Clyde-Savannah Elementary School
Kelly Smart, R.N.
Wende Edwards, LPN
Clyde-Savannah Jr./Sr. High School
Andrea Roelle, RN
Clyde-Savannah School Physician
Dr. Grace Freier, Finger Lakes Health
How can the school nurse help my child at school?
The nurse’s primary responsibility is to act as advocates, liaisons, and consultants on health related issues for students, families and school personnel. They are an integral part of the school program in supporting an optimum physical, mental, emotional and social climate for all students.
Some examples of what the school nurse’s duties include:
- Protecting and maintain student’s health by providing professional nursing services in accordance with Nursing Standards and NYS Licensing.
- Providing NY State-mandated and annual screening programs including vision, hearing, height, weight and scoliosis.
- Facilitating NY State-mandated immunization and communicable disease control requirements.
- Identifying and assessing students’ health needs, implementing services, and evaluating plans of care which impact student learning and achievement or safety.
- Participating as members of the school’s multi-disciplinary team, interpreting medical data and writing objectives for the health component of the IEP and/or 504 plan as needed.
- Identifying and reporting school building safety or environmental issues which impact student or staff health to the building administrator.
- Participating as members of the school’s Emergency Management, Health and Safety and Crisis Response Teams.
- Review Health Appraisal and Sports Clearance forms for student athletes prior to the start of each sport season.(requires some summer hours).
- Follow-up contact with parents and primary care providers regarding clarification or missing medical information.
What is a school nurse not allowed to do for a student?
The school nurse however is not a doctor and should not be acting as or filling the role of the child’s primary care physician. The school nurse is only allowed to practice within the guidelines of NY State Nursing laws and in accordance with Educational Law Article 139.
The following are some examples of activities that fall outside of the nurse’s legal scope of practice:
- The school nurse is not allowed to administer any medication including over-the-counter medication without physician orders and the correct paperwork filled out. This includes cough drops, tums, Tylenol, motrin, and topical antibiotic creams.
- The school nurse is not allowed to perform any procedures on students. This includes any invasive splinter removal.
- The school nurse can make assessments on children and decide if they are well enough to stay in school. Their responsibilities however do not include determining care and treatment plans. All ill students should be seen by their pediatrician.
- No herbal supplements are allowed to be given at school.