School Nurse Resources
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National Association of School Nurse Resources: Allergies and Anaphylaxis
Follow the link provided below for:
- sample planning checklists
- sample policies
- sample practice forms
- school personnel training resources
- education resources
- national guidelines
- national partner resources and more
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis "Get Trained"/NASN Resource
Get Trained© is a program intended to be used as a tool and resource for scripted training of unlicensed school staff to administer epinephrine via an auto-injector during an anaphylactic emergency. The program recommendations and content are based on best practices. Each school nurse must exercise independent professional judgment when practicing and conducting training. Because nurse practice acts differ from state to state, each school nurse must ensure before presenting the training that it is consistent with applicable state laws and regulations, including those governing delegations, as well as applicable school district policies and procedures.
The Get Trained School Nursing Program is only intended to provide training to unlicensed school staff to administer an epinephrine auto-injector.
Food Allergy Research and Resources: CDC Voluntary Guideline for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Centers
In consultation with the U.S. Department of Education and a number of other federal agencies, CDC developed the Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies which provides practical information and planning steps for parents, district administrators, school administrators and staff, and ECE program administrators and staff to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention.
Food Allergy Tool for Schools
A 30-minute module to assist the school nurse in training school staff to manage life-threatening allergic reactions and increasing food allergy awareness. Consistent with the CDC's Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs.
Reviewed by national organizations and food allergy/school health experts. Special thanks to CDC for providing input on the school staff training modules.
Food Allergy- Peanut Allergy Guidelines (updated January 2017)
An expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, issued clinical guidelines on January 5, 2017, to aid health care providers in early introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants to prevent the development of peanut allergy
Please follow this link for more information and links to the most up to date guidelines.
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Resources for Child Care Facilities
FARE has a variety of resources for use by childcare facilities and daycare centers, including:
• How to C.A.R.E.™ for Students with Food Allergies: What Educators Should Know: This free online interactive course teaches educators how to prepare for food allergy and anaphylaxis. It is specifically designed for school personnel – administrators, nurses, teachers, and other staff – in the United States.
• Binky Goes Nuts: Understanding Peanut Allergies: The popular animated PBS children’s series Arthur explores food allergies in an episode titled "Binky Goes Nuts." The DVD and educational activity unit can be used by teachers and parents to teach kids about food allergy, and teach them how to help make their schools a safer place.
Additional resources that childcare facilities may find useful include:
- Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
- Field Trips Tips
- Cleaning Methods
- How to Read a Label
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- How a Child Might Describe a Reaction
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
Standard 188.8.131.52: Care for Children with Food Allergies
Georgia DPH Asthma Program Resources
Asthma Friendly Schools Information and Resources
Approximately 126,400 (9 out of 100) Georgia children aged 0-9 have asthma. Among children aged 0-9 years with an Emergency Department visit, 23% had two or more visits. Of those hospitalized, about 9% had two or more asthma hospitalizations. According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call Back Survey, 58% of students reported missing one or more school days in the past year due to asthma.
Students with uncontrolled asthma often miss more school, have poorer academic performance, and have low sleep quality. An Asthma Friendly School provides a safe and healthy environment that reduces asthma triggers and maximizes the health, quality of life, and educational outcomes of all children. Schools can support asthma self-management in children by adopting asthma-friendly policies and procedures.
American Lung Association (ALA): Asthma Basics
The American Lung Association's Asthma Basics course is a free one-hour interactive online learning module designed to help people learn more about asthma. This course is ideal for frontline healthcare professionals, such as school nurses or community health workers, as well as individuals with asthma, parents of children with asthma, and co-workers, friends and family who want to learn more about asthma.
Asthma Basics also includes comprehensive resources, including asthma medication devices and demonstration videos and downloads.
American Lung Association: Back to School with Asthma Toolkit
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Asthma Care for School and Childcare Providers
Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and youth in the United States and a leading cause of school absenteeism. Teachers, coaches, daycare providers, and educators can help children manage their asthma.
This page provides the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), government, and nongovernment resources for school personnel planning or maintaining an asthma management program.
