Welcome to the Health Services component of Coordinated School Health. In this section you will find Health Services Guidelines (2007 Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Procedures in a School Setting Guidelines), information on Tennessee’s health insurance program called Cover Tennessee, Asthma Management in Schools information, Youth Access to Health Care Fact Sheet, Substance Free Youth Fact Sheet, Supporting Vulnerable Youth Fact Sheet, Health Disparities Among Youth Fact Sheet and a Resources and Information list.
Health services are provided and/or supervised by school health nurses to appraise, protect, and promote the health of students. These services include assessment, planning, coordination of services and direct care for all children, including those with special health care needs. Health services are designed and coordinated with community health care professionals to ensure early intervention, access and referral to primary health care services; foster appropriate use of primary health care services; prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems; provide emergency care for student and staff illness or injury; provide daily and continuous services for children with special health care needs; promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment; and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family and community health. Qualified professionals such as school health nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, health educators, registered dietitians, school counselors, and allied health personnel including speech therapists and occupational or physical therapists provide these services.
The Tennessee Department of Health has new immunization requirements for children attending schools. Learn more by visiting the department's web site at: http://health.state.tn.us/CEDS/required.htm. Click here to view or download the Department of Health's immunization rule notification for parents or access a read only powerpoint: