October 25, 2016
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The District Nurses are California licensed Registered Nurses with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and a California Health Services Credential.

The California Educational Code (CEC) 49426, defines the school nurse as health professionals that, "strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children and by indentification and assistance in the removal or modification of helath-related barriers to learning in individual children. The major focus of school health services is the prevention of illness and disability, and the early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse is especially prepared and uniquely qualified in preventive health, health assessment, and referral procedures."

Some of the functions of the district nurses include:

  • Assuring immunization status of every pupil is in compliance with the law.
  • Conducting the state mandated vision, color vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings.
  • Assessing, evaluating and interpreting the health and developmental status of pupils to identify specific physical disorders and other factors relating to the learning process, communicating with primary care providers, and contribuing significant information to best accommodate the pupils' educational plans.
  • Interpreting the the health and developmental assessment to parents, teachers, administrators, and other professionals directly concerned with the pupil.
  • Designing and implementing a health maintenance plan to meet the individual health needs of students, incorporating plans directed by a physician.
  • Referring the pupil and his/her parent/guardian to appropriate communtiy resouces for necessary services.
  • Maintaining communication with parents/guardians and all involved community practitioners and agencies to promote needed treatment and secure reports of findings pertinent to educational planning.
  • Consulting with, conducting in-service training to, and serving as a resource person to teachers and administrations, and act as a participant in implementing any section(s) of a comprehensive health instruction curiculum for students by providing scientific information regarding nutrition, preventative dentistry, mental health, genetics, prevetion of communicable diseases, self-health care, consumer education, and other areas of health.



The Health Service Assistants are certified in CPR and First Aid. Each school has a Health Service Assistant working in the health office a minimum of 3 hours a day. They are able to provide basic first aid treament to students, and act as a liason between the school and the district nurse.  

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