CDC Asthma Publications and Resources
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: Helping Students Manage Asthma at School
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers free resources for parents, schools, teachers, and staff to help you get ready for the upcoming school year and help students manage asthma at school.
NASN Asthma Tools and Resources
Back to School
Back to School Toolkit: NASN Back to School Toolkit
Body Mass Index
CDC BMI Measurement in Schools Executive Summary
Describes the purpose of school-based body mass index (BMI) surveillance and screening programs, examines current practices and reviews research on BMI measurement programs
CDC Children's BMI Tool for Schools
The Children's BMI Tool for Schools is an Excel spreadsheet intended for use by schools, childcare, and other professionals who want to compute Body Mass Index (BMI)-for-age for a group of up to 2000 children, for example, a school classroom or grade.
CDC Prevent Bullying Technical Package
CDC’s technical package, A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors helps communities and states prioritize youth violence prevention strategies based on the best available evidence. Also available in Spanish.
The strategies and approaches in the technical package are intended to impact individual behaviors as well as the relationship, family, school, community, and societal factors that influence risk and protective factors for violence. The strategies are meant to work together and be used in combination to prevent violence. These approaches, particularly universal school-based programs that strengthen youth’s skills and modifying physical and social environments for youth’s protection, have been shown to reduce violence and bullying.
Training, continuing education offerings, and resources offered by the US Department of Health and Human Services
Child Abuse- Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
Georgia State University’s Center for Health Development houses Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia, a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. PCA Georgia is partially supported by a grant from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, Office of Prevention and Family Support.
PCA Georgia provides statewide direction to promote healthy children and develop strong families through:
- Prevention Network- Building a statewide network of individuals, families, agencies, and communities dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all its forms
- Public Awareness- Increasing public awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention through training and education, information dissemination, and statewide events
- Prevention Programs- Encouraging the development and implementation of innovative prevention programs using research-based models
- Research- Conducting and disseminating academic and community-based research to guide the development of policies, programs, and services which will enhance the health and well0being of Georgia’s children and their families
- Advocacy Activities- Informing public policy, programs, and practices that strengthen families and protect children by regularly imparting information regarding child abuse prevention research, initiatives, legislation, and campaigns
US Department of Health and Human Services: The Role of Educators in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
This manual examines the roles that teachers, school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, special education professionals, administrators, and other school personnel have in helping maltreated children, including recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse and neglect.
CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
CDC synthesized research and best practices related to promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools, culminating in nine guidelines. These guidelines were informed by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,1 the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,2 and the Healthy People 2020 objectives related to healthy eating and physical activity among children, adolescents, and schools.3 The guidelines serve as the foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students.
CDC Childhood Obesity Facts and Resources
As required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture has issued new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages sold outside of the federally reimbursable school meals program during the school day. These standards set limits on calories, salt, sugar, and fat in foods and beverages and promote snack foods that have whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein foods as their main ingredients. These standards are the minimum requirement for schools.
Georgia Shape Initiative
Georgia Shape is the Governor's statewide, multi-agency and multi-dimensional initiative that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities to address childhood (0-18) obesity in Georgia. Over the next ten years, Georgia Shape will work towards increasing the number of students in the Healthy Fitness Zone for Body Mass Index by ten percent. Other objectives set forth by the Governor and Georgia Shape include reaching disparate populations, increasing the aerobic capacity measure of Georgia's youth, increasing the breastfeeding rate across Georgia, and increasing the number of early care centers that excel in nutrition and physical activity measures.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta School Nurse Health Program
Eighteen percent of children in the United States have a chronic medical condition. A well-trained school health professional can help these children manage their health and stay in school. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta works closely with school health personnel throughout the state to provide them with educational materials, training and support.
CHOA school health consultants serve as a resource for school health services in Georgia.
The Children’s Regional School Health Coordinator provides the following services:
- School nurse updates and webinars on clinical pediatric topics
- Staff education for school districts in metro Atlanta
- Reviews and revisions of the school health manual
- Serve as a prime contact for school nurses to call to discuss programmatic needs and difficult cases
CPR, AED, and First Aid Training
American Red Cross special offer for schools.
