Health services are provided and/or supervised by school health nurses to appraise, protect, and promote the health of students. These services include assessment, planning, coordination of services and direct care for all children, including those with special health care needs. Health services are designed and coordinated with community health care professionals to ensure early intervention, access and referral to primary health care services; foster appropriate use of primary health care services; prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems; provide emergency care for student and staff illness or injury; provide daily and continuous services for children with special health care needs; promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment; and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family and community health. Qualified professionals such as school health nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, health educators, registered dietitians, school counselors, and allied health personnel including speech therapists and occupational or physical therapists provide these services.
COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTH - HEALTH SCREENINGS
One of the primary functions of Coordinated School Health (CSH) is to address health related barriers to learning for Sumner County students. As part of the state-mandated health screening process, CSH performs vision, hearing, blood pressure, and BMI screenings for all students in grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8, as well as high school wellness classes. This screening is not a diagnosis and should not be considered a medical examination. It is advised that the student receive regular wellness check-ups with his/her pediatrician as deemed necessary.
- Hearing Screenings
If a student fails a hearing screening, a 2nd screening is performed on the same day. If they fail the 2nd screening, they are tested by the school's Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). If they fail the 3rd level screening, the SLP will contact the parents recommending that the student receive a more complete examination by a family doctor or ear specialist.
- Vision Screenings
If a student fails a vision exam, a vision referral letter is mailed home to the parent recommending that the student receive a more complete examination by their family doctor or vision specialist. A list of local providers is included in the letter, as well as information for those who need assistance with the cost of an exam or corrective lenses.
- Blood Pressure Screenings
If a student's BP is beyond the 95th percentile for their age, they are sent to the school nurse for two rescreens. If the average of the BP results is still beyond the 95th percentile, the school nurse will contact the parent with a recommendation to see their health care provider.
Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. But if it stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart and lead to health problems.
- BMI (Height and Weight) Screenings
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. For children and teens, BMI is age- and sex-specific and is often referred to as BMI-for-age. According to the CDC, a high amount of body fat in children can lead to weight-related diseases and other health issues. Being underweight can also put one at risk for health issues.
For children and teens, BMI is not a diagnostic tool and is used to screen for potential weight and health-related issues
Student Health Report Card
Parents of students who participate in the Sumner County Schools Health Screenings will receive a Student Health Report Card with the reults of that screening by mail.