Department of School Health
Lisa Whitlock BSN RN NCSN
Director of School Health
4781 Hereford Farm Road
Evans GA 30809
Georgia Department of Public Health Announcement for new school entry requirement:
Before starting the 2020-2021 school year, all students entering or transferring into 11th
grade will need proof of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4), unless their first dose
was received on or after their 16th birthday. 
 Research shows that students with untreated vision, hearing, dental, and/or nutrition problems do not perform well academically in school:
  • Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic disease in children—5 times more frequent than asthma and 7 times more than hay fever.
  • Children with poor oral health are almost 3 times more likely than their counterparts to miss school because of dental pain.
  • Visual functioning significantly predicts academic performance in school-age children.
  • The prevalence rate of visual impairment in children under the age of 18 is 25 per 1,000.
  • 14.9 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 have a hearing loss that is significant enough to put them at risk of failing at least one grade level.
  • Studies have found that access to nutrition and exercise can enhance a student’s psycho-social well-being, reduce aggression, decrease discipline problems, and improve academic outcomes.

Five Ways a School Nurse Benefits the School

  1. Attendance - School nurses improve attendance through health promotion, disease prevention and disease management. Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the student illness- or injury-related early releases from school where no school nurse is present. 
  2. Academics – Improved attendance means the healthy student is in the classroom and ready to learn. School Nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to reducing drop-out rates.
  3. Time – School nurses save time for principals, teachers and staff. A school nurse in the building saves principals, teachers, and clerical staff a considerable amount of time that they would have spent addressing health concerns of students.
    A school nurse in the building saves:
    • Principals almost an hour a day
    • Teachers almost 20 minutes a day
    • Clerical staff over 45 minutes a day
  4. Staff Wellness - School nurses improve the general health of staff. According to school reports, principals, teachers, and clerical staff are VERY satisfied with having school nurses in their schools for several reasons:
    • Teachers can focus on teaching
    • Office staff spend less time calling parents and sending students home

    • Healthy staff means increased attendance and productivity

  5. Accountability - School nurses help schools stay accountable. Promoting compliance with federal and state law mitigates lawsuits
    • Advocating for adequate staffing aligns with Healthy People 2020 recommendations of the ratio of one school nurse per 750 well students
    • Preparing for emergencies saves lives and property
    • Addressing student mental health links to academic achievement
                                         Clinic Statistics for ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLINICS for School Year 2018/2019
Enrollment Elementary Only 12,817
Physical / Illness complaint by students 120,268
Medications given to students 48,512
Employees Seen in Clinic by School Nurses 2565
Parent contacts by School Nurses 25,710
% of Parent Contacts 21%
Students returned to class after clinic visit 103,738
Sent home from clinic visit findings 61
% of students sent home 7%
Vision Screenings for 3rd & 5th graders 3,976
7th grade Vision Screenings 2029
Hearing Screenings for 3rd graders 1,939
Scoliosis screenings :  
6th grade girls only 999
8th grade girls and boys 2,019