At each CISD campus, a comprehensive school health program is coordinated by a Registered School Nurse (RN). The department is led by the Coordinator of Health Services and falls under the administrative umbrella of the Director of Staff and Student Services.
By providing health appraisals, periodic health screenings, community referrals, and health education and counseling, school nurses enhance health within the school and the entire community. The RN identifies health problems that may affect educational achievement and develops an individualized plan of care for students with chronic conditions. Through careful monitoring of student health needs, the RN is instrumental in helping to provide a safe and positive educational experience for all students.
To ensure the excellence of our school health program, the CISD Health Services Department adopted the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice (National Association of School Nurses, 2015). The framework provides a structure and focuses on the critical school nursing principles of Care Coordination, Leadership, Quality Improvement, Community/Public Health, and Standards of Practice. The department also strives to align its practices with the components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach to health and learning developed by the ASCD and CDC.