For parents and caregivers, getting ready for school each day means more than making sure kids have their backpacks, lunches and homework.
It’s also important to make sure the kids have their required immunizations, allergy shots, health physicals and dental checkups.
Good health is important because it will help children perform at their highest levels.
The school nurses can be partners in the process.
In addition to caring for sick children, school nurses throughout the year perform screenings such as vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings. Nurses—and teachers—also are constantly on the lookout for issues that may create barriers to learning, such as malnutrition, poverty and domestic abuse. They both work closely with CHILL mental health counselors on these issues.
In addition, nurses dispense medications. Parents and guardians need to remember to complete the Orange County Public Schools Medication Authorization forms for all student prescription- and over-the-counter medications, including inhalers. You can pick them up at the nurses’ offices.
Although many students already have a medical home, those who don’t, possibly because of a lack of health care insurance, can get help from the nurse practitioners who are based at Glenridge Middle School. These advanced-degree nurses are able to perform additional medical services such as immunizations, medical treatments and physicals and they are able to write prescriptions. Appointments are required.
For more information about these programs, please see the School Nurses and School-Based Health Centers sections under “About CYI.”