The School Nurse Exchange provides a collection of resources for school nurses to keep abreast of current trends and best practices in the leadership and delivery of school based health services. This webpage will serve as a vehicle for exchanging ideas and suggestions to support school nurse programs across Georgia. Information and resources are not meant to be comprehensive.
School Nurse Updates are face-to-face school nurse trainings provided four times a year by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Topics vary and are always pertinent to the area of school health.
School Nurse Update Registration Link
- E-Cigarette School Toolkit
- E-Cigarette Fact Sheet
- Sample letter to parents about E-Cigarettes
- E-Cigarettes: Information for Parents, Educators, & Health Care Workers (CDC)
- Combating the Opioid Crisis: Schools, Students, Families
- Dose of Reality (Preventing Opioid Abuse in Georgia)
- Treatment Resources
- Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative
- Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center
The American Lung Association's Asthma Basics course is a free one-hour interactive online learning module designed to help people learn more about asthma. This course is ideal for frontline healthcare professionals, such as school nurses or community health workers, as well as individuals with asthma, parents of children with asthma, and co-workers, friends and family who want to learn more about asthma.
Asthma Basics also includes comprehensive resources, including asthma medication devices and demonstration videos and downloads.
Zika Virus Response Planning: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed interim guidance for kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) district and school administrators for public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection. This guidance is intended to address concerns about the risk for Zika virus infection in K–12 schools in the United States, provide school districts with information for planning school-related activities, and recommend actions that can be taken, in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials, to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission on school premises and among students. This guidance provides an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities of public health authorities and school officials, describes prevention measures that schools can take to reduce mosquito exposure, and provides information on responding to a case of travel-associated Zika virus infection or confirmed local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus.
To view the Zika Virus Response Planning: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators, access this link: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/schools.html
SB 126 Update
As many of you know, the Georgia General Assembly State Bill 126 was passed to authorize elementary and secondary schools in public and private school settings to stock a supply of albuterol/levalbuterol and administer to any child believed in good faith to be experiencing respiratory distress. This goes along with the school system already being able to stock Epinephrine Auto-Injector in the school setting for treatment of perceived anaphylaxis. Please read and print a copy of the Toolkit for the Administration of Epinephrine and Albuterol/ Levabuterol in the School Setting provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health. In the upcoming weeks, the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health will be filming webinars that will assist in the training of clinical and non-clinical school system employees. This law will protect both the licensed practitioner who prescribes the medication and any school personnel who in good faith administers or chooses not to administer levalbuterol sulfate to a student . Please continue to check the School Nurse Exchange for updates regarding training on this bill.
Important Measles Information
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is confirming the state’s first reported case of measles since 2012. The infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside of the U.S. and is being cared for at Egleston at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). DPH is working with CHOA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the patient and to prevent further spread of measles.
Measles is a highly contagious, serious respiratory disease. It is particularly dangerous for infants who cannot be immunized until they are at least six months old and young children who have only received one dose of measles vaccine.
Measles spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and respiratory droplets travel through the air. Measles virus can live in the air and on surfaces for two to three hours. Almost everyone who has not been vaccinated will get measles if they are exposed to the virus.
Measles generally can be prevented through vaccination. The measles vaccine (MMR) is highly effective, in most cases about 97 percent effective.
Measles Vaccine Information
The best way to prevent measles is for all children to be fully vaccinated on time. There are two combination vaccines used to prevent measles: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine.
Measles Information for Schools and Child Care
Information for reporting and handling measles case-patients and outbreaks for school health personnel and child care settings.
- Reporting Measles - All suspect cases of measles should be reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health immediately. Find out more about what needs to be reported, who needs to report diseases, which forms to use and where to find out more about the disease.
- Measles Case Report Form
This link provides great information on this year's outbreak as well as measles information and resources.
Visit the Georgia Department of Public Health web page link for current information and resources. Click here for measles information from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Important Information Regarding Ebola Virus Disease
School Nurses and school health staff are encouraged to review infectious disease guidelines and checklists to ensure that you understand Ebola, how it is transmitted and what precautions are necessary to protect the public and health care providers. It is critical that all members of the health care team have appropriate knowledge, education and personal protective equipment to ensure safety and effectively provide care to patients.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola page for the most current updates and guidance.
Available for your information are several documents regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) developed by The Georgia Department of Public Health. The document below for Georgia nurses(including school nurses) reviews what signs and symptoms to watch for and what precautions need to be taken.
The Georgia Department of Public Health requested our assistance in sharing with all school districts the following guidance letter regarding the Ebola virus.
If you have any questions, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) at 1-866-PUBHLTH (1-866-782-4584) or the DPH Epidemiology Section at 404-657-2588.
School Nurse Training Opportunities
Managing Asthma Triggers Nurse Trainer
This workshop teaches how school nurses can influence and create a healthy learning environment. This course covers improving Indoor Air Quality and increasing awareness of potential asthma triggers within the school environment to reduce asthma episodes. Participants will learn about extensive resources available from the Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools Program. Call 404-657-8309 to schedule a workshop for your district school health staff.
Visit this web page frequently for updated school nurse information.