Physical Health

Role of the School Nurse

The goal of the School Nurse is to work closely with parents, health care providers, school staff and others to coordinate the health care of the student and the school community. School Nurses also provide direct health services to students and as needed, train and delegate to unlicensed personnel who work with students identified as having complex medical needs.

School Nurses develop health care plans to ensure the safety of students with significant health concerns, ensure immunizations are compliant with State law, assist with screenings and provide overall health guidance at school.  School Nurses are an integral part of the Special Education Team and are responsible for a portion of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that pertains to the students' health and participate in developing IEP accommodations related to health needs.  This includes the responsibility for students needing 504 plans written in accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act for a medical reason.   

Role of the Health Room Staff


All schools have a Health Room staff person who carries out health-related duties during the day.  Other staff members help fill this role in their absence.  The Health Services Department provides oversight of Health Room staff and other unlicensed school personnel who are trained to respond to the immediate health needs of students.  Typically, Health Room staff and other staff members are not medical professionals but all have First Aid/CPR and AED training. 

Please contact your school nurse or health room if you have questions or if your student has health needs.  You can also visit the BVSD Health Services page for information about immunizations, medications, health forms and other district health policies.

Health Conditions

ADHD is a common disorder often diagnosed in childhood and lasting into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have difficulty with attention and impulse control.

Read More about ADHD

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. ASD refers to a broad range of symptoms pertaining to difficulties with communication and interactions.

Read More about Autism

Information for newly diagnosed students with Diabetes or students just starting school:

Contact your school to schedule a meeting with the school nurse.  The school nurse will want to talk with you prior to school starting to gather information, review provider orders and develop a health care plan. 

Read More about Diabetes

BVSD Food Services is able to accommodate many food restrictions and other dietary needs.  For example there is a gluten free option every day in every school - every school has a salad bar that is completely gluten free. 

Read More about Dietary Needs

If your student has been diagnosed with epilepsy or a seizure disorder, you will want to contact the nurse so staff can be informed and training conducted, if necessary. Your child may have medications, and you will want to have it available at school so that your student can be treated immediately if needed.

Read More about Epilepsy/ Seizures

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Health Resources

Meet our Health Room Staff

Linda Patterson

Nurse, Medicaid Program

Michele Vereerstraeten

Paraeducator, Healthroom

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