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Decatur City Schools
Decatur City Schools employs both Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Our nurses make up only a portion of the health care team. Principals, teachers, aides, office staff, parents, doctors, and volunteers complete the health care team. Working together, our team services the health needs of students during regular school hours, monitors the entire student population, as a whole, and provides individualized health care to each student on a case by case basis.
Many students come to school with various health needs that may interfere with their ability to learn and reach their full potential. Infections, injuries, asthma, diabetes, allergies, and emotional difficulties related to these health conditions may lead to absences from school and, in some cases, academic failure if left unattended or not addressed properly. The school nurse is a committed and proactive partner in ensuring that students have a safe environment, are healthy, and prepared to learn.
School nurses promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family ability for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
"You cannot educate an unhealthy child, and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy."
-- Jocelyn Elders, M.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States of America.
School Nurses provide student screenings for:
- Common Infectious Diseases
School Nurses provide staff training for:
- Medication Administration
- CPR / First Aid
- AED (Automatic External Defibrillators)
- Communicable Diseases
- Universal Precautions
- Dental Health
- Hand washing / Universal Precautions
- Food Allergy Awareness
- Puberty / HIV / AIDS
- Other health related topics for specific grade levels
School nurses also respond to all health related emergencies, should they occur, and provide appropriate and coordinated care in collaboration with Decatur Fire Dept, Decatur Police Dept, local hospital emergency rooms, and local EMS (emergency medical services).
DISCLAIMER: Decatur City School nurses do not take the place of a doctor. None of the information provided on this website is meant to replace a doctor. Every student should have their own health care provider. The information on this website is meant for informational purposes only. Decatur City Schools, its staff, teachers, and nurses are not responsible for anyone who does not follow the advice of their own physician or health care provider.