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Department of School Health
Lisa Whitlock BSN RN NCSN
Director of School Health
4781 Hereford Farm Road
Evans GA 30809
 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 2017/2018
Enrollment Elementary Only 12,630
Physical / Illness complaint by students 117,017
Medications given to students 47,708
Employees Seen in Clinic by School Nurses 1,983
Parent contacts by School Nurses 26,402
% of Parent Contacts 22%
Students returned to class after clinic visit 110,692
Sent home from clinic visit findings 6,168
911 calls for elementary only 56
% of students sent home 5%
Vision Screenings for 3rd & 5th graders 3,811
7th grade Vision Screenings 1,905
Hearing Screenings for 3rd graders 1,900
Scoliosis screenings :  
5th grade girls only 915
8th grade girls and boys 1,863
7th Grade Vision Screenings 1,905