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Student Health Services

Healthy Children Learn Better.....School Nurses Make it Happen

Welcome to Student Health Services. Richland School District School Nurses and Health Aides provide numerous health related services for District students. School Nurses supervise health room activities; maintain district compliance for state mandated vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings and immunization documentation; oversee student health issues and develop individual health care plans; provide health information for students, parents, and staff; and oversee medication administration.

General Health Guidelines

Student Health Services suggests the following to help insure good health:
  1. Begin your child's day early enough to make time for:
    • washing, dressing, hair combing, tooth brushing
    • an unhurried and adequate breakfast
    • walking to bus stop or school.
  2. Send your child to school happy.
  3. Visit the dentist at least once a year.
  4. Obtain prompt medical treatment for illness or injury.
  5. Obtain required immunizations and keep records of these.
  6. Bedtime should:
    • include bathing or washing and tooth brushing.
    • provide 11 to 12 hours of sleep for children in kindergarten through 2, 8 to 10 hours of sleep for children in grades 3-12.
  7. Give the school your current home, work, cell, and emergency phone numbers in case your child becomes ill or is injured during school time. Update the numbers when they change.
  8. Illness -- Parents can often sense when their child is "coming down with something." By attending to the subtle signs that mark the onset of an illness, you are practicing preventive care measures to protect the health of your child as well as others. Keep children home, as needed, if they have:
    • An earache or severe headache
    • Fever (oral temperature 100 degrees or more)
    • Sore throat or swollen glands
    • Coughing, chilling or runny nose
    • Skin rash or sores
    • Inflammation of the eyes
    • Nausea, vomiting or other stomach flu symptoms
    • Pain, swelling of any kind
    • Communicable disease.
    A child can return to school when symptoms have subsided and his or her temperature remains normal for 24 hours. It is important that the school nurse be informed about your child's allergies, handicapping conditions or serious illness that might need attention or that might affect your child's performance at school. If needed, the school nurse will develop a health care plan with input from parents. The care plan will provide written instructions to school personnel for responding to your child's needs.