Child boarding a school bus with heavy backpack
  • Caution heavy back packs may be hazardous to a child's health

    In 2016, the Alabama Legislators passed the Backpack Law.  This is  a law that schools must alert parents to the potential dangers to children who carry heavy back packs daily.  The law is to promote awareness and to suggest rolling back packs as an alternative .  Link to Backpack Law

     

     

Nurse and Student in First Aid
no peanut sign
  • Peanut Allergies and Anaphylaxis 


    Please don't make your school nurse "Go Nuts" 

     

    Peanut and tree nuts are a common food allergy for many children.  We have several children at both the High School and the Elementary School that have allergies to peanuts and tree nuts.  These allergies can sometimes be severe and life threatening leading to a condition called Anaphylaxis.   Please help us keep our children and young people safe at school. Don't send peanuts or peanut products to school with your child.  Remind younger children not to share food. If your child has a food allergy teach them to be aware.  

    Sunbutter is a nutritious alternative to peanut butter made with sunflower seeds and doesn't seem to have the same allergic potential.  So you might want to try that, if you want to send a nut butter sandwich to school.  

     

  • Five ways a School Nurse Benefits the School

     Attendance 

    School nurses improve attendance through health promotion, disease prevention and disease management.
    Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the student illness or injury-related early releases from school where no school nurse is present

    Academics 

    School Nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to reducing drop-out rates.

    Time

    School nurses save time for principals, teachers and staff.
    A school nurse in the building saves principals, teachers, and clerical staff a considerable amount of time that they would have spent addressing health concerns of students. A school nurse in the building saves:
    Principals almost an hour a day
    Teachers almost 20 minutes a day
    Clerical staff over 45 minutes a day

    Staff Wellness

    School nurses improve the general health of staff. According to school reports, principals, teachers, and clerical staff are VERY satisfied with having school nurses in their schools for several reasons:
    Teachers can focus on teaching
    Office staff spend less time calling parents and sending students home
    Healthy staff means increased attendance and productivity

    Accountability

    Promoting compliance with federal and state law mitigates lawsuits
    Advocating for adequate staffing aligns with Healthy People 2020 recommendations of the ratio of one school nurse per 750 well students (1:750)
    Preparing for emergencies saves lives and property
    Addressing student mental health links to academic achievement
    School nurses are instrumental in the identification and referral to community resources for health risks and are often the only health professional who see students on a regular basis.
     

    School Nurse Responsibilities: 

    Significantly decreasing the amount of days missed due to asthma, the leading cause of school absenteeism, accounting for more than 14 million missed days annually.  Managing students with chronic conditions such as diabetes and seizures to allow them to stay in class Identifying and treating accidents and injuries
    Counseling students about physical and emotional issues
     

    Healthy Children = Academic Success
    *www.nasn.org

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