The School Health Services Program promotes the health of all students, affording them an opportunity to better participate in learning and receive the maximum benefit from their instructional program. Barriers to learning that can accompany a variety of chronic and acute health conditions must be identified and minimized for students to participate and learn to their maximum potential.
The Health Services program is designed to focus on the health status of students; to educate and counsel students, teachers, and parents related to health issues; to help prevent and control communicable disease; to provide emergency care for injury and/or sudden illness; to promote optimum conditions in school buildings; to promote health education as an integral part of the curriculum.
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The Jessica Elkins Act (2014-274) provides awareness and vaccine information regarding meningococcal meningitis disease and its vaccine to parents and guardians of students.
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Carrying too heavy of a backpack may affect children’s health and have long term effects. Research shows that children carrying more than 10% of their body weight is damaging to their spinal and postural health.
What are the possible problems related to carrying heavy backpacks?
- Strain to the shoulders and back affecting overall ease of movement and causing pain/discomfort
- Affects balance and posture
- Spinal problems such as: scoliosis (crooked spine) and disc degeneration
- May alter nerve communication
- Pull bones out of alignment by stretching ligaments/muscles
What should I do?
- Your backpack should weigh no more than 10% of your body weight
- Make sure you wear your backpack with both straps over your shoulders. Wearing your backpack over just one shoulder puts your spine out of balance and stresses that side
- See your physician or chiropractor for an exam for early detection or if you are symptomatic
- For more information view applicable law documents at ALSDE Health Laws & Policies.
- Students may possess and use federal Food and Drug Administration regulated over-the-counter sunscreen at school and at school-based events
- Any student, parent, or guardian requesting a school board employee to apply sunscreen to a student shall present to the nurse a Parent Prescriber Authorization Form (PPA) containing a parent or guardian signature. A physician signature or physician order shall not be required
For more information, view applicable law documents at ALSDE Health Laws & Policies.