Direct Health Contacts
AISD students received 527,637 direct health contacts during SY 2012-13. Of those students seen by SHS staff for illness or injury in SY 2012-13, 12.5% were dismissed from school. The student health dismissal rate increased .9% over the prior year. Influenza cases more than doubled over the prior year as well. It is possible that the increased student health dismissal rate is related to an increase in acute illness during the school year.
SHS tracks seventeen outcomes for students seen in the health room. Rather than just tracking whether or not a student was dismissed, SHS tracks outcomes such as ‘returned to classroom’, ‘released to parent/guardian’, and ‘student released to administrator’. The return to class rate is conservatively calculated and includes only those students either dismissed from the health room directly to class, or to lunch and then class. This conservative approach focuses attention on the direct return of the student to classroom instruction. Students who have some intermediate outcome, such as release from the health room to an administrator, may also return to class, but do not do so directly from the health room. In SY 2012-13, 12.5% of students seen were dismissed by SHS according to health protocol, and 85.8% returned to class.
In SY 2012-13 there were 269,967 ill/injured contacts; 114,813 medication assistance contacts; 47,170 screenings (excluding Fitnessgram); and 95,690 health teachings by RN.