Crisis Management and Prevention Information for Georgia Public Schools, Department of Education
Georgia Department of Education Guidelines for the Care Needed for Students with Diabetes for the implementation of the State Board of Education Rule 160-4-8-.18 Diabetes Medical Management Plans
ADA: Safe at School Program and Resources
NIH: Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel
Joslin Diabetes Center: Resources for School Nurses
CDC Ebola Resources
Georgia Department of Education Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
Georgia Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness website
CDC: Caring for Children in a Disaster- Schools and Childcare Centers
Institute of Medicine: Taking Care of Kids, Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Epinephrine Use and Guidelines
Toolkit for the Administration of Epinephrine and Albuterol/Levabuterol in the School Setting
This toolkit provides the local school system with guidelines in the development and implementation of policies related to stock Epinephrine Auto-Injector (Epi-Pen) and stock Albuterol/Levalbuterol in the school setting. The tool kit specifically addresses:
- Medication administration
- Development of the Emergency Action Plan/Individualized Health Care Plan
- Stock Epinephrine in the School Setting for Treatment of Undiagnosed Severe Allergic Reactions/Anaphylaxis by School Personnel
- Stock Albuterol/Levabuterol in the School Setting for Treatment of Perceived Respiratory Distress by School Personnel
- Training requirements
FitnessGram® is the most widely used youth physical fitness assessment, education and reporting tool in the world. Based on Healthy Fitness Zone® standards, created by the FitnessGram Scientific Advisory Board, FitnessGram uses criterion-based standards, carefully established for each age and gender.
Food Allergies- see Allergy section
Form 3300 Webinars (continuing nursing education credit no longer available):
Georgia Association of School Nurses
Georgia State Law
Use this link to access Georgia State Code
CDC Head Lice Guidance for Schools
Head Lice Lessons from NASN
Headfirst Lice Lessons is an educational initiative focused on dispelling common head lice misperceptions, providing information about the value of engaging healthcare professionals and building awareness of new treatment options. The portfolio of tools and resources below are designed to help school nurses, often on the frontlines in the battle against head lice, reduce fear and stigma and help parents navigate treatment choices.
HIPPA and FERPA resources for School Nurses
Georgia Department of Public Health Immunization Resources
Schools and childcare immunization resources:
Georgia Immunization Registry (GRITS)
Preteen and Teen Vaccine Recommendations from CDC
Vaccines for Children Program
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is intended to help raise childhood immunization levels in the United States, especially infants and young children. This effort requires wide participation and collaboration of private healthcare providers to reach children who might not otherwise receive the vaccine because of financial barriers or who might receive vaccines late because they would be referred to another setting for free vaccines. This federally funded program supplies vaccines free of charge to participating providers. The vaccine may then be made available to children up to 19 years of age who are:
- Medicaid Enrolled
- Uninsured (child has no health insurance coverage)
- Underinsured (seen in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Center)
- American Indian or Alaska Native
Juvenile Diabetes- see Diabetes section
Legislation- see Georgia State Law section
Lice- see Head Lice section
Medications in the School Setting
Guidance for the Administration of Medication in Schools: Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Mental Health resources, training, and continuing education offerings through NASN
National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
Obesity- see Childhood Obesity section
Opioid Abuse and Overdose Resources
There is an opioid abuse epidemic in Georgia and throughout the entire country. Opioids include morphine, heroin, meth, oxycodone, and synthetic (man-made) opioid narcotics and prescription pain medication.
Naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing or loss of consciousness. Naloxone is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. This medicine should be used until the patient can receive emergency medical care for an overdose.
Please see the following links for resources for your use in the school setting as well as in your community including information on administering naloxone and the standing order to obtain naloxone.
NASN Naloxone in Schools Toolkit
Opioid drug abuse is a concern that affects the entire community. The decision to implement a stock naloxone program in schools should be a community decision. The school nurse is a leader in student health and has the education and expertise to assist the community and school leadership in assessing the need for a stock naloxone program.
