an excuse stating the reason for absence as soon as possible after the absence has occurred. This includes half day absences and those for which the school has sent your child home ill. Should your child require medical care, it is a good idea to obtain a doctor's excuse to avoid accumulating an excess of 7-10 days of parentally excused absences.
Does the school provide insurance for my child?
No. School insurance for students is offered at the beginning of each school year as a resource for meeting this obligation. If you lack health insurance for your child, please contact your school nurse for information regarding resources which may be available to help. Many children are eligible for CHIPS (Children's Health Insurance Program). To find out if your child is one of them, please call 1-800-543-7105.