School health services are a significant component in a continuum of care from the family to the community care system. Healthy students learn better! Seven itinerant registered nurses provide services to students with documented needs and serve as resources to clusters of schools in managing the special health care and medical needs that affect students’ ability to be successful in school. Their focus is on health services, health education, and safe school environment. Three nurses serve special needs students. School clinic workers support the schools in attending to the needs of sick and injured children. They monitor immunization records and notify parents/guardians of the need to update immunizations. All clinic workers are certified in CPR and first aid.
Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Safe and drug-free school environments are essential for student success. Numerous studies have shown that students who do not feel safe and students who are not free of the effects of drugs and alcohol cannot achieve their full academic potential. MCSD supports programs that prevent violence in and around schools, prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, and are coordinated with other efforts in order to support student academic achievement.
The School Nutrition Program serves an average of 25,000 lunches and 8,000 breakfasts every day, providing nutritious and economical meals for the students and staff. The required USDA meal patterns are used in planning breakfast, lunch, and snack menus. Staff members are available to make menu modifications for children who have special health needs or food restrictions.
Health and Fitness Program
The Elementary Health and Fitness Program gives students in grades five through eight an opportunity to improve their quality of life through a positive decision-making process about health choices.