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It is essential that Parents/Guardians complete the emergency information for each child electronically via the ASPEN system upon enrollment, annually and throughout the year if contact/medical information changes.
Parents/guardians must complete the ASPEN medical emergency card in its entirety to provide:
-emergency contact information
-consent to release a child to another identified adult in event of illness or emergency in parent/guardian’s absence.
Upon completion of emergency/medical information the parent/guardian’s electronic initials are required in order for the information to process and to authorize the information in effect for each school year.
Annually, and throughout the school if the contact/medical information changes, parents/guardians must review and update all of the emergency contact/medical consent information in the ASPEN emergency/medical fields for each of your children enrolled in DPS.
Parent/Guardian’s electronic initials are required in order for the information to process and to authorize the information in effect for each school year.
Mission of the Department of Nursing Services
The mission of the Health Services Department is to keep Darien students physically, mentally, and socially able to attend school in order to be educated, participate in athletics, extra-curricular programs, and student activities.
The Health Services Department staff is comprised of school nurses, a nursing director, a physician consultant and health services department secretary.
The nurses provide direct care as well as services that promote wellness, promote independence and self-care, encourage healthy choices, as well as prevent, identify, manage, and minimize health related barriers to each child’s education.
The Director of Nursing Services is responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the total school health program.
The school nurse monitors that students have the necessary physical assessments and immunizations in order to attend school.
The school nurse ensures that each student receives the necessary interventions ordered by practitioners that may be needed during school hours as well as performing state mandated health screenings such as vision, hearing and postural screenings.
In addition school nurses manage matters pertaining to public health concerns that may arise in school such as contagious diseases.
Goal of School Nurse:
The goal of the School Nurse is to facilitate keeping the students in school, in class and ready to learn.
School Nurse actions & interventions which promote keeping students in school:
• Promote access to education for all students.
• Provide services that increase school attendance.
• Prevent and control the spread of communicable disease.
• Administer specialized health services to students as directed by Physician Orders.
• Connect families to community services. School Nurses actions which promote keeping student in class:
• Educate students with chronic health conditions and promote age/developmentally appropriate strategies for self-management of chronic condition.
• Provide school staff with tools for promoting student health and safety in the class room
• Promote healthy habits among student and staff. School Nurses actions which facilitate student’s well-being and readiness to learn.
• Identify health concerns that may adversely impact learning. • Encourage student participation in activities that promote healthy behaviors and reduce high risk behaviors.
• Partner with families to enhance their child’s healthy habits.
• Advocate for a healthy school environment.
• Collaborate with healthcare providers for strategies to facilitate optimum school attendance
All nurses in the Darien Public School system are licensed Registered Nurses who also hold a current certification in CPR and AED.
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning." *Adopted by the National Association of School Nurses, June 1999