Shelley Farrar, Supervisor for Nursing Services:
The school health program complements the efforts of all school personnel by evaluating the health needs of students and recommending program adjustments and referrals when necessary.
Scope of Services:
School nurses are responsible for first aid care, vision and hearing screening, postural screening, administering medication when necessary, updating the immunization status of students, referring students to outside agencies when appropriate and maintaining student health records.
The nurse is an integral part of the pupil services team providing assistance to the regular classroom teacher in modifying and adopting the student’s educational program when warranted. As a resource person, the nurse promotes programs which aid in the development and maintenance of good health.
The District Medical Advisor provides ongoing advisement in the management of the School Health Program through collaboration with the School Nurse Supervisor, School Administrator's, and the Board of Education.
The School Nurse:
- Implements the process and follow-up of diagnosing actual or potential health problems.
- Provides physical and mental health care for all students by creating climate of health and well being in the district schools.
- Educates staff and students in the appropriate use of services offered in the Health Office.
- Creates a climate of health and well-being in the district schools in an effort to minimize absences.
The school nursing program maintains written policies and procedures to ensure quality of services and district wide uniformity.