Nursing Services promotes optimal physical, social, and emotional wellness of our school community. Our focus is to enhance the educational process by maximizing and protecting the overall health status of school age youth.
We believe that good health enables all students to benefit from the education experience leading to productive living and a successful future. School nurses actively promote healthy life style choices, strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting children’s health status, and are advocates for school age children.
Unique stressors present in an urban society (i.e., poverty, unemployment, homelessness, teen-age pregnancy, high drop-out rates, lack of health insurance) complicate the attainment of an optimal level of wellness. Illness and disability are prevented by the early detection and correction of health problems. Prevention and intervention activities can reduce high risk behaviors. The quality and quantity of education of each student is directly proportionate to the physical, social, and emotional level of health.
Approximately 26% of school-aged children have chronic health conditions. Health-related problems can play a major role in limiting student academic success. To learn, students must in school, safe and ready to learn. School nurses provide support by providing health services so students can attend school, supporting the removal of barriers so students have access to educational opportunities, and provide specialized services for students with special health and social-emotional needs.
DPS School Nurses provide a broad array of services, addressing:
720-423-1416 | F: 720-423-1522
Manager: Donna J. Shocks, MSN, CNS, RN
Supervisor: Jean Lyons, BSN, RN, NCSN
780 Grant St, 2nd floor
Denver, CO 80203
School nurses often address many areas to support students, families and educators, including:
School Nurses can assist with concerns or questions related to:
Please contact your school nurse when you have:
Colorado law requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless a medical or non-medical exemption is filed. For more information about vaccine requirements, resources and exemptions, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s School Immunization page.
Please use this form for general medication and medical treatment orders. This form is not recommended for students needing Albuterol for asthma or an Epi-Pen for anaphylaxis at school.
For students requiring rescue medication for asthma (Albuterol) or anaphylaxis (Epi-Pen), please use the approved medication order – action plans. Those can be found on this site in the Asthma and Anaphylaxis sections.
The Anaphylaxis Medication Order and Plan is the preferred document for students with severe allergies who may need an Epi-Pen at school. If the student requires other medications to treat allergies, such as Benadryl, please use the general medication form.
The asthma medication order and plan is the preferred document for students with asthma.
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