Healthy, Safe, Ready to Learn
Welcome to the Health Services Department, where caring for students is our number one priority.
Health services in the Thompson School District are aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to provide evidence-based, clinically-competent, quality care. Our nurses recognize that each student has unique health and safety needs that require an integrated, collaborative approach to address barriers and supports related to learning and health.
School health offices are staffed by highly-trained health assistants who are trained and supervised by school nurses. School nurses are regularly scheduled at multiple school sites and partner with parents and health care providers to design and implement the health services provided to all students.
Essential School Health Services Provided by School Nurses to All Thompson School District Students:
- Ensure mandated school health services in the educational environment
- Identify students with health needs requiring modifications or accommodations in the school setting or during school sponsored events and activities
- Obtain and interpret student health data in child find roles, for IEP assessments and 504 accommodation plans
- Participate as the health expert for Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and special education and 504 teams by mitigating health related obstacles to learning
- Develop and implement Individual Health Services Plans for students with health care needs
- Provide for the administration of medication and nursing procedures Ensure safe delegation to unlicensed assistive personnel by adhering to the provisions of the Colorado Nurse Practice Act
- Assure the provision of first aid and provide triage for physical, oral, and mental health issues
- Implement health screening programs and facilitate needed follow‐up i.e. screening of hearing and vision and screening for contagious diseases/conditions such as flu or head lice then connecting families to resources for required care
- Assure student health information is protected in accordance with Family Educational Right to Privacy Act
- Assess and support the health of the school community i.e. immunization program compliance, AED program, concussion management procedures etc.
- Monitor trends related to student health issues such as absenteeism, mental, physical and oral health
- Monitor student accident/incident reports
- Provide screening and intervention for identified student health concerns
- Utilize surveillance and screening data to implement health services programs and initiatives
- Partner with Coordinated School Health programs to assess student health risk behaviors and protective factors
- Communicate health and wellness issues to school and community
- Advocate for the physical and emotional safety of the school community
- Provide education and serve as a resource regarding child protection issues
- Promote a safe and drug free school environment
- Initiate prevention measures based on assessment of high‐risk behaviors
(adapted from: www.cde.state.co.us/healthandwellness/2015essentialschoolhealthservices)