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Health Services

HUSD supports the health of each student so they come to school ready to learn. The school nurse works with teachers and administrative staff at each site to meet the health needs of students.

What is a school nurse?

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.  -- National Association of School Nurses, 2017

What do school nurses do?

School nurses assess students in the health office when they get hurt or feel sick.  Since there is only one school nurse for 4 school sites in our district, administrative staff receives yearly training on how to help students when the nurse is not there.  The nurse also:

- completes yearly vision and hearing screening for kindergarten, second, fifth, eighth, and tenth grade students

- reviews immunization records and makes recommendations accordingly

- conducts a health assessment for all special education students

- supervises medications given during school hours

- develops individualized health plans for students with asthma, food allergies, diabetes, etc.

- and a lot more!