More than 725,000 children attend South Carolina’s public schools. Each child has a right to a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. In every school there are children in the best of health as well as children who are challenged by various health conditions. Fortunately, medical and technological advances now make it possible for many children with chronic health conditions and physical challenges to learn in the same classrooms as other children.
In addition to providing a rigorous academic environment for all students, schools should promote healthy lifestyle choices, help identify and locate services for students with health conditions that may affect learning, and meet the health requirements of children with acute and chronic medical needs during the school day.
The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as “a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate normal development and positive student response to interventions; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy, and learning” (National Association of School Nurses Position Statement: Role of the School Nurse, 2011).
If you have questions or comments about the information found on this page, please contact the S.C. DHEC Division of Children’s Health. Phone: (803) 898-0767