Health Services

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 dieticians, school counselors, and allied health personnel including speech therapists and occupational or physical therapists provide these services.

Health services are coordinated and provided with the assistance of valuable community volunteers. The Evening Lions Club administers vision screenings to all CCS kindergarten students. The club has an instrument that measures and reads the child's eye. The data is then sent to Vanderbilt University to determine if a child has an eye defect. The Noon Day Lions Club conducts vision screening on all CCS 4th graders. TN requires vision data for 2nd graders so school nurses ensure these students are screened. Hearing screenings are conducted with the assistance of Junior Auxiliary for K, 2nd, 4th, and 8th graders. According to Teresa Gates, who is tasked with ensuring these screenings are completed, it takes 3-4 volunteers per day and usually takes 7 days to complete. The Coordinated School Health (CSH) office, with the help of numerous volunteers, provides hearing screenings to 6th graders to fulfill TN state requirements. In addition, CSH organizes systemwide health screenings gathering height, weight and blood pressure data for K, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 11th graders. This is accomplished with the assistance of volunteers from Cleveland State Community College, Lee University, SkyRidge Medical Center, and Junior Auxiliary along with parent and community partners.