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
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