School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate normal development and positive student responses to interventions; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning. (NASN 2010)
The school district provides a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in each building with an additional Licensed Professional Nurse (LPN) in the Middle School. These nurses provide a school health services program under the direction of the School Medical Director, Dr. Diane Jones.
What We Do
The nurse coordinates health care in the school setting, attempts to stabilize and comfort a child during medical emergencies, requests 911 support and response, and contacts parents. The nurse also provides first aid for all other non-emergent visits/injuries, as well as answers routine medical questions for parents, staff, and children. The nurse provides medical care according to the medical regimen prescribed by the private health provider and/or school medical protocols, if private medical orders are not provided by the parent. The nurse also performs and coordinates mandated NYS screenings, and advises parents on immunization and mandated physical examination requirements. Requests for regular or routine and ongoing medical care require parent permission and a medical order from your primary care provider.
The district’s health services shall provide parent/guardian notification of student illness, injury, or need of emergency health services in a timely and expeditious fashion by phone call, e-mail, and/or written notification as appropriate. Appropriate health alerts are also provided on the district’s website which parents should review on a periodic basis. In accordance with §910 of the Education Law, the parent/guardian of each child shall have the right to determine the form or manner of treatment or remedial care to be prescribed or applied as long as such care is in accordance with the professional standards for the practice of medicine as determined by the New York State Board of Regents under Article 131 of the Education Law. Therefore, the parent should advise the school nurse of their wishes at the start of the school year. However, during an emergency, the district nurse will respond as needed for the safety of the student.
The District adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Private health care providers must follow other laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In instances where the school needs to communicate with private health care providers, the parent will need to complete the required form(s) from their health care provider in order for school officials to be able to speak with them. Please be advised that certain confidential medical information will be shared with district personnel who need to know. This may include understanding the impact a medical condition may have on a child within the classroom setting or on the bus, and/or how to recognize and potentially manage significant medical concerns until medical help arrives. This disclosure may be in written form, such as documentation in an Emergency Care Plan (ECP), or verbal training on implementing the ECP, or both. If you have any questions about the re-disclosure of information on your child to supervisory staff responsible for their safety, please contact your school nurse.
Mandatory State Audits or Surveys
The NYS Department of Health (DOH) does periodic random audits of immunization records that are already available with identifying information on the NYS Immunization Registry. However, if you do not wish your child's name to be on an immunization record during these mandated reviews, please advise the school nurse at the start of the school year. The DOH also requires periodic audits of body mass index and weight status categories with mandated physical exams, as described above under screenings. These audits are anonymous; however, if you prefer not to participate in these audits, please advise the school nurse at the start of the school year.
***Please remind your child to report to the Health Office if they are not feeling well or have been injured. The student should consult the school nurse before making a determination about going home.***
Emergency Contact Information
It is important for the school to be able to communicate with parents by phone in the event of an emergency, or regarding an injury or illness. Therefore, it is important that parents keep their emergency contact information current at all times. Parents who discover that information is outdated should contact the respective school's Main Office to notify them of any changes.