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Policies » Section J: Students » JLC: Student Health Services

Policy Date: 11/10/2008

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The Board may appoint a school nurse to function in the school health program and to provide school health services. A school nurse shall be a registered professional nurse licensed in New Hampshire. The Board may employ or contract with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) to work under the direct supervision of the school Registered Nurse (RN).

Responsibilities of the school nurse include, but are not limited to: providing direct health care to students and staff; providing leadership for the provision of health services; promoting a healthy school environment; promoting health; serving in a leadership role for health policies and programs; and serving as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and health care providers. Additionally, the school nurse is responsible for developing procedures to address and meet special physical health needs of students. Such procedures may be developed and implemented on a case-by-case basis.

All injuries or illnesses occurring during the school day are to be reported to the school nurse or the building principal. Students attending school during the extended day, night, or summer school programs, or any other time when the school nurse is not in the building, are to report to the supervising adult. The school nurse, principal or designee will notify parents/guardians before a student who is injured or ill is permitted to go home. Students will not be allowed to leave school without first notifying either the school nurse or principal of his/her injury or illness. Additionally, parent/guardian notification and authorization is necessary before any student will be released from school due to injury or illness.

Emergency medical care will be provided pursuant to the guidelines of Board Policy EBBC/JLCE.

Any pupil who is required to take prescribed medication during the school day will do so consistent with the provisions of Department of Education Rule 311.02.

In addition to the provisions of this policy, the school nurse is responsible for the oversight of other school services, including but not limited to: assessing and responding to student health needs, maintaining accurate health records, screening for vision, hearing and BMI according to national recommendations, participating on 504 and IEP teams (if requested), health promotion, disease and injury prevention initiatives, student wellness, and other responsibilities and services as dictated by law or Board policy.

Legal References: RSA 200:27, RSA 200:29, RSA 200:31,RSA 326-B, NH Admin Rules, Sec. Ed 306.12(b), and Sec. Ed 311

Adopted: October 23, 2001
Adopted: March 8, 2004
Adopted: May 24, 2005 and
Revised: November 10, 2008