School Health and Wellness
As information around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops, we want to make sure that we keep our parents, students, families and staff updated.
The best defense against any contagious illness is frequent and effective handwashing and seeking immediate medical assistance if experiencing symptoms. If you or somebody you know is experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, with possible exposure to someone who has traveled or potentially been exposed to COVID19, please seek immediate medical help and contact the Detroit Health Department for guidance at 313-876-4000. Read more.
School Health and Wellness
Healthy kids learn better. The District’s Office of School Health and Wellness aims to create a safe and healthy learning environment by removing health-related barriers so that students can learn, grow and thrive.
Health-related Services and Initiatives
- Nursing Team: Includes 17 registered nurses, 9 of which are outreach nurses, who provide direct and consultative support for school health services across our district. Many schools also have on-site health staff (RN, LPN or MA) through our nurse agency partner.
- Dental and Vision Services: Onsite dental services to students; vision screening and glasses for students in need.
- Behavioral Health Services: In addition to social workers and counselors, the District has a partnership with multiple behavioral health agencies which provide behavioral health services directly inside many of our schools.
- School-Based Health Centers: Also located directly inside many of our schools. Our school-based health center partners provide students with a full spectrum of health-related services, from physicals to managing chronic disease, behavioral health issues and more.
- Pathways to Potential: Located in most District schools, success coaches work directly with families to address barriers to self-sufficiency in five key outcome areas: safety, health, educations, attendance and self-sufficiency
- Immunizations: The District works with health partners to provide immunization services.
Programs Coming Soon!
- Tele-triage Pilot Program: Student athletes are able to get diagnosis and medical assistance in real time through our partners Henry Ford and DMC. DPSCD athletic coaches are provided with iPads that connect them to Henry Ford sports medicine doctors in real time.
- School Health Teams: Individuals at each school trained in specific health modules; asthma, diabetes, seizures, allergic reactions and medication delivery
Mental Health Tips for Students from TRAILS
Support Your Student's Mental Health
The DPSCD partner, TRAILS, which has assisted the District in mental and behavioral health supports, has put together a resource document for DPSCD families. This resource provides guidance and recommendations to families for
- Talking with children and teens about Coronavirus/COVID-19
- Supporting school-age youth with effective coping strategies
- Recognizing healthy and unhealthy coping skills (such as self-harm or substance abuse)
Please follow the link here for access to the resource.