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 CSH-Logo-jpgadaptation, 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.

Diane Copas, RN, BSN
School Health Services Director
Sullivan County Department of Education

Shanan Smith
Coordinated School Health

Coordinated School Health (CSH) is an effective system designed to connect health (physical, emotional, and social) with education. This coordinated approach improves students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working together.tn_logo_small Our goal in Sullivan County is to implement programs that will make the students in our area healthier as well as help to impact their lives for the better. We are striving to turn around the growing trend of inactivity among our youth and in doing so create a lifestyle which promotes physical activity and healthy eating habits. Our aim is to decrease the growing numbers of preventable diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension, which are increasing drastically among our students across the nation. The Office of Coordinated School Health works with many partners to address school health priorities, including parents, teachers, administrators, and businesses throughout the community.  We intend to make this a program that impacts our students and in doing so will reach out to our community. Through this program we will be able to create an environment where students will have the opportunity to excel in school as they reach a healthier lifestyle.  We are very excited about the future and possibilities of this program.

Is Your Child Too Sick for School?

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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.


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
Phone:  423-354-1000
Fax:  423-354-1004