Fairfield School Health Program
The School Health Program in Fairfield is administered by the Health Department with direct oversight from the Department’s Nursing Supervisor. The Department employs and consults with the School Medical Advisor on school health issues. The Board of Health appoints the School Medical Advisor and makes and amends rules for the health services in the schools.
The School Health Programs consist of the following areas:
- Medical services.
- Nursing services.
- Dental services.
- Environmental services.
- Employee health services.
The primary purpose of the Fairfield School Health Program is to facilitate and promote optimal learning for students. The School Health Program includes the following goals:
- To promote early identification and remediation of health problems and needs of students.
- To assist students to assume responsibility for their own health and to develop healthful attitudes and practices.
- To provide health education and counseling for students, school personnel, and parents.
- To provide health services and first aid for students and staff.
- To promote environmental safety and awareness of hazards.
- To maintain a liaison with health care providers and community health programs/agencies.
- To protect the health of students and staff by preventing the outbreak and spread of communicable diseases through enforcement of health laws and school policies.
- To promote school health services as part of the educational process.
The goals and objectives of the Fairfield Schools Health Program are based upon Connecticut State Law pertaining to school health, the policies of the Fairfield Board of Health and Board of Education, and the needs of the school population of students, faculty and staff.
Medical services are provided by the School Medical Advisor who assists with school policy and procedure development, maintains standing orders, carries out in-school health assessments and provides medical consultation.
School Nursing services are provided to schools on a full or part-time basis according to the enrollment and specific health needs of the school population. The school nurse assist students to attain a high level of wellness and is a liaison between education and health care.
The school nurse provides a link between the school, home and community. School nursing services include:
- Emergency first aid care for illness and injuries.
- Administration of medications and other treatments for students with special health care needs.
- Surveillance and control of communicable diseases.
- Screening and referral for vision, hearing, and postural abnormalities.
- Review of health assessments and immunization status to ensure compliance with state law and school district policies. Administration of immunizations in school when needed.
- Development and implementation of Individualized Health Care Plans for students with chronic health conditions.
- Assessment and planning for students being evaluated for special education services.
- Participation on interdisciplinary teams such as the Student Assistance Team.
- Health education and health counseling for students, staff and parents.
- Protection of health and safety of the school population by emergency planning and assessment of environmental health factors.
- Home visits as needed to take student health histories and conduct parents conferences.
- Collaboration with community health cares providers.
- Health promotional activities.
- Providing consultation for health related issues.
- Maintenance of school health records.
The school dental program services are provided by dental hygienists and include:
- Dental health education.
- Dental inspection, prophylaxis and fluoride applications are provided to eligible students.
- Referral to dentists for follow up of identified problems such as caries.
Additionally, the services of a dentist are available for eligible students to evaluate and treat dental problems.
Environmental Health Services
The schools are inspected annually with the general sanitation of each school being surveyed by Registered Sanitarians. The cafeterias are inspected approximately four (4) times a year and if problems are noted corrections are ordered and re-inspections are made. There is close cooperation in this service between the Health Department Sanitarians, Supervisor of the School Lunch Program, School Principals and the Director of Health.
Employee Health Services
Occasionally, School employees have health problems requiring first aid treatment during school hours. School nurses provide care for these problems and also request the voluntary submission of emergency medical information on all employees. This information is filed in a confidential manner but is available to the administrator/nurse in emergencies.
Finally, special health problems concerning employees are handled through the Town Medical Advisor and/or School Medical Advisor as needed.