Healthy children are optimal learners. The District Health Services staff works with students, families, staff and the community to ensure that children's health needs are met so that they can attend school and be healthy and ready to learn. Student services include a variety of supports for students to help eliminate any barriers to learning that a student may encounter over the course of their pre-kindergarten to 12th grade education. These supports are for both students and families and include services provided in collaboration with community agencies.
The occurrence of health conditions affecting our students is similar to occurrences nationwide. The District has students with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, genetic syndromes, immune disorders, heart problems, asthma, other respiratory problems, seizures, severe food allergies, ADHD, etc. Mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse also affect an increasing number of students.
The District employs a Health Services Coordinator, seven full-time school nurses and one part-time school nurse who provide nursing coverage to all buildings and off-site programs. The buildings are divided between the nurses so that the nurse can be a member of the building team and provide continuity of services to students. Building secretaries and health paraeducators administer medications and provide first aid to students. One-on-one health paraeducators provide direct care to students with more severe health conditions and physical limitations. The nurses provide staff training and ongoing supervision of all staff delivering health services. They provide mandated staff trainings, such as medication administration, bloodborne pathogen and mandatory child abuse reporter training. The nurses respond to emergency situations in buildings and provide advanced first aid. The nurses also provide direct nursing care to specific students, care coordination, health record maintenance, and health promotion across the District. A substitute nurse assist the full-time nurses in provision of services. Health Services staff are involved in community and county collaborative efforts related to the health of our students and families.
The District also employs two certified athletic trainers who oversee and provide athletic trainer services to junior and high school athletes and coaches. Students from the University of Iowa athletic trainer program complete clinical rotations in the high schools under the direction of the athletic trainers.
Healthy Kids School-based Health Clinics are an extension of the traditional health services provided in the district. The Clinic is a community collaboration that provides free health care services, including physical health, mental health, dental and vision care, to uninsured and underinsured children in Johnson County. Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinics
If you have any questions about health services, or would like more information, please contact:
Susie Poulton, RN, MSN, ARNP
Health Services Coordinator