School Health Services Best Practices


School Health Services Best Practices

School health services — whether led by a nurse or approached as a school-based health center — help students assess their health, manage chronic illness, administer medication and provide health counseling. The payoff can be huge in terms of academic achievement. Better management of chronic illness, for example, increases attendance. And improved attendance increases the chances of academic success.

How does your district measure up?
  • Every school in our district provides health services by a licensed school nurse or a trained health services employee who is supervised by a school nurse. We maintain a school nurse-to-student ratio of one nurse per 750 students.
  • Our students are routinely screened and referrals made for medical needs including vision, hearing, weight and dental problems as well as lack of health insurance.
  • The health status of students with chronic illness (such as diabetes, asthma, allergies and seizures) is monitored routinely, and health care/emergency plans for these students are written by the school nurse.
  • Student attendance records are monitored routinely to identify absences related to health concerns.
  • Our schools have adequate health facilities including a sink with hot running water, a handicapped accessible restroom, a cot, a computer, a locked file cabinet and a secure medication cabinet.
  • Our district has considered participating in the Medicaid School Health Services Program, and if we decide to participate, we will strategically spend reimbursed Medicaid dollars on sustaining long term school health efforts.  View our webinar, Untapped Revenue Source – Is Your District Participating?.
  • Our school ensures access to on site school social workers and psychologists who have adequate time in the building to meet the needs of individual students, but also to deliver school wide evidence-based programs that improve safety, social and emotional health and positive behaviors for all students.

“I truly believe school-based health clinics have improved our attendance rate. It’s critical that all school districts support school-based clinics. They improve the quality of students’ lives, the quality of their education and they have a huge, positive impact on the community.”

Jeannette Lewis, School Board Member, Adams County School District
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