The overarching goal of the District of Columbia School Health Services Program (SHSP) is to improve the health of students, enabling them to thrive in the classroom and beyond by creating greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health. The SHSP is aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model which calls for greater collaboration across multiple sectors and stakeholders. The WSSC model includes 10 components that puts the student at the center while stressing the need for coordination among policy, process and practice. Components of the model are addressed by members of the school team, families, community-based organizations, and District agencies to meet student needs and improve the life trajectory for each child.
DC Health provides school health services to over 70,000 students in more than 175 DC public and public charter schools. This number continues to expand yearly as new school health suites are approved. School health suites are staffed with a combination of Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), and Allied Health Professionals. All health suite staff collaborate with school personnel to provide basic health services and ensure that student health needs are met during the school day.
Responsibilities of School Health Suite Staff:
Provision of clinical services to children with special health care needs
- Bladder catheterization
- Glucose monitoring and surveillance
- Prescribed medication administration, e.g. albuterol, insulin, diastat
- Oxygen therapy
- Tracheostomy care
- Tube feedings
Assessment and short-term management of acute illness and injury
Follow-up and chronic disease self-management support
Review and assessment of submitted Universal Health Certificates (UHC) to determine if a well-child pediatric health visit has occurred, to ensure appropriate preventive health services and referrals have been made (including but not limited to immunizations and screenings for vision, hearing and development/behavior), to assess chronic care needs, and to identify health needs during the school day.
Responsibilities of School Personnel:
- Provide, communicate, and implement school safety and emergency plans
- Ensure required health forms for every child in the school building are returned every year
- Maintain trained staff to administer appropriate medications in the school building and during field-trips
- Provide basic first aid including adhesive bandages for minor abrasions or lacerations
- Activate Emergency Medical System as appropriate
For more information on the School Health Services Program or to request school health services for a school, please contact [email protected].
Parent Feedback Survey
School Health Services Program is committed to providing high quality school health services to your child during the school day. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey. The information you provide will be used to improve the program and ensure continuous high quality services. Your feedback and comments are greatly appreciated and will be kept confidential.
Please click the link below to take the survey. This survey should only take about 8 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open for responses and you are welcome to submit at any time.
- Parent Feedback Survey - English
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- Parent Feedback Survey - Chinese (中文)
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- Parent Feedback Survey - Spanish (Español)
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School Health Forms
- DC Universal Health Certificate
- DC Oral Health Certificate
- Medication and Treatment Authorization Form
- Immunization Requirements
- Immunization Forms
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)