Student Services: Health Services
The mission of Florida's School Health Services Program is to appraise, protect and promote the health of students. Preventive and emergency school-based health services are provided to public school children in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Services are provided in accordance with a local School Health Services Plan jointly developed by the county health department, school district and School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). With the increasing number of medically complex students, this cooperative effort becomes more vital. Parents have the primary responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of their children, but school nurses play a critical role in ensuring that all children experience a safe and stable learning environment. According to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the role of the school nurse is to advance the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement of students. School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential problems; and actively collaborate with others to build students’ and their families’ capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning. Every child deserves a school nurse.