• School Nurses

     

    School nurses play an essential role in keeping children healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Each of our elementary schools is staffed by a Registered Nurse with a Vermont State School Nurse endorsement acquired through the Department of Education.  In addition, staffing may be complemented by an LPN or Health Assistant.  We maintain compliance, of a full time school nurse to student ratio of 1/500, as mandated by the Department of Education through the Vermont School Quality Standards.

    The role of the school nurse includes, but is not limited to the following:

    • Developing Individual Health Care Plans
    • Maintaining student health records
    • Reporting Mandated Requirements:  
      • Infectious Disease Reporting
      • Child Abuse and Maltreatment Reporting
      • Vermont Annual Immunization Reporting
      • Vermont Annual School Nurse Report on Asthma, Insurance, and Well Care Visits, Dental Exams
      • Screening as required by law
    • Ensuring that all mandated screenings are completed; including rescreening and referring those with validated failure results.
    • Promoting and providing education around health topics/issues.
    • Assisting students and families in management of chronic illnesses.
    • Reviewing and maintaining students’ immunization records for school entry and attendance requirements.
      • Assisting families with accessing immunizations and healthcare.
    • Providing injury and first aid care.
    • Dispensing medication according to Standards of Practice: School Health Services Manual and SBSD Medication Administration Procedures.
    • Participating as a team member to the school’s interdisciplinary team to maximize learning and wellness in a healthy, safe environment.
    • Providing leadership for the provision of school health services.
    • Carrying out health appraisals and referring students, to the medical home or to specialists, for unmet needs.
    • Ensuring that updated health information on students is collected annually.
    • Developing procedures and protocols related to health services.