School health services are provided by school nurses whose can help all students with preventive care such as vision and hearing screening, as well as acute and emergency care.
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. For students with chronic health conditions, school nurses play a large role in the daily management of their conditions.
Some students may have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or an Individualized Health Plan (IHP) that helps them to learn in an environment that can support their needs. Typically the school nurse plays an important role in establishing these plans.
School health services provided by nurses also are responsible for coordinating care by communicating with the student’s family and health care providers so that they can stay healthy and ready to learn.
The district provides a credentialed nurse as a resource on each high school campus for students.