DeKalb School District Health Services provides a broad range of services as a supplement to care provided by parents through the medical community.Health Services in the Nurse’s office is overseen by a certified school nurse and is open to students and staff. The office provides general health care services and counseling, including emergency first aid, health assessment, vision, hearing screening, health record compliance,blood pressure monitoring, concussion monitoring, elevator keys, and PE medical excuses.
Starting with the 2016-2017 school year we have modified our service delivery model. The Certified School Nurse (CSN) is a member of the special education team and often the case manager for 504 plans. The CSN works most directly with case managing and working with special education students. The CSN is at multiple schools to serve on the special education teams. We now have Registered Nurses (RNs) who also are assigned to every school, some serving more than one school. The RN oversees the daily needs of the school building and makes sure that the school’s paperwork such as physicals, immunizations and healthcare plans are up to date, and performs the daily nursing procedures. Our Health Assistants (HA) are the valuable and stable faces of our health offices. They are each assigned to one school and build
strong rapport with the students and staff. They are often the first person your child will see when they come to the health office. The Health Assistant will provide basic first aid to your child, consult with the RN as needed, help with gathering and entering medical documentation and supervising medication administration.
Except in the case of an emergency or obvious illness, a student must have a timed pass from his current period teacher before coming to Health Services. Students who are ill and need to go home must go through the health office.. A student with a special health need (e.g., asthma, diabetes, migraines, seizure disorders, severe allergic reactions, perceptual defects, personal problems or daily medications) should be made known to Health Services prior to the student entering school. To provide for safe daily care and emergency procedures, such health information gathered from the family and health records will be sensitively shared with faculty and staff members with whom the student has contact.
If a student requires any prescription or nonprescription medication, including Tylenol or ibuprofen, during the school day, a Medication Authorization Form must be completed by a physician and parent or guardian. This form must be completed annually.