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 life-long 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.
Everyone getting what they need, not just getting the exact same thing.
Being welcomed and embraced as a member who belongs.
The Goshen Community Schools Equity & Inclusion Council began in 2020
and is comprised of GCS staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and students.
Statement of Purpose
The Equity and Inclusion Council works to eliminate the systems in our school culture that sustain bias and discrimination so each student can reach their full potential and supports all stakeholders as they engage fully in this vital work.
Statement of Philosophy
We believe in the people of Goshen Community Schools; students, families, teachers, staff, administration, and school board. These people represent a wealth of diversity in nationality, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and abilities; yet, many are excluded based on these qualities and feel that they do not belong. Individually and collectively, the people of GCS must eliminate the systems in our dominant culture that sustain this bias and oppression so that each student can reach their full potential.
Eliminating bias and oppression is the focus of the Equity and Inclusion Council. However, it is not solely the responsibility of this council. We expect everyone to be involved in this vital work of restorative justice to heal historic traumas and to strengthen relationships in our community. This work is long-term in nature and will need to be pursued at systemic, professional, cultural, and personal levels. We challenge all to do this with courage, humility, empathy, and a curiosity to learn through sharing stories and listening to one another.
Alia Byrd Chamberlain EL Teacher
Rafael Chavez y Moreno GMS Spanish Teacher
Jan Desmarais-Morse GMS School Counselor
Ana Diaz-Loucks GMS Spanish Teacher
Robin Ebright Zehr Parent
José Elizalde School Board Member
Julian Gonzalez GMS Digital Media Teacher
Dr. Steve Hope Superintendent
Larry Kissinger Director of Athletics
Jackie Jones GHS Life Skills Teacher
Amanda Qualls School Board Secretary
Maria Sanchez Schirch School Board Member
Lavonne Shetler GHS English Teacher
Darin Short Consultant, Columinate
Lori Shreiner Director of Sec. Ed/Equity & Inclusion