EXPANDING ON THE SCHOOL’S HEALTH PLAN
1. Primary Health Care
The school nurse in West Hartford has traditionally assured access to primary health care by developing and maintaining links with community agencies. The school nurse has information regarding the Husky Health Plan for families that do not have insurance.
2. Crisis Medical Situations
The school nurse in West Hartford develops a system of efficient and expert handling of emergency and crisis medical situations. The nurses work with an Emergency Response Team within the school building to develop a plan of action for emergency medical situations.
3. Mandated Health Assessments and Immunizations
In accordance with Connecticut State Law and Town of West Hartford policy, a health assessment is required prior to public school enrollment, and in grades 3, 6, and 10. A physical examination includes hematocrit or hemoglobin tests, height, weight and blood pressure, and updating of immunizations as recommended, vision, hearing, speech and gross dental screenings. The assessment shall also include tests for tuberculosis, sickle cell anemia, Cooley’s anemia and tests for lead levels in the blood if such tests are necessary. The health assessment information must be on the State of Connecticut Department of Education Health Assessment Record.
- DTP: at least 4 doses with the last dose given after the 4th birthday
- A booster is recommended after 10 years
- Polio: at least 4 doses with the last dose given after the 4th birthday
- MR.: 2 doses
- HepB: 3 doses
- Varicella vaccine :
- For students <13 years of age, 1 dose on or after 1st birthday For students 13 years of age or older, 2 doses given at least 4 weeks apart or
- Varicella Disease: Confirmation in writing by a MD that a child has previous history of the disease
NEW STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
Students entering West Hartford schools from another state or country must have a physical dated within 1 year of entry into West Hartford Schools and recorded on the blue state of CT. Health Assessment Record form. If the student is from another country, the physical and immunization information must be completed by a CT licensed health care provider.
Students entering West Hartford schools from another country must also have a PPD test for tuberculosis.
Information on clinics and the Health Department may be obtained from the school nurse.
4. Identification and solution of students’ health and education problems
The school nurse in West Hartford is considered a member of the child’s education team. She participates in Strategy meetings, PPT meetings, develops Nursing Care Plans for children with health needs, administers medications and performs specialized health care procedures as ordered by the child’s health care provider.
5. Comprehensive and appropriate health education
The school nurse in West Hartford acts as a resource person for the classroom staff who teach health topics. The nurse may be invited to present information to the class on health and wellness topics. The school nurse does individual health education for children with identified medical conditions. This may include the proper use of prescribed medications, and identification of signs and symptoms to report to their health care provider. The nurse consults as needed with classroom staff so they can be knowledgeable about a child’s specific needs.
6. Provides safe and healthful school environment
The school nurse in West Hartford provides care for children who may become ill or injured at school. The nurse monitors trends to identify areas that pose risk of injury or illness to students. The nurse maintains communication with the family of students to assure students maintain optimal health status. School nurses are members of the Health and Safety Committee.
7. Provide a system of evaluation of effectiveness of school health program
In West Hartford the school nurse maintains accurate records of care given. The nurse works on an on going system of evaluating the effectiveness of the health care program.