The Department of Health Services believes that students are accepted without judgment of biological, socio-economic, political, cultural, religious, and emotional status. The school health program provides assistance in identifying barriers that may hinder the student's educational process and professional care for the ill or injured student while at school. It is the belief that the student's health care is primarily the responsibility of the parents. School nurses support the parents' efforts by serving as advocates for the student in health-related issues, and as liaisons between the student, school, home, and community.
To promote, protect, maintain and improve student, staff and community health to its optimal level. The program ensures a safe and healthy environment that is conducive to learning. Professional nursing care is provided for the individual who becomes ill or injured while attending school. Essential functions of school health services include health screenings, referrals to parents and follow-up, networking with other community providers, health promotion, injury and disease prevention. The School Nurse works with students, parents, educators and community resources to help students advance through the various stages of life. The school health program is not a substitute for health care that parents should provide for their children. This program is established to encourage individuals to use the services of health care professions and/or community health agencies.