School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. Goshen Community Schools provides a school nurse in each building in the corporation ensuring that health services are provided to benefit the health and success of all students.
The goal of the School Nurse is to promote a safe and healthy community in which students will be encouraged to become lifelong learners, self-managers, and self-advocates for their health and education.
How does a School Nurse
Benefit a School
Increase Student Attendance – Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Disease Management improve student attendance
Increase Academic Performance – Improved attendance then increases student achievement and graduation rates.
Increase Instructional Time – Teachers, Principals, and Staff can focus on teaching and serving students.
Major Cost Benefit –
Increase Teacher/Staff Productivity
Decrease Parent loss of workdays
Decrease unnecessary medical care costs
How to Have a Healthy School Year
Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night
Eat a healthy breakfast
Take medicine if needed for colds and other aches and pains before school
Wear clothes appropriate for the weather
Carry a backpack on both shoulders; don’t carry more than 30% of your weight
Wash hands frequently – before eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing or blowing your nose.
Drink plenty of water every day and avoid soda and sugary drinks.
Goshen Community Schools employs a coordinated school health program to help ensure the mental and physical health and wellness of students, staff, and the Goshen community. We have recently approved an updated Wellness Policy based on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC) as established by ASCD and the CDC.
Goshen Community School’s Coordinated School Health Committee supports student achievement by implementing this model to promote student and staff health, safety, and wellness.
The Coordinated School Health Committee meets every other month to create, implement, monitor and evaluate wellness initiatives throughout our schools.
Healthy kids make better students. Better students make healthy communities.