All OSSU schools have a process for appraising the physical and mental health of the students and a process for providing health counseling and resources for treatment and services to students and their parents/ caregivers. We have established a system/protocol for maintaining current Annual Health Update and Emergency forms for all students and provide all required immunization data prior to or on the day of student entry to classes.
- We encourage families to contact the School Nurse for questions.
- Children who have a dentist are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. Referral by the primary care physician or health provider has been recommended, based on risk assessment, as early as six months of age and no later than 12 months of age. The dental home is the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.
- We seek out eligible children and inform them and their parents or guardians about the benefits of prevention, and of the health services and assistance available to them.
-School nurses are systematically assessing students for risk factors that may interfere with learning and refer if needed; nurses are working collaboratively with medical and dental home providers and help children and their families use health care resources effectively and efficiently.They assure that health problems found are diagnosed and treated early, that needed services are provided in a timely and efficient manner, and that duplicative and unnecessary services are avoided.
- School nurses develop individual healthcare plans, based on health appraisal of the student along with the family/caregivers and the medical home if student has chronic health conditions that may impact learning, e.g. asthma, life-threatening allergies, asthma, seizures, and re-evaluate the care plan on a regular basis. The OSSU nurses recommend American Academy of Pediatrics, Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision for Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd edition, has recommendations for annual comprehensive well-care visits to the medical home (primary care provider), for all school-age children. https://brightfutures.aap.org/