For parents and caregivers, getting ready for school each day means more than making sure kids have their backpacks, lunches and homework.

Child and NurseIt’s also important to make sure the kids have their required immunizations, allergy shots, health physicals and dental checkups.

Good health is important because it will help children perform at their highest levels.

The school nurses can be partners in the process.

In addition to caring for sick children, school nurses throughout the year perform screenings such as vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings. Nurses—and teachers—also are constantly on the lookout for issues that may create barriers to learning, such as malnutrition, poverty and domestic abuse. They both work closely with CHILL mental health counselors on these issues.

In addition, nurses dispense medications. Parents and guardians need to remember to complete the Orange County Public Schools Medication Authorization forms for all student prescription- and over-the-counter medications, including inhalers. You can pick them up at the nurses’ offices.

Although many students already have a medical home, those who don’t, possibly because of a lack of health care insurance, can get help from the nurse practitioners who are based at Glenridge Middle School. These advanced-degree nurses are able to perform additional medical services such as immunizations, medical treatments and physicals and they are able to write prescriptions. Appointments are required.

For more information about these programs, please see the School Nurses and School-Based Health Centers sections under “About CYI.”

Resources

For Parents

The American Academy of Family Physicians operates the helpful website. All of the information has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the organization. The site includes reviews of websites, information on drugs and health conditions as well as stories on different aspects of healthy living.

Florida Hospital and MEDLINEplus direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic including “child and teen health,” authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations.

HealthyChildren.org is a parenting website backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. It features general information on child health, guidance on parenting issues, news and tools and more.

Our Whole Community, founded in 2007 with the support of a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation, is a faith-based organization including nine member churches that collaborates on community health initiatives. Its website features a calendar of healthy activities open to the community ranging from tap dance to Tai Chi. There also is information about locating and participating in local community gardens.

For Kids

BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

BrainPOP is a website that features hundreds of educational topics covering Health along with English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology, all correlated to National Education Standards for Grades 5-8. That just means that it’s stuff that kids will have to know. Well, some of it’s just for fun. But most of it is both educational AND fun.

Brainy Kids Online is a website sponsored by the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs. Brainy Kids features games and activities to challenge the brain, as well as a whole brain atlas, lesson plans for teachers and news.

The Girls Health website was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.