School Health Program Overview
School Health Services ensure that school children are healthy and ready to learn. The presence of the school nurse can relieve teachers of monitoring and attending to student health needs so they are free to devote all of their time to educating students. Also, school health programs afford parents the peace of mind in knowing that their child’s health needs will be handled by a trained health professional during the school day.
The Florida Department of Health in Clay County manages the School Health Services Program in cooperation with the Clay County School District. The Clay County School Health Program is staffed by a School Health Registered Nurse Supervisor, 4 School Health Registered Nurses, who each oversee 8-11 schools, and a Staff Assistant. The Clay County School District School Health Services Programs has a Supervisor of Student Services who handles specific administrative aspects of the program. The school district also employs 1 - 3 trained school health personnel at each school, consisting of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Clinic Health Assistants, depending on the health needs of the school population.
What kinds of services do students need during the school day?
Many students come to school with health conditions that may interfere with their ability to learn and reach their full potential. Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes, infections, injuries and emotional difficulties related to these illnesses may lead to absences from school and, in some cases, academic failure if left unattended or not addressed properly. The school nurse is a valuable partner in ensuring that students are healthy, safe and prepared to learn.
|cuts and bruises||headaches, dizziness, head injuries or seizures|
|head lice and skin rashes||earaches, sore throats and upper respiratory infections|
|personal and family problems||nosebleeds and asthma attacks|
|peer pressure and test anxiety||stomach aches, cramps, vomiting or diarrhea|
|vision, hearing, height-weight and scoliosis screenings||complex or chronic health conditions|
|assistance with administration of prescription and over-the-counter medications|
School Health Services Totals (2013-2014)
- 293,046 student health evaluations and nursing assessments
- 80,922 consultations with parents and/or school staff
- 65,437 first aid treatments for students with injuries and/or other complaints
- 34,451 complex medical procedures for students with special medical needs
- 24,595 record reviews and immunization follow-ups to ensure that Clay County school children are protected against preventable diseases
- 10,221 vision screenings
- 7,659 hearing screenings
- 2,643 scoliosis screenings
- 7,445 BMI screenings with 64% of the district's school children who were screened being in the healthy weight range, 4% underweight, and 32% of the school population being either overweight or obese.