Healthy students are ready to learn!
Hendry County District Schools provide health services that promote student health through prevention, intervention and treatment. School health staff is professionally trained to advocate for children’s health and safety within the educational setting. Some services offered in the school include health screenings, medication administration and treatment of acute and chronic health related problems. The delivery of school health services is guided by a cooperative and comprehensive plan developed by the Hendry County School District and the Hendry County Health Department.
Why do we need nurses and other health services in schools?
During the school year, children spend many of their waking hours at school. Without health services, students with minor injuries, acute illness, chronic conditions, mental and social problems may not be able to attend school.
During a typical school day in Florida, there are nearly 100,000 visits to school health rooms across the state, and more than 80,000 doses of medication administered to students.
The school nurse supports each student by implementing several strategies that promote both student and staff health and safety. Some of theses strategies include:
- Providing health education within the school
- Identifying health concerns in the school environment
- Supporting health promoting behaviors within the school
Each school in Hendry County has a nurse, an LPN or an RN to staff the school health room. Services provided frequently include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Head lice and skin rashes
- Headaches, dizziness, head injuries or seizures
- Each aches, sore throats, upper respiratory infections
- Nosebleeds, asthma attacks,
- Stomach aches, cramps, vomiting or diarrhea
- Vision, hearing, height-weight and scoliosis screenings
- Administration of treatments to manage complex or chronic health conditions
- Assistance with the administration of prescription and over the counter medications
- Prior to entrance into school, each child must have on file a Florida Certificate of Immunization, DH 680, also known as the “Blue Card” documenting the following:
- Five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine
- Four doses of polio vaccine
- Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
- Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine
- One dose of Varicella vaccine ( chicken pox vaccine)
- Students entering Kindergarten and those that are new to Florida Schools must also have a physical exam documented on DH 3040, the School Entry Health Exam form.
- Students entering the seventh grade are required to have a Tetanus-diptheria booster before the first day of school.
NO Shots NO School
Make sure your child has all required shots before school starts. Kindergarten students must have up to date immunizations records for school entry. Students entering 7th grade must have a tetanus booster Before the 1st day of school
FREE IMMUNIZATIONS for children
Hendry County Health Department
1140 Pratt Blvd
8:30am – 11:00 am & 1:00pm-3:30 pm
(863) 674 4041
1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston
8:30am – 11:00 am & 1:00pm-3:30 pm
Glades County Health Department
956 US 27 SW
8:30 am -11:00 am & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Each school year, children in specified grades are measured for height and weight to monitor their physical growth and development. Body mass index (BMI) is also calculated. BMI is the recommended screening method for children and adolescents. It is based upon a child’s age and gender, calculated using a child’s weight and height, and compared to standardized growth charts.
The percentage of overweight children aged 6 to 11 more than doubled in the past 20 years and the rate among adolescents aged 12 to 19 more than tripled.
BMI-for-age calculations greater than the 95th percentile are considered overweight. Overweight is the result of calories consumed being greater than calories utilized. Being overweight is influenced by genetics, health, insufficient physical activity and excessive calorie intake.
Why is it a problem if a child is overweight?
Overweight young people are more likely than children of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for adult health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and arthritis.
An estimated sixty one percent of overweight young people already have risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming overweight and developing related diseases.
How can parents help an overweight child?
Parents should not focus only on the habits of the overweight child. Instead, parents should slowly try to improve the whole family’s eating and physical activity habits.
The first step toward weight control is for overweight children to stay at their current weight and not gain weight. This can be done by gradual changes in eating and physical activity habits.
- Encourage children to enjoy a variety of food.
- Drink water when thirsty, instead of sodas.
- Involve children in food shopping and meal preparation.
- Read food labels for fat and sugar content.
- Serve smaller portions.
- Let children stop eating when they are full, instead of when the plate is empty.
- Try to have children eat slowly. A child is better able to feel fullness when eating slowly.
- Eat together as a family.
Children should get one hour of physical activity per day. Plan times and places for your family to engage in physical activities that are fun.
- Playing Frisbee.
- Riding a tricycle or bicycle.
- Dancing to music.
- Roller-skating or rollerblading.
- Games such as tennis, soccer, kickball, and basketball.
- Jumping rope.
- Exercising to a fitness video.
- Joining in household tasks such as cleaning and yard-work.
The importance of proper hand-washing
Studies show that adequate hand-washing decreases the spread of infection
The importance of eating 5 – 9 fruits and vegetables daily
The importance of 60 minutes of physical activity per day
The importance of seat belts
For the years 2001-2003 Hendry County ranked number one in the state for the number of deaths per 100,000 people for Motor Vehicle Crashes. Hendry County ranked number two in the state for the years 2002-2004 with Glades County ranking number one. Seat belt usage saves lives.