About Health Services
Health Services at West Covina Unified School District aims to strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children. Through identification and assisting in the removal or modification of health-related barriers to learning, Health Services contributes directly to the District's overall mission to provide all students with a high quality education in a safe and secure environment.
At the schools, a Health Clerk has been trained in basic CPR/First Aid and provides care to students who visit the School Health Office. Under the supervision of the District Nurses, care provided by the Health Clerk may include basic first aid, medication administration, immunization enforcement, and communicable disease control.
Parents are encouraged to communicate with the School Health Clerk, District Nurses, and Health Services any health related issues so we can better meet your child’s health needs in school to promote the best learning environment possible for your student.
School Nurses have been a part of the school setting since the late 1800's when they provided student inspections to identify those with communicable diseases requiring treatment.
Since then, the role of School Nurses has evolved. They serve as the primary health care providers within the educational environment. They promote each student's attainment of optimum health status, physical and mental. Equally important is their role in facilitating the educational process by identifying and assisting in the elimination or modification of health-related barriers that prevents students from achieve their fullest potential as a learner and a person.
A School Nurse is a Registered Nurse (R.N.); has a baccalaureate degree; has an additional year of post graduate education related to school health issues and is credentialed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Services of the Credentialed School Nurse:
- Gives emergency care: injury assessments and interventions
- Provides mandated screening
- Detects and monitors health problems which impact student learning
- Plans the control of contagious diseases
- Develops health curriculum
- Coordinates referrals to community agencies
- Provides crisis intervention
- Provides staff development and assists in developing district health policies
- Serves as a health care provider liaison between the school and community
- Plans and implements disaster-preparednes