This toolkit offers numerous resources to assist school nurses and other school leaders to evaluate and respond to the opioid epidemic appropriately.
Georgia Department of Public Health Oral Health Program
Georgia DPH Oral Health Program offers the following services:
- School-linked Fluoride Supplement Programs for children - Fluoride mouth rinse or fluoride varnish treatments are provided to children lacking an adequate source of fluoride.
- Dental Sealants - A plastic coating is placed on the chewing surfaces of permanent molar teeth to seal out food and bacteria that cause tooth decay.
- Dental Health Education - Public Health dental hygienists teach school children the importance of proper brushing, flossing, and good nutrition for good dental health.
- Community Water Fluoridation - 96% of Georgia's population using public water systems received fluoridated water. Water fluoridation has been shown to reduce dental decay by 20-40% in fluoridated communities and results in a savings of $38 in future dental expenditures for each $1 invested in fluoridation.
Oral Health Connections
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have teamed up to support school nurses to promote awareness of oral health in schools.
Physical Activity and Nutrition Toolkit for Georgia Public Schools and School Districts
Useful information to help create a culture of health for Georgia school children
Privacy and Confidentiality- see HIPPA and FERPA section
Disease reporting enables public health follow-up for patients and helps identify outbreaks. This is particularly important to do in a timely way for any disease or condition that may require immediate public health intervention. Disease reporting also provides a better understanding of disease trends and patterns in Georgia to support program and policy decision-making and resource allocation. All Georgia physicians, laboratories, and other health care providers are required by law (OCGA 31-12-2) to report patients with the conditions listed under notifiable disease reporting requirements. Both laboratory-confirmed and clinical diagnoses are reportable within the specified time interval.
List of Mandated Reportable Conditions and Diseases and Time Frames for Reporting
School Health and Wellness
School Health and Wellness Initiatives at Georgia Department of Public Health
The Georgia Department of Public Health supports youth, schools, and parents in creating opportunities to be healthy and learn lifelong healthy habits in—
- Focusing on positive youth development as early as 1st grade
- Creating tobacco-free environments
- Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
- Increasing physical activity
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Sexual violence prevention
- Preventing bullying
Department of Education Office of School Safety and Climate
The Georgia Department of Education is committed to providing a safe, secure, and productive learning and working climate for all students and staff in all schools through the development and implementation of intervention and prevention programs. This is accomplished by providing training, technical assistance, and support to local school districts and local schools in collaboration with other state agencies and stakeholders
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Sexual Risk Behaviors: HIV, STD, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Sexual Violence Prevention
Sexual violence is preventable. The Georgia Department of Public Health works with communities to inform them of the prevalence of sexual violence, prevent sexual violence through norm change, and protect youth through positive youth development approaches. Twenty-three percent of reported cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by individuals under the age of 18.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
In partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Services and the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, DPH uses a comprehensive approach to address teen pregnancy through evidence-based programs and best practices.
116 of 181 school districts and 9 charter schools have adopted the model 100% Tobacco-free Schools Policy which brings the total number of Georgia youth who are encouraged not to use tobacco products and protected from the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke to 1,464,445 (including both charter schools and public school districts). Tobacco-Free School Policy is an evidence-based strategy for preventing youth tobacco use.
USDA Team Nutrition Back to School Resources
Team Nutrition is happy to join the excitement of schools, teachers, school nutrition professionals, students, and families to start a new academic year. It’s a time for students to meet new friends, reconnect with old classmates, learn new skills, and build knowledge. Let’s embrace this season and make it the best, by having fun and staying healthy.
- Imminent Health Risks of Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices (10/9/19)
- Imminent Health Risks of Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices (10/9/19) SPANISH
- Georgia Department of Public Health E-cigarettes Toolkit for Schools
- E-cigarette FAQ
Violence in Schools
Georgia Department of Education School Safety Resource Center
About School Violence resources from CDC
Prevent Blindness Georgia's resource for schools and school nurses
Zika Virus FAQ's
page last updated 11/15/2019