Nursing & Student Health Services

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.

nurse examining student

Our Services

Why We Need School Nurses

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.

Specialized Care

DPS School Nurses provide a broad array of services, addressing:

  • Urgent physical/emotional health
  • Chronic physical/emotional health
  • Students with special needs
  • Medical case management
  • School staff trainings
  • Health screenings
  • Communicable disease management
  • Health needs management for field trips, before- and after-school care and extended school year programs

Need Help? Contact Us!


Manager: Kathrine Hale

780 Grant St, 2nd floor
Denver, CO 80203

School nurses often address many areas to support students, families and educators, including:

  • Academics
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Attendance
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Broken bones
  • Bullying
  • Child abuse
  • Chronic conditions
  • CPR
  • Cutting
  • Deafness
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Disabilities
  • Emergency care
  • Environmental issues
  • Epilepsy
  • Family intervention
  • Food allergies
  • First aid
  • Gastrostomy tubes
  • Grieving
  • Head injury
  • Health promotion
  • Home visits
  • Immunizations
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Inclusion
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Kidney disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Learning disabilities
  • Lupus
  • Lymphoma
  • Medications
  • Medicaid
  • Mental health nutrition
  • Neglect
  • Neuromuscular health
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Pediculosis
  • Public health
  • Prevention
  • Quality of life
  • Rashes
  • Resiliency model screening
  • Scoliosis
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tooth decay
  • Trauma
  • Ticks
  • Universal precautions
  • Vital signs
  • Vision screening
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Weight management
  • Wheezing
  • Wheelchair
  • X-rays
  • Xerosis
  • Youth Development
  • Youth risk behaviors
  • Zero tolerance for bullying

School Nurses can assist with concerns or questions related to:

  • Student Physical/Emotional Well-being
  • Student Injuries or Illnesses
  • Student Attendance
  • Students with Special Needs
  • Students with Chronic Conditions
  • Students with Urgent Needs
  • Health and Wellness Resources
  • Medications or Treatments for Students
  • Students with Vision or Hearing issues
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Community Partnerships
  • Student IEP, Health Care Plan or 504
  • Health Promotion and Education

Please contact your school nurse when you have:

  • Concerns you may have during school field trips
  • New information regarding student health issues
  • A student is taking/carrying new medication
  • Questions or concerns
  • 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.