Additional Health Resources
Student Illness Exclusions
For more information and a full list of student illness exclusions, please contact your school nurse or Health Services at 256-428-6830.
Impact of Heavy Backpacks
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 visit the bacsupport website.
Sunscreen in Schools
- 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