SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES
services programs are established by §381.0056 Fla. Stat. The mission of
Florida’s school health services program is to appraise, protect and promote
the health of students. Preventive and
emergency school-based health services are provided to public school children.
Services are provided in accordance with a local School Health Services Plan
jointly developed by the county health department, school district, and School
Health Advisory Committee. School-based health services are an important component
of the public health system and help to assure that Florida’s students are
healthy, in the classroom and ready to learn. For a complete guide to school
health services, procedures, and health forms visit
School Health Staff
Health Insurance for Children
students on a daily basis is provided by a health room aide under the guidance
and direction of the school registered nurse (RN) who may or may not be on
campus full-time. The school RN has the knowledge, education, experience and
authority to manage and provide the full range of health services in the
education system. The ultimate goal of school nursing practice is to support
students’ optimal state of health to promote the capacity for successful
learning. School RN services may include interpretation of medical records,
assessment of students’ symptoms, health appraisals, health education, case
management, direct care, counseling, advocacy and health screenings. You can reach the school RN by calling your
child’s school or the School Health Office at 941-927-9000, ext. 32101.
Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from
birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. It consists of four different programs. When
you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which program your
child may be eligible for, based on age and family income:
uninsured children ages 1 through 4
- Healthy Kids:
uninsured children ages 5 through 18
- Children’s Medical Services Network:
uninsured children birth through 18 who have special health care needs or
ongoing medical conditions.
children birth through 18. A child who has other health insurance may still
qualify for Medicaid.
or phone 888-540-5437 for more information.
If a student
does not have a dental provider and requires dental services, contact the nurse
assigned to the school and ask for assistance.
500.4 — Parent
500.5 — Medications in School
It is the
responsibility of the parent to notify the school of any health condition of
their student(s) which may require medication, treatment or monitoring at
school or on school-sponsored trips or activities.
Whenever possible, give medications at home.School personnel will
administer approved medications to students during the school day when it is
necessary to help the child stay in school.
- Only FDA-approved prescription
and over-the-counter medications are allowed to be administered by school
- A Medication/Treatment
Authorization Form (M/TAF), signed by a physician and parent, must be
provided, and medication must be stored and administered in the manner
described below. See the forms section
of the School Health Services Manual for a current Medication/Treatment
Authorization Form at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net/schoolhealth.
- An M/TAF is needed for EACH
- The M/TAF is valid for the
current school year only.
- The parent needs to pick up
medication at the end of the school year or if the medicine is discontinued.
Medication that is not picked up will be discarded.
- Medication must be in the
original prescription or unopened over-the-counter container labeled with the
child’s name, medication name, dosage, and times to be administered.
- A parent must deliver the
signed M/TAF and medications directly to the school health room or assigned
school employee so that medications can be accepted and counted.
- In middle and high school a
few specific over-the-counter medications may be given with written approval
from a parent or guardian (physician authorization is not required). Please see
the school nurse for details.
- Homeopathic remedies are not
FDA-approved and will not be administered by school personnel.
- Dietary supplements are not
approved by the FDA for use as drugs and will not be administered by school
Controlled narcotic medications for severe pain management are not
administered in the school setting. Because these medications are known to
cause decreased coordination and decreased levels of consciousness, they
present learning and safety issues that can be dangerous to students.
Treatment equipment such as nebulizers and glucometers must be supplied by the
parent. An M/TAF signed by a licensed health care provider and the parent must
be on file along with a signed notarized affidavit. Both forms are only valid for the current
wheelchair, crutches or other temporary assistive devices are needed, they must
be supplied by the parent. The school will need an Orthopedic Injury Assistive
Device Authorization Form signed by the licensed health care provider and
parent. This form is only valid for the
current school year. See the Forms Chapter of the School Health Services Manual
for the form, www.SarasotaCountySchools.net/schoolhealth.
vision, hearing, scoliosis, height and weight are mandated by Florida Administrative
Code 64F-6003 for specific groups of students, according to grade level. By
signing the Health Emergency Information Card, parents/guardians give
permission for noninvasive screening.
not diagnose but are designed to identify students who have results outside the
normal limits. When necessary, the school RN refers students to other health
care professionals for evaluation. Early identification and treatment of
physical problems is paramount to academic achievement. Parents must inform
the school in writing if they do not wish their student to participate in any
portion of this program.
- Kg – Color, Far Vision, Hearing, Muscle Balance
- 1 – Hearing, Height/Weight, Far Vision, Muscle Balance
- 3 – Far Vision, Height/Weight
- 6 – Far Vision, Hearing, Height/Weight, Scoliosis
- 9 - Height/Weight
- New to the State Grade 2 – Far Vision, Hearing, Muscle Balance
- New to State Grade 4 & 5 – Far Vision, Hearing
500.7 — Health Issues and Use of the Health Room
ill to remain in class must request permission from their course teacher to
report to the health room for evaluation. A parent may be contacted to
determine whether the student will go home or return to class.
Students may not remain in school with these conditions:
Please be sure the school has
up-to-date contact information.
- temperature above 100
- unknown rash
- active head lice (see
Head Lice, section 500.8)
Student must be fever-free
without the aid of medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
identified with health-related issues will be referred to the school RN for
follow-up. The school RN may contact the parent for assistance in developing an
individual health care plan for the student.
The Sarasota School Health Services Manual is a reference for all health
related topics in Sarasota County Schools.
It can be found at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net/schoolhealth.
500.8 — Food Allergies
Food and Nutrition Services will work with parents, students and nurses
to make appropriate and reasonable accommodations to students, and will assist
them in navigating the school environment according to the procedures developed
for food allergies in schools. Food and
Nutrition Services will follow Food Allergy Guidelines developed by the
Sarasota County Health Department School Health Team, the Department of
Education Nurses, Food and Nutrition Services and the Sarasota County School
Health Advisory Board. Approved Menu
Modification Medical Statement request forms are required for all students with
dietary restriction, food intolerances, and food allergies who participate in
the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program, and Supper Program. If a student does not purchase foods or
beverages from the school cafeteria, the MMMS form is not required. These forms are available on the Food and
Nutrition Services website and require a physician’s signature.