The school nurse is a registered nurse with a public health certificate. Additionally, she or he is credentialed in health services by the Teacher's Commission on credentialing. Functions of the school nurse include but are not limited to state mandated hearing and vision screening and scoliosis screening. School nurses supervise unlicensed personnel in the health office in medication administration, first aid and specialized procedures. Generally, school nurses work at several school sites so they must respond to emergencies by phone. The nurse is a member of the special education team where she serves as a consultant . The school nurse also assists families and students by offering counseling and referrals to physicians, mental health workers, dentists as well as other public agencies. The school nurse is the only staff member on campus who is educated in health care and is often the first contact for children with health problems.
The Student Services department will gladly arrange for instruction in the home or hospital to any student who is temporarily disabled by an accident or by a physical, mental or emotional illness as verified by a licensed physician or school psychologist. The form “Referral For Home/Hospital Instruction” may be obtained in our school offices or at the Student Services department.