PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
54 Meadow Street
The Bureau of Nursing is committed to ensuring an optimal level of wellness for a culturally diverse urban community by promoting and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for its residents. One of the primary functions of the Bureau of Nursing is the School Nursing Program, one component of the School Health Services provided by the City of New Haven. The majority of the Public Health Nurses serve as school nurses for the schools located in New Haven.
Role of the School Nurse
The school nurse ensures that students are healthy enough to learn and minimizes the time lost in school due to illness or other prolonged disability. This is accomplished through proper assessment, referral and follow-up care, as well as appropriate communication with the student's health care provider. Oftentimes the school nurse is the only consistent health professional the student sees allowing the nurse to advocate for students and helping them develop a healthy lifestyle.
School Entry Requirements
Please click here (English/Spanish) for a list of the school entry physical exam and immunization requirements. Please be aware that your child will not be allowed to attend school if the school entry requirements are not met.
Medications in School
Medication cannot be given in school unless an Administration of Medication form (H-5) is filled out by your health care provider. (This includes aspirin, inhalers, ointments, etc.) Medication forms are available from your school nurse or by clicking here (Authorization Form for Meds in School).
Special Health Needs
If your child requires specialized physical health care during school hours see your school nurse as soon as possible. It is also important to notify your school nurse if your child has a food allergy, diabetes, or asthma.
Health Related Documents
Below are several documents related to various health conditions or concerns. If you feel that one of these forms should be filled out for your child, please print, complete, and return it to the school nurse at your child's school.
School Health Topics
Click below for information on these important school health topics:
- Hand Hygiene
- Flu Prevention
- Head Lice Information