School Health Program
Russell County School District's School Health Program functions to foster academic achievement in a safe, healthy, and nourishing environment. The program serves to:
- Promote health and wellness
- Prevention of specific disease, disorders, and injury
- Assist students in need of health related services
- Assist students at risk for health related issues
- Manage and support students with special health care needs
- Promote positive health and safety behaviors
Health services offered in the school setting include:
- Health screenings
- Monitoring for the presence of communicable diseases and conditions
- Ensuring compliance with immunization laws
- Provision of routine and/or specialized health services and procedures
- Medication administration for students diagnosed with a chronic or emergency condition
- Case management
- Health supervision
Chronic and life-long conditions such as asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, seizures, obesity, and mental health/behavioral issues can impact the students ability to attend school and learn.
School health services focus on promotion of health and wellness, prevention of disease, and daily management of diagnosed chronic conditions as mandated by state and federal laws.
School nurses provide disease surveillance, monitor immunization compliance, and work in collaboration with community and public health agencies.
Medication AdministrationStudents that require medications during school hours must have a completed School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization form (PPA) along with the medication in its original container. A parent/guardian must deliver all medications to the school nurse. Call controlled substances are to be signed in and counted by an parent/guardian with the school nurse. Self medication is allowed only with specific medications. A PPA and Self-Medication Authorization form must be completed.