School Nurse & Health Services

Helena Public School nurses influence and support the vision, mission, and goals of the Helena School District and believe that every child deserves the services of a registered school nurse. Helena Public School nurses provide healthcare services to approximately 8,000 students.

Health Screenings in the Helena Public Schools

One way to promote good health in the student population is to strive to detect health problems early. The school nurse provides basic health screenings in the following areas:

Hearing

Grades K, 1, 9, new students without screening documentation, students who are referred, and students who are monitored

Vision

Grades K, 1, 3, 5, 8, new students without screening documentation, students who are referred, and students who are monitored

Scoliosis

Grades 5 & 7 for females; Grade 8 for males (side to side curvature of the spine, which most often shows up during a child’s growth spurt)

Dental

Grades 1 & 3 (local dentists volunteer to work with the school nurses, doing visual check)

Methods for screening may include checklists, observations, and formal instruments as indicated. Parents are notified of any unusual performance or failed screening. Students may be referred for further evaluation by a health care provider.


Vaccination Information

Per the Helena School District Student/Parent Handbook:

If a child has not completed the minimum vaccination series required by Montana Law as listed HERE, a Conditional Attendance form should be completed. If the pupil has received at least one or more doses of the required vaccine(s), he/she can conditionally attend until the next dose is due. In order to remain in school, the pupil must continue to receive all remaining doses as specified on the conditional form. If the pupil fails to complete the immunization(s) within the time period indicated, he/she must either qualify for and claim an exemption or be excluded immediately from school by the school administrator or that person’s designee.

In schools K-12, a claim of exemption from immunization requirements on religious grounds must be notarized annually and maintained on the Religious Exemption form. The form must be provided to the school prior to each school year by the student’s parent/legal guardian, unless the student is 18 years of age or older or emancipated, the student may claim the exemption. The original copy of the religious exemption must be kept by the school as part of the student’s school record. If a student has contracted a disease or is exposed to a disease, the student may be excluded from school by the local health officer or the state department until the excluding authority feels that there is no longer a risk of contracting or transmitting that disease.

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Medications at School

The medication guidelines can be found in this download or in the Helena School District Student/Parent Handbook.

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Authorization to Self-Administer Asthma, Severe Allergy, or Anaphylaxis Medication

Per the Helena School District Student/Parent Handbook:

Students with asthma, severe allergies, or anaphylaxis may possess and self-administer emergency medication including: epinephrine auto injector, oral antihistamine, or asthma inhaler during the school day, during field trips, during school-sponsored events, or while on a school bus as prescribed by a licensed health care provider. If provided by the parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or a guardian and in accordance with documents provided by the student’s health care provider, medication for asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis medication may be kept by the pupil and backup medication may be kept at a student’s school in a predetermined location or locations to which the student has access in the event of an asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis emergency.

Parents must notify the school if their student will be self-medicating and acknowledge and agree to the liability provisions in M.C.A. 20-5-420, for the self-administration of medication.

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