School Health Services_____________
"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning."
This definition was adopted at the NASN Board of Directors meeting in
Each school is equipped with a health room. The health room is designed to treat minor injuries and to act as a temporary "waiting station" for children who have become ill during the school day. Should a student become ill, persons designated on the enrollment card will be contacted to pick up the student. It is most important that all telephone numbers be completed on the "Health Information and Emergency Consent" card that parents receive at the beginning of each school year, and be updated immediately if changes occur during the school year.
Should I Keep My Child Home?
The following guidelines should be used to help determine when your child should stay home from school due to illness: