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POLICY CODE: JLC-/GCAAB
TO: Superintendents of Schools, School Principals
FROM: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
DATE: March 5, 2001
SUBJECT: Information on school health including the new school nurse consultant
The Department of Education is pleased to inform you that the position of School Nurse Consultant has been filled. DeEtte Hall comes to this position with significant experience in school health and public health. She may be reached at (207) 624-6688 or e-mail email@example.com.
There are several school health issues to bring to your attention.
Please be aware that it is expected that all school
nurses be certified through the Department of Education. This is true regardless of whether they are
employed by the school district, contracted through a community health
organization, or provided through arrangements with Public Health Nursing.
The Coordinated School Health Program web site has been
launched. The web address is www.mainecshp.com. The web site will provide information on
the eight (8) components of school health, a calendar of events, hot topics,
and recourses on school health issues.
The DRAFT Maine School Health Guidelines on the 8 components are
available on the web site for review and comment. Comments are most welcome.
A school nurse survey is being conducted electronically
on the Coordinated School Health Program web site. Please encourage your school nurses to complete this survey if
they have not already done so. School
nurses may access the survey through the CSHP web site www.mainecshp.com. School nurses that provide their e-mail
address through the survey will be added to the new Maine School Nurse
Listserv. This listserv will be a forum
for school nurses to talk with their counterparts throughout the State.
· A school nurse summer institute is being planned for August 13 – 15. The three-day institute will include a day of orientation for new school nurses, a day of train the trainer on ‘medication administration by non-licensed personnel’, and a day of staff development and updates for all school nurses. More information will be forthcoming.