The Children’s/AISD Student Health Services Program is implemented by a team of Registered Nurses (RN) and School Health Assistants (SHA), who along with AISD staff provide care for students during school hours. The RN functions as a leader and the coordinator of the school health services team. The focus of school health programs and services is on wellness, health promotion and prevention. This enhances the ability of students to learn by eliminating non-educational barriers. The child enters the classroom in optimal health (physical and emotional) and is ready to learn. The following is an overview.
Preventive and State Mandated Health Screenings Services:
Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes in Children screenings are completed on students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7.
Body mass index (BMI) assessments in conjunction with Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes referrals and the PE dept.
Vision and Hearing screenings as needed. Spinal screens are completed on 5th and 8th grade students.
Promotion of a Healthy School Environment:
Health Education: The RN provides individual and group teaching on topics such as nutrition, hand washing, prevention of communicable diseases, growth and development, and information specific to illnesses (i.e. asthma, diabetes). The nurse conducts annual training to AISD staff on the prevention of “Heat Related Illness”, MRSA, Bloodborne Pathogens and AED overview.
Immunization Compliance: The Department of State Health Services has ruled that students must be current with immunizations in order to attend school. The Student Health Services team along with the principal monitor monthly immunization compliance in order to keep students in school. The Student Health Services immunization team holds clinics weekly at designated schools throughout the school year.
Management of Ill and Injured Students: Provides direct care to students for injuries and acute illness during school hours, within the scope of AISD policy. Staff will communicate with parents, or their designee as needed. This may include a referral to Emergency Medical Services and other providers of care as necessary.
Medication Management: Provides medication during school hours, if it is deemed medically necessary by the RN and in compliance with district medication policies.
Communicable Disease Surveillance: The RN will follow-up with parents regarding students with infectious diseases. The RN will ensure the healthiest environment possible by monitoring and/or excluding children with communicable diseases.
Coordination of Care: The RN coordinates with parents, medical providers, and AISD staff to meet the health care needs of students. This includes development of care plans and educating staff about the student’s needs. In addition, the RN supports the student with learning how to integrate their condition into daily life activities.
Environmental Issues: The RN completes a Safe School Environment Survey annually. This information is shared with campus and district administrators, in order to promote a safe school environment. Student Health Services is on an Ozone Action Day alert notification list. Once alerted, the health team works with school administration to implement preventive measures.
Crisis Intervention: The School Health Services team coordinates with counselors and administration to implement a plan for prevention and management of school violence, bullying and disaster.
Collaboration: The RN is a liaison between school personnel, family, healthcare professionals and the community. The RN participates as the health expert on the IMPACT, LST, ARD and 504 teams. The RN facilitates access to CHIP and Medicaid to help students and families enroll in state health insurance programs as needed. The nurse may also assist students in locating a medical home and other social service linkages as needed.
Parent Communication: The RN is available to meet and/or discuss care of the students during school hours.
For any questions, please contact the nurse at your school or call Student Health Services at (512) 324-0195.