Health Services

WPSD #1 School Nurse
Currently Williston Public Schools employs one full-time school nurse who also serves as the school nurse coordinator overseeing students and staff of all elementary schools, middle school, and high school. Responsibilities include monitoring acute and chronic health care needs of individual students during the school day, administering student's prescribed medications, creating and overseeing Medical Individualized Education Plans, and 504 Health Care Plans, assessing the status of student's immunization documentation and providing healthcare initiatives within the school. 

Promotion of health and safety for all students is a priority at all buildings along with continuous training, delegation and supervision of all Health Care Assistants.

Definition of School Nursing
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.

Chronic and Acute Illnesses
In case of illness during the school day, a student should report to the nurse's office. Medical attention will be available, including a designated area, should the student need to lie down. Medical supplies, emergency medication and over the counter medication will be available. The student's parent/guardian will be contacted regarding any serious illness or injury and if the student is unable to continue in class.

Any health concerns recognized by school employees will be brought to the attention of the school nurse. A medical assessment will be performed on the student and the parent/guardian will be informed of any concerns.

Prescription medications for the student to take during the school day are required to be kept in a locked medication box in the nurse's office. Any prescription medication to be dispensed during school must be accompanied by a completed Prescription Medication Authorization form. (Middle/High School Form W14, Pre-school/Elementary Form W15) which MUST be signed by the student's parent/legal guardian and the licensed prescriber.

Non-prescription medication (over the counter medications) such as acetaminophen, cough syrup, etc.) will be administered according to the manufacturer's recommendation as written on the package. In addition, a completed Over the Counter (OTC) Medication Authorization form, (W16) must be signed by parent/legal guardian. If written consent is not available a verbal consent will be allowed in certain individual circumstances. Medications must be brought by the parent/guardian to the school in the original container and labeled with the student's name.

All medications must be brought by the parent/guardian to the school in the original container labeled with the student's name.

Health care forms are available at all school offices, CHI St. Alexius, Williston Primary Care and Trinity Community Clinic. Forms can also be located here. A new form must be submitted at the start of each school year or when any changes occur from the original prescription order.