The USD 440 school nurse acts as a resource for teachers and students by providing information on subjects related to student health concerns, as well as serving as a resource for parents in monitoring their child's health while at school.
Education and health have a reciprocal relationship. Health factors influence one's ability to learn. Education affects one's ability to engage in healthful behaviors.
USD 440 provides a variety of health services to the district's students and families:
- Nursing assessment regarding emergencies and illnesses
- Monitoring the immunization status of students in order to ensure compliance with Kansas' immunization laws
- Vision screening for kindergarten, first, second, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh grades
- Hearing screening for kindergarten, first, second, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh grades
- Promoting wellness activities for students and school staff
Any child entering a Kansas school for the first time must have proof of current immunization required by the state of Kansas. The student is typically a kindergarten student, but may also be a transfer student from another state or country, or a child who has been home-schooled and never attended a public learning center.
Every child under the age of 8 years is required to have a health assessment completed within 90 days of enrolling in a Kansas school for the first time. A physician or a registered nurse certified to do physicals health assessment must perform the assessment within 12 months prior to school entrance.