Parents everywhere are cheering, kids are groaning, and teachers and school nurses are preparing themselves for another school year. It’s back to school time, and everyone is getting ready for what they hope to be a safe, healthy, and successful school year. While the process of preparing for the year is different in every school and district, here are some great tips to help you get your year off to a good start: [click to continue…]
Health and well-being is one of the most critical aspects of the educational system. Children who have regular access to healthcare have the ability to perform better in school and a greater chance at success in life. In many cases, that access to healthcare begins with their school nurse. For the past several years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made the recommendation that schools with a typical student body carry a nursing staff to student ratio of 1:750, while those facilities which serve students with more intense medical needs have a ratio of 1:225. [click to continue…]
With autism and learning disabilities bringing challenges to many classrooms, school therapists are in high demand. Most schools have access to a team of specialists who can help with speech, occupational, and language issues, and many other problems that face children in and out of the classroom that can be accessed at no cost to families.
Many times, parents and teachers are not aware of all of the different programs available. Healthcare workers should make themselves aware of the many different services that are available within the school system and share that information with parents, to create a cohesive plan of action when working to improve the life of a child. [click to continue…]
As May 11 is National School Nurse Day, students, parents, and teachers around the country should be showing their appreciation to the hard working individual who keeps school medical records, performs health screenings, treats and comforts sick and injured kids, and doles out daily medication to students. However, in many school districts, there isn’t enough funding to keep a full time nurse in every school, making the jobs of existing nurses all the more difficult. [click to continue…]
May is here, and this means that it is time to think about Mother’s Day. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate mothers and other special women in our lives. Think about each of your students and remember those who may not live with their mothers. Check in with their family members for suggestions on who they may be able to focus on. Ask all families to send in a photo of the special woman in their lives to be used during the speech and language project. [click to continue…]
Many schools across the country are discovering a shortage of school psychologists. Schools often need to share those individuals that they have and struggle to replace any that leave for one reason or another. School psychologists are a part of the school community that support students while learning and teachers while teaching. Individuals with a school psychologist training have a background in learning, mental health, and more. They are able to work with students on boosting their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral well being within the school day. School psychologists are often the individuals that build the home, school, and community connection to support students in their learning environment. [click to continue…]