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 Clay County Health Department 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, 3 School Health Registered Nurses, who each oversee 13 - 14 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.
School health staff provides many services to a steady flow of students in the school health room for any number of reasons, including:
Over the course of the 2011 – 2012 school year, school health staff provided:
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For information on Clay County's School Health Services program, call the School Health program at (904) 529-2854.
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