Health and Wellness 


Develops school health policies and coordinates with schools and the community to provide mental health services and programs.

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The DCPS Office of Youth Engagement, Health and Wellness Team works to support the emotional health of students, develop health literacy, and empower students to access health services and make decisions that promote the health and well being of themselves and others.
We want to make sure your child is healthy and safe so he or she can achieve at the highest levels at school. The Health and Wellness Team is responsible for school-based health policies and the coordination of school- and community-based services and programs for mental health. 


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Enrollment Forms and Immunizations

To prepare for enrollment, please make sