Health Services ProgramsOUSD School Nurses provide health services to students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 (and until age 21 for special education students), including case management of students with chronic health conditions, state-mandated screenings and audits, special education assessments, and health-related trainings.
School Nurses ensure:
- Students receive vision and hearing screenings as mandated by the state
- Students are up-to-date with immunizations required for school enrollment
- Assessment and provision of direct services for students with special healthcare needs are provided during school hours
- Students have appropriate accommodations for health-related conditions (504 plan)
- Supervision of specialized medical procedures
- Training school staff to assist students with health conditions that may require medication during school hours
Currently, school nurses provide a range of services at all schools. School nurses play an integral role at School Site Team (SST) meetings, Coordination of Services Team (COST) meetings, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and 504 Plan meetings.
At schools with a School-Based Health Center, the school nurse’s work is integrated within the services of the School-Based Health Center.
Health Services collaborates with the Alameda County Public Health Department, Children’s Hospital Oakland, West Oakland Health Initiative Breathmobile®, American Lung Association®, Vision to Learn Program ®, Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC), Children’s Vision First, La Clinica de la Raza, Big Smiles®, Diabetes Youth Foundation ®, University of California Berkeley School of Optometry, University of San Francisco School of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, Coalition of School-Based Health Centers, and other health care agencies.