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Thomas R. Bice

State Superintendent of Education

Prevention and Support Services Section

Alabama Department of Education

Gordon Persons Building

Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101


Draft 2013

Thomas R. Bice

State Superintendent of Education

Sherrill Parris

Deputy State Superintendent of Education

Alabama Department of Education

Office of Learning Support

Prevention and Support Services



Governor Robert J. Bentley- President

Mrs. Tracy Roberts

District 1

Mrs. Betty Peters

District 2

Mrs. Stephanie W. Bell, Vice President

District 3

Dr. Yvette Richardson

District 4

Mrs. Ella B. Bell, President Pro Tem

District 5

Dr. Charles E. Elliott

District 6

Mr. Jeffery Newman

District 7

Mrs. Mary Scott Hunter

District 8



Well-established programs of school health continue to be an imperative

responsibility for nurses at the local school and school system levels. This manual

is designed to serve as a guide in the establishment of such programs. To ensure

its usefulness, we solicited the assistance of selected school nurses from the local

board of education level and our own department.

The State Board of Education members and the State Department of Education

appreciate the time and effort expended by our committee members. We also

appreciate the local superintendents who allowed these members time to

participate in this project.

No program will be useful unless it is implemented consistently and well.

Therefore, I challenge each person at the local school level to become

knowledgeable of the information provided herein and to consistently provide

quality health services. There are many children with health issues and chronic

illnesses that attended school. The school’s approach to the health of its students is

to consistently provide quality health care in the school setting. The goal is to

promote optimal wellness in order to enhance student’s ability to learn.

I pledge my support to you in the development and implementation of a resource

manual, to assist in maintaining continuity in school nursing services, as nurses

strive to provide quality health services for students in the school setting.


Thomas R. Bice



The material presented in this publication may be the first step in the development of local guidelines and procedures. This manual represents the committee’s attempt and recommendation to organize information from various sources such as Alabama State Board of Education, Alabama Board of Nursing and legal opinions of the Attorney General, interpretations of school laws by the State Superintendent of Education and local education agency policies and procedures.

This material is primarily for reference. It is not intended as a substitute for local board policies and procedures, nor advice of counsel. Where statutes are cited, please refer to the full text for clarification.

Whenever possible, the basis for recommendations and policy statements is given.


Caitlin Cauthen Lead Nurse

Houston County Board of Education

Charlene Young Lead Nurse

Hoover Board of Education Diana Collins

Lead Nurse

Saraland Board of Education Jan Peterson

Lead Nurse

Henry County Board of Education

Janis C. Ward Lead Nurse

Madison County Board of Education Lesa Cotton Lead Nurse Calhoun County Board of Education Margaret Guthrie Lead Nurse Walker County Board of Education Sharon Dickerson Lead Nurse Tuscaloosa City Board of Education Sherry McWhorter Lead Nurse Lawrence County Board of Education Theresa Thompson Lead Nurse Cherokee County Board of Education Jim Toney Education Specialist Alabama Department of Education Marilyn Lewis Program Coordinator Alabama Department of Education

Karen Matthews Administrative Assistant Alabama Department of Education Jennifer Ventress Nurse Administrator Alabama Department of Education Lisa Tubbs Nurse Manager Alabama Department of Education Janice Phelps Nurse Manager Alabama Department of Education Elainer Jones Education Administrator Alabama Department of Education Charlene Thomas Administrative Assistant Alabama Department of Education



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Section 1 Alabama State Department of Education ... 1

Alabama Board of Nursing ... 2

Alabama Course of Study ... 3

Laws and References ... 4

Section 2 School Health Overview ... 5

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) / Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) .... 6

Assessment Record ... 7

Communicable / Infectious Diseases ... 8

Documentation / Records ... 9

Emergency Action Plans / Health Care Plans ... 10

First Aid and Safety ... 11

Immunizations ... 12

Invasive Procedures ... 13

Medication Curriculum (Forms) ... 14

Medications ... 15 Procedures ... 16 Screenings ... 17 Section 3 Index ... 18 Web Resources ... 19


Area 1 & 5 Task Force Area 2 & 4 Task Force Area 3 Task Force

INOW Task Force

 Area 1 Traci Abercrombie (Barbour

Co.)   Area 2 Catherine Davis (Opelika)  Barbara Robertson (Blount Co)   Area 5 Anne Clarke (Washington Co)   Area 2 Joyce Jeter (Auburn)

 Area 4 Bonnie Davis (Madison) 

Resource Guidelines Task Force Resource Guidelines Task Force Resource Guidelines Task Force

 Caitlin Cauthen (Houston Co) Chair  Margaret Guthrie (Walker Co) Chair  Jan Ward (Madison Co) Chair   Diana Collins (Saraland)  Sherry McWhorter (Lawrence Co)   Lesa Cotton (Calhoun Co)   Jan Peterson (Henry Co)  Sharon Dickerson (Tuscaloosa)   Theresa Thompson (Cherokee Co) 


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No person shall be denied employment, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of disability, gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age or genetics. Ref: Sec. 1983, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C.; Title VI and VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sec. 504; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972; Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008: Title IX Coordinator, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101 or call (334) 242-8165.




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