The mission of the Sullivan County School Health Services Department is to enhance the learning potential of every student in the Sullivan County School System by advocating wellness, collaborate with education departments to improve and teach healthy habits and facilitate the resolution of health concerns, which create barriers to learning. Sullivan County Department of Education provides 22 part-time and 3 substitute (6 hours per school day) school nurses on each campus to ensure students have access to a medical professional. The Definition of School Nursing: School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning (NASN, 2010).
The primary goals of the school health program are to:
- Facilitate access to primary health care
- Assist with mandated health screening and referrals
- Provide immunization monitoring
- Provide a process for the identification and resolution of students health needs that affect their education
- Promote prevention and early intervention
- Provide acute, chronic, episodic, and emergency health care
- Provide health education and health counseling
- Collaborate with parents, community agencies, and the medical community
The purpose of school nursing is to enhance the educational process by maximizing the health and well-being of school-aged children and adolescents physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. The school nurse accomplishes this through the modification and/or removal of health-related barriers to learning and through the promotion of an optimum level of wellness. School nurses provide services to students 3 through 21 years of age in general and special education settings. The school nurse functions as the medical professional on campus. School nurses are the pivotal component in the continuity of care through the coordination, planning, delivery and assessment of school health services.
Student Medication Policy & Health Forms
Medications should only be taken at school when the student’s health requires that they be given during school hours. All over-the-counter medication must be brought to school by parent/guardian in the original, unopened container, labeled with the student’s name. All prescription medication must be in its’ original pharmacy-labeled container. Medication will not be sent home on the bus and cannot be sent to school on the bus. Parent/guardian is responsible for delivering and removing any and all medication from the school campus. No exceptions to this policy will be allowed.
NO MEDICATIONS WILL BE DISPENSED UNTIL ALL FORMS ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE AND SIGNED.
School Narcotics Policy: Click here to download/view
Medication Permission Form: Click here to download/view
Sullivan County Department of Education
154 Blountville Bypass
P.O. Box 306
Blountville, TN 37617