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 that 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.
- Immunizations: The District works with health partners to provide immunization services.
- 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.