Direct Health Contacts
AISD students received 519,603 direct health contacts during SY 2014-15, resulting in a rate of 6.14 contacts per student enrolled. There were 894 influenza/influenza-like illness cases in SY 2014-15, an increase of 46.6% over the prior year. Although there was an effort to encourage flu vaccines, the vaccine did not include prevalent strains of the H3N2 virus with resulting reduced effectiveness.
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 2014-15, 84.2% of students seen returned to class and 11.7% were dismissed according to health room protocol for illness/injury, indicating that they were appropriately managed for their health condition. Parents can determine that their child should leave school even if not indicated by nursing protocol. In SY 2014-15, 2.6% of all students seen in the health room were dismissed against nursing protocol.
In SY 2014-15, of all students dismissed from school following a health encounter, 11.3% were against nursing protocol. SHS staff have been working to reduce this proportion over time by educating parents about nursing protocols for dismissal.
In SY 2014-15 there were 268,883 ill/injured contacts; 82,753 medication assistance contacts; 53,067 screenings (excluding Fitnessgram); and 98,186 health teachings by RN.