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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 is National School Nurse Day! We honor more than 95,000 school nurses in the United States who make a difference in the lives of children every day! The theme this year is School Nurses: Advocates for 21st Century Student Health. School nurses lead the way to advance health and support education by ensuring that students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Let’s celebrate our school nurses today and always!
School nursing is recognized as a specialized practice that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. School nurses promote health and safety, intervene with actual and potential health problems, provide case management services and actively collaborate with others to keep children healthy and ready to learn. Services provided by school nurses include:
First aid and crisis intervention
Communicable disease monitoring
Health related classroom instruction
Liaison for parents, physician and community agencies
Promotion of healthy lifestyles
Resource for students, parents and staff with medical needs
A school nurse or clinic assistant is available to provide first aid for minor injuries and the sudden onset of illness. If there is an injury or illness beyond our resources, the parent/guardian will be contacted. If it is life threatening, EMS will be called. Schools are not permitted to dispense any medication unless it is provided by the parent in accordance with state law. The following topicals are commonly used in the school clinic. Parents are asked to notify the school nurse if their child may react to one of the following items:
Oral gel (or generic)
Caladryl (or generic)
Saline eye wash
Visine (or generic)
Latex-free band aids
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, it is strongly suggested that the school clinic be stocked with a 3-day supply of medication and/or medical equipment along with explicit written directions for its use for any student with a chronic medical condition.
School Health Advisory Committee
Duncanville ISD needs parent volunteers to help with the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The group is required by Texas law, and its function is to make sure the district’s health programs reflect local community values.
IS YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CURRENT?
Please contact your child’s school if there has been any change in your address or phone number since the start of the school year. Up-to-date contact information is extremely important in the event of an emergency situation.
IS YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH HISTORY UP TO DATE?
It is very important that the school nurse has the most current health information about your child. If your child’s health history has changed, please contact your child’s school nurse so his/her health record can be updated.
SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL TODAY?
Not sure if you should send your child to school today? Click here to determine when a child should stay home due to illness.
WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD WITH ASTHMA STAY HOME?