Nursing Services supports the District's initiatives of Choice, World-Class Education and System Performance by providing for the needs of students, with emphasis on those with health challenges, so that all students have an equal opportunity to fulfill these priorities.
The current enrollment for The Douglas County School District is just over 67,000 students. More than half of our students claim at least one health condition on their student record.
School Nurse Consultant Role in Schools School Nurse Consultants manage students with significant health concerns at individual schools, including elementary, secondary, charter, preschools, before and after child care programs, summer sessions and ChildFind. The goal of the School Nurse Consultant is to work closely with parents, health care providers, school staff and others to coordinate the health care of the student. School Nurse Consultants also provide direct services as needed by training and delegating to personnel working with students identified as having complex medical needs.
Collaboration with Special Education School Nurse Consultants are an integral part of the Special Education Team and are responsible for a portion of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that pertains to the students' health. The School Nurse Consultant attends school team meetings and IEP meetings of students with complex health issues to insure the implementation of necessary accommodations for students. This includes the responsibility for students needing individual health care plans (HCPs) and 504 plans written in accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act for a medical reason.
Most schools have an identified person, called the Health Assistant, who carries out the medical duties for a limited time during the day. Other office staff members help fill this role in the absence of the Health Assistant. The Nursing Services provides oversight of the Health Assistants and other school personnel who are available to respond to the immediate health needs of students.
Typically, Health Assistants and other office staff members are not medical professionals. School Nurse Consultants provide general training and safety plans involving first aid training and the care of sick children who come to the classroom teacher or office staff with a health need. The office staff is also supplied with a Health Guidelines Manual that specifies actions for a variety of medical situations.
Homebound education is a temporary programming option for all K-12 students who may be unable to leave
their home environment due to severe physical or psychological reasons and may be unable to participate in
activities outside of their home environment, except for health/medical appointments. The ultimate purpose of
the Homebound education program is to prevent interruption in the student's participation in academic
curriculum while they are unable to attend a brick and mortar school. Homebound education is personalized for
each student and a plan will be developed by all involved stakeholders. Click here for more information.