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School nurses are an integral part of education and work to reduce and eliminate health related barriers to the education process for students. They promote health and safety, intervene with actual and potential health problems, provide case management services, and coordinate communication with family, appropriate school staff and the medical home or private healthcare provider.
School Nursing services include, but are not limited to:
- Individual health care needs assessments for students and staff members
- Health care plan development, revision and evaluation including Emergency Action Plans, Individual Health Care Plans and health related components of Individual Education Programs
- Direct provision of nursing health care services
- School staff instruction and supervision in provision of care for students with special health care needs
- Instruction and oversight for medication administration processes in schools
- Emergency and injury care, planning and training
- Communicable disease control and outbreak response in schools
- Assessment of school community health and safety issues
- Student screening for conditions that impact access to education, such as vision screening
- Member and resource for student assistance teams that develop health related student accommodations
- Health related community resource liaison for schools
MAHEC School Nurses:
School nurses are assigned to at least two schools. They are present at a school on the average 2 and 1/2 days per week. At times they are working as a team to provide services to large groups of students. A school nurse is always available by phone for each school.
Immunizations and Health Assessments Required for School Attendance:
North Carolina Law (NCGS 130A) requires children to be vaccinated for certain diseases before entering school. A certification of immunizations and a Health Assessment for any student new to North Carolina Schools must be brought to the school within 30 calendar days of enrollment or the student is excluded from school until such time as they are presented. Physicians have access to required forms. Be sure to ask for both NC Health Assessment and a Sports Physical at the same time if your student is to be involved in sports.
Please refer to the NC Immunization Branch for specific vaccine requirements: www.immunize.nc.gov/family/nc_immnz_requirements.htm
Immunization Schedule: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html
News and Updates Regarding Immunizations: www.immunize.nc.gov/
Buncombe County Dept. of Health Immunizations: www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/Health/Immunizations.aspx