To protect and promote the health and safety of all students and staff through:
- Advocacy for accessible health services and policies reflective of our community values
- Prevention of disease and injury
- Development of strategic relationships with key organizations to accomplish the mission, vision and goals of the health servics program
- Prepare school nurses to perform optimally in an environment with increasing and complex health issues
Our vision is for each child to experience optimal health, contributing to daily optimal learning experiences, therefore promoting their optimal potential.
The GPISD Health Services Program is comprised of 39 registered nurses and 2 health clerks. The nurses and health clerks provide services to over 26,500 students as well as numerous employees. School nurses provide a critical role in the education of students by promoting health and providing direct care.
The program provides services related to immunizations, communicable diseases, medication administration, care for acute and chronic illnesses, nursing procedures for the medically fragile, minor and emergency care, diabetes treatment, asthma treatment, pregnancy monitoring/education, bio-terrorism, health education and crisis management. Other services address the potential for health problems and include vision, hearing, scoliosis, and Type 2 Diabetes screenings.
School nurses also promote a healthful school environment by monitoring ozone action days, providing blood-borne pathogen training, CPR, unlicensed diabetic care assistance training and first aid to the staff. The school nurse serves in a collaborative role with other educators in providing services in the following areas: Coordinated School Health, Special Education, Section 504, Pregnancy-Related Services (PRS), and the General Education Homebound Instruction (GEHI) program. The school nurse supports the physical, mental, emotional and social health of students thereby promoting successful learners.
We recognize that the health status of students impacts the quality of their education.
- Coordinated School Health -- Health Services, Health Education, Employee Wellness, Healthful & Safe Environment, Parent Involvement, Nutrition, Physical Education, and Health Education
- Communicable Disease Control -- Awareness, training and prevention
- Immunization Compliance -- Texas Immunization Laws for school age children
- School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) -- Community health advised
- Child Abuse Reporting & Data Collection
- State Health Reports
- Blood-borne Pathogens Exposure Control
- Health Services Training
- School District & Medical Community Liaison
- Pregnancy-Related Services and PEP
- Supervision & Primary Evaluator of Nurses
- AED Program
- GEHI (General Education Homebound Instruction)
Director of Health Services