Healthy Students Are Better Learners
Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Research has shown that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive effect on academic performance.
As a team the guidance, health and wellness and nursing departments work closely to develop and provide educational programs, resources, supports and evidence based healthcare services.
The mission of the Nursing Services Department is to promote, protect, advocate and improve the health status of all students, thus enabling each student to develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
In support of our mission, we are committed to the following beliefs:
- Optimizing the health of the Braintree Public School Community is our primary objective.
- All students will be encouraged and assisted to reach their maximum health potential so that he/she may attain high standards of achievement to learn and grow.
- Parents, in partnership with school health services, are an integral part of their child’s health including the identification of health concerns, the development of individual health care plans, and the coordination of services between home, school and community.
- Students and staff should maintain optimal health and wellness through the provision of direct nursing care, preventative health education and counseling/referral services.
- All students should acquire the knowledge, skill and motivation necessary to achieve and maintain lifelong optimal health and wellness.
Braintree Public School nurses are essential members of the educational team responsible for promoting, protecting and improving the health status of all students. The unique role of the school nurse is to provide professional health care by coordinating services between home, school and community. The school nurse assists in maximizing each child’s potential to learn and grow by providing the best possible health care. Health care provided includes: identifying health problems; preventative health measures; maintaining and promoting health and learning; promoting healthy lifestyles in students, families and staff; acute and emergency care; health counseling; mandated screenings; immunization monitoring and adherence to state regulations; medication administration and evaluation; comprehensive and appropriate health education to students, parents and staff; skilled nursing care and management of children with special health care needs; individual health care planning; school nurse and parent conferences; health input to special education meetings; review and interpretation of medical and health records. Braintree Public School nurses have the professional education and expertise to function successfully in the complex system of education and health.
An individual health record is kept on file for each student throughout his or her school career. This record includes a health history, immunizations, and physical exams, screening results, health office visits and medication administration logs. Parents are asked to communicate directly with the school nurse about student health concerns, medical reports and/or issues. Student health records are strictly confidential and information will only be shared with other staff members with the expressed permission of the parents.
When a student has a specialized medical need or diagnosis which must be assessed, managed, and monitored during school, such as asthma, a life threatening allergy, or diabetes, the nurse in collaboration with the parent will make an IHCP. This plan is based on the student’s individual need, medical history, and physician’s order. The IHCP is then reviewed, signed by the nurse, parent and physician (when necessary) and then shared with appropriate staff to ensure optimal integration of the student’s health needs into the school setting. In some instances, an emergency medical plan is also developed to expedite identification and treatment of a student with a life-threatening diagnosis.
- If your child becomes ill while at school, every attempt will be made to contact a parent to make arrangements to take the child home.
- Injuries at school, if severe, will be handled as an emergency situation and local EMS will be called to take your child to the most appropriate receiving hospital. Parents will be notified immediately if an ambulance is called.
- If your child needs to be excused from physical education class, notification in writing is mandatory from both parent and physician. Written documentation is required for return to physical education class as well.
- Parents are expected to keep emergency contact numbers up to date. If the information for yourself or other emergency contacts changes, please notify the school nurse immediately.
Nurse as Educator
The school nurse teaches individual students, parents and staff about health and wellness issues and strives to promote an understanding of student health needs. At the elementary level, school nurses do formal classroom teaching on hand washing, dental health, hygiene and growth and development to name a few. At the secondary level, the school nurse works in collaboration with the health teacher to provide information and assist in presentations based on the needs of the student population.