Health Services

Supporting Healthy School Environments

The health clinics support a healthy school environment by monitoring immunizations, infectious diseases, student health concerns and medication administration, aligning to Board of Education health policies and Ohio Department of Health requirements.
 
Health services increase school attendance and reduce barriers to learning and academic achievement.  Nurses work closely with school counselors to address a student's social-emotional as well as physical health needs.
 
The school health clinics are operated by five registered nurses who support the general health of students, communicate with parents/guardians about health concerns, and arrange sending students home when necessary. 

Services

The clinics provide screenings, first aid and medical care to students during school days only.  Clinic nurses cannot diagnose and a visit to the health clinic is not intended to replace the services of a primary physician.

Annual Expectations

Health forms that pertain to specific health needs must be completed and maintained up-to-date:

Medications at School

Whenever possible, medications should be given at home.  If prescription medications must be given at school, an authorization form should be completed. Non-prescription medications require a signed form or parental consent by phone before medication is administered.

Immunizations

Ohio law and Board of Education policy require that students in all grades must meet minimum immunization standards.  The immunization record must include the student's name, birth date, and vaccines given and month/day/year of each immunization.  

Health Screenings at School

Districts are required by Ohio law to conduct vision and hearing screenings.  The purpose of these is to detect health problems that can result in early treatment:
  • Hearing:  Screenings are performed in grades PK, K, 1, 3, 5, 9, 11; also students participating in band and new students to the district.
  • Vision:  Screenings are performed in grades PK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9; all new students to the district.