Health Office

Responsibilities of the School Nurse

The school nurse is on duty from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. daily. Students who have a need to see the school nurse should do so with the permission of their teacher or the teacher on duty at any time during the day.

Responsibilities of the school nurse include, but are not limited to:

  • providing direct health care to students and staff
  • providing leadership for the provision of health services
  • promoting a healthy school environment
  • promoting health
  • serving in a leadership role for health policies and programs
  • serving as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and health care providers

Additionally, the school nurse is responsible for:

  • developing procedures to address and meet special physical health needs of students. Such procedures may be developed and implemented on a case-by-case basis.

The school nurse is also responsible for the oversight of other school services, including but not limited to:

  • assessing and responding to student health needs
  • maintaining accurate health records
  • screening for vision, hearing, and BMI according to national recommendations
  • participating on 504 and IEP teams (if requested)
  • health promotion, disease and injury prevention initiatives
  • student wellness

Protocols

All injuries or illnesses occurring during the school day are to be reported to the school nurse or the building principal. Students attending school during the extended day, night, or summer school programs, or any other time when the school nurse is not in the building, are to report to the supervising adult. The school nurse, principal, or designee will notify parents/guardians before a student who is injured or ill is permitted to go home. Students will not be allowed to leave school without first notifying either the school nurse or principal of his/her injury or illness. Additionally, parent/guardian notification and authorization is necessary before any student will be released from school due to injury or illness. Emergency medical care will be provided pursuant to the guidelines of Board Policy EBBC/JLCE.

Parents are urged to keep their child home if he/she is not feeling well. Students who come to school are expected to be healthy enough to play outside. Exceptions are made only with a written excuse from a physician or with permission from the school nurse.

Please notify the school nurse if your child has a physical concern or allergy. Please also let the nurse know if an illness or allergy occurred during non-school hours so that we can monitor the situation.

Communication with the nurse may be by telephone between 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before or after that time, please call the school office.

Please notify the school if there are changes in the emergency information during the year.

Health records must be received prior to the child entering school.