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School nurses in Missoula

School nurses perform an incredible variety of tasks each day. They are members of the school’s administrative team and often act as advocates for the health and safety needs of children.  They can help a child manage a chronic disease, provide staff training for emergencies, monitor basic hygiene and infection control, assist children with special needs, provide assessment and referrals, review immunization records, administer first aid, dry tears and give hugs. 

However, not all Missoula District One or County schools have a nurse in the building.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 1 school nurse for every 750 students.  Some schools in Missoula have a ration of 1 nurse per 1000 students.

You may contact your child's school regarding a school nurse:

Listing and contact for all Missoula County schools

 

Health Department school nurse support

The Health Department is available to school nurses, and to schools without nurses, for consultation or technical assistance regarding immunization laws, review of records, or other issues as needed.  The Health Dept also advocates on local, state and national levels for better nurse-to-student staffing ratios.  In addition, the Health Dept. can provide on-site school nursing services on a contract basis.

Many schools in the nation do not currently meet the CDC’s goal of 1 nurse to 750 well students, but there is hope ahead. National legislation has been proposed to address this issue – HR 2730 and S 2750.

Check out more about school nurses and school nursing issues:
National Association of School Nurses’ web site.

 

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Immunizations

To prevent epidemics and reduce complications and deaths, all states have laws requiring all children to be immunized against many preventable diseases. 

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Head lice

Lice - National Institute for Health

Lice - AAP Publication

 

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Infectious (contagious) diseases

Many diseases are infectious, meaning that they can easily be passed from one person to another, often through coughing or sneezing.

Reduce your child's chances of getting an infectious disease:
Reduce the chances that your child will pass their infectious disease along to others:

Infectious disease information

Infectious disease at school - Center for Disease Prevention and Control

 

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Healthy eating at school

A well-fed child is neither hungry nor overweight, and  has more energy for learning and activity than a hungry child.  What a child eats for lunch at school has a profound impact on his or her academic future.

The CATCH program (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is a cutting-edge program to increase healthy eating and physical activity in elementary students.  It builds an alliance among parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime.

How to apply for a Free or Reduced School Lunch.

Eat Smart - for school aged children.

Missoula schools wellness policy and food guidelines

For a home-packed lunch:

Let's Move Missoula - physical activity at school and home

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