Welcome to Health Services

  • Renton School District 's Health Services Department is strongly committed to student health and well-being. A child who is not healthy is unlikely to be alert, attentive, and ready to learn (NASN, 2002). A comprehensive school health program promotes student success. Renton School District has the equivalent of 13.6 full-time school nurses who provide nursing services in all of our elementary and secondary schools. Each school nurse has completed a four-year bachelor's degree program in nursing, holds a current Registered Nurse license, and is required to have a Washington State Educational Staff Associate (ESA) School Nurse certificate. Many school nurses have advanced degrees and additional health education training. Renton School District Nurses are also required to hold current First Aid and CPR cards. This comprehensive preparation is increasingly important as more and more students are attending school with severe and life-threatening medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, food allergies, injuries, and birth defects. The School Nurse serves as the health professional for the school community and provides a variety of services that support student learning. School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to  develop their full potentials (NASN, 2016b). The nurses provide direct services on a part time basis in most of our schools. Nursing services are available on an on call basis when the nurse is not at the school site.
    Our Comprehensive School Health Program includes school health services, health education, and health promotion:

    School Health Services
    • Preventative and early identification services including screening programs for vision and hearing
    • Emergency care for illness and injuries, and referral
    • Management of acute and chronic health conditions
    • Medication administration and monitoring
    • Management and monitoring of communicable diseases
    • Immunization compliance
    Health Education
    • Assistance and support of District Health Curriculum to facilitate student's development of health knowledge, attitudes, and skills
    • Health information and referral resource support for school staff
    Health Promotion
    • Partnering with parents and school community to promote wellness and prevention
    • Supporting a healthy school environment which includes a safe physical and psychological environment