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.
For all medical forms, please visit the ALSDE Health Resources page.
Immunizations, Meningitis, and Flu
For more information regarding immunizations, meningitis, and flu, please visit the ALSDE Immunizations Page.
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