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.
New School Clinics and Medication Guidelines 2017-2018
- ALL Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications that need to be administered at school need physicians order or script. C.C.S.D. was offered guidance from Department of Health. D.O.H. oversees ALL the health rooms (clinics) in Florida.
- Over-The-Counter medications may be given at school with a completed Parent Authorization for Administration of Medication Form (PAAM) which includes the parent/guardian signature and healthcare provider’s signature with written prescription/order authorizing the administration of the medication. If instructions for the administration of the OTC medication are in hospital discharge paperwork or written on the medical management plan, this is acceptable and a signature on the PAAM, by the healthcare provider is not needed. They must be delivered to school by parent in original container, be age appropriate, and be within current expiration date.
- Each child (including sibling’s) receiving medication, including OTC medication, should have their own supply of medication, as prescribed by the health care provider.
- Cough Drops may be administered in school with completed PAAM Form with only the parent authorization. This medication must be kept in the health room.
- Chap Stick can be carried by a student with no PAAM.
- A student may carry and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event or activity without a physician’s note or prescription if the product is regulated by the F.D.A.
- If the student will be carrying and self-administering, then PAAM form is not required or If parent requests for nurse to apply, then the PAAM is required to be completed with only the parent authorization.
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