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School Health

Department of Health Jackson County

The importance of an optimal health status including both the physical and emotional health condition is paramount for success in the educational process. Today, in our schools, we encounter many diverse and complex medical, psychological and social conditions that affect the student and school staff’s ability to succeed in the educational process.

School Health Personnel and Supervision

In Jackson County, school health services are delivered through a nurse-based model supplemented with on-site Health Support Aides trained in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aide, medication administration, and provision of limited health related services. State Statute 232.46 and 232.465 allow non-medical school personnel, who have received appropriate training from a registered nurse, to assist students in the administration of a prescription medication and to perform limited health-related medical procedures. All professional personnel in the Jackson County School Health program are employed by the Department of Health Jackson County. The nurses receive direct supervision from both the school principal and the Department of Health Jackson County Director of Nursing. Decisions regarding medical protocols in the delivering of school health services are the responsibility of the physician of the Department of Health Jackson County. The protocols and/or standing orders may be developed in conjunction with the JCSB, the JCHD, and the student’s private physician.

Jackson County School Health Team   

The Jackson County School Health Team consists of a staff assistant, School Health Nurses and Health Support Aides. A Registered Nurse will make weekly visits to each school in the county. A LPN or Health Support Aide is stationed in the school health room and is on campus during school hours.

More information on School Health Program:

Organizational Chart(167.90kb pdf)

School Health Services(12.71kb doc)

Immunizations(40.0kb excel)

To meet the requirements of Florida Statute 1003.22 all students must have signed Florida Certification of Immunization.  The purpose of immunization compliance is to prevent and protect students from exposure to contagious disease.  Please notify your school health nurse to investigate any possible contagious disease – especially involving skin rashes.


• Schools are required to obtain updated Health and Emergency Information on students each year.  Please return the Health Information and Emergency Card to your child’s school as soon as possible. Let your child’s teacher know about any special health problems your child may have.

• Jackson County Schools require written parental permission for your child to receive prescribed medication during school hours. Permission forms are available at your child’s school. Only medications prescribed by a doctor will be given. Medications must be brought to school by parent/guardian.

• Florida Law requires that written parental permission be obtained prior to student receiving immunizations, fluoride mouth rinse, or any invasive procedure.

• Do not send your child to school if fever or vomiting is present, or if you suspect a contagious disease.

• If the school nurse refers your child to the doctor, please send a note to the School Health Room or office stating the doctor’s findings and treatment to be followed.

Feel free to request health services either through the school or by calling the Jackson County Health Department at 526-2412.
For phone numbers and a list of schools go to Jackson County School Board

Links to DOH School Health  
Contact the DOH School Health Program Office for information, concerns, or questions.

School Health Services Program
Services provided to students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

          • Parent Information for School Entry
          • Florida's Healthy School Program
          • Florida's Coordinated School Health Program

Legislative Authority
Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Codes for the School Health Program.

School Health Program Reports.


Links to Helpful Websites
         This information is provided as a service for our clients and is in no way an endorsement by the Florida Department of Health.

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