An educated mind starts with a healthy body
Chelsea public school nurses are an integral part of the CPS educational team, dedicated to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the students. We strive to advance the health of the students by removing medical barriers to enhance optimal learning. The nurses work with families, school staff, and providers to promote effective health care programs in the Chelsea school community.
Philosophy of School Health
The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as: "A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong 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."
Schools are required by Massachusetts General Law to provide health screenings for students (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000) and follow up with the results of these screenings with families and referrals to primary health care providers as necessary.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach for early identification and intervention with students whose patterns of alcohol and/or drug use put their health at risk.
SBIRT screening will be completed in two grades- 7th and 9th starting in 2017-2018 and this school year the CPS nursing team will complete CAMS grade 7 as a pilot for this year only.
The district is continuing to monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations regarding precautions and recommendations about the virus. According to the CDC, this remains a rapidly evolving situation, and new guidance will continue to come out as more is learned about specific risks linked to Zika virus infection. Resources, guidelines and updated information can be found at mass.gov/dph by clicking on the link for Zika. The district will update families of any effects precautions and travel guidelines could have on school-sponsored student trips should the situation change.
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