Sterling Community School District provides a school health services program which includes placement of a registered nurse at Sterling Community School. The primary purpose of the Sterling Community School Health Services Program is to facilitate and promote optimal learning for students. Thus, the program strives to meet the following goals:
- To promote early identification and remediation of health problems and needs of students.
- To assist students to assume responsibility for their own health and to develop healthy attitudes and practices.
- To provide health education and counseling for students, school personnel, and parents.
- To provide health services and first aid for students and staff.
- To promote environmental safety and awareness of hazards.
- To maintain a liaison with health care providers and community health programs / agencies.
- To protect the health of students and staff by preventing the outbreak and spread of communicable diseases through enforcement of health laws and school policies.
- To promote school health services as part of the educational process.
The goals and objectives of the School Health Services Program are based upon Connecticut State Law pertaining to school health, the policies of the Sterling Community School Board of Education, and the needs of the school population of students, faculty and staff.
Medical advisory services are provided by the School Medical Advisor who assists with school policy and procedure development, maintains standing orders, and provides medical consultation.
School nursing services are provided on a full-time basis by the registered school nurse who helps students attain a high level of wellness and is a liaison between education and health care. The school nurse also provides a link between the school, home and community. The school nurse services include:
- Emergency first aid care for illnesses and injuries.
- Administration of medications and other treatments for students with special health care needs.
- Surveillance and control of communicable diseases.
- Screening and referral for vision, hearing, and postural abnormalities.
- Review of health assessments and immunization status to ensure compliance with state law and school district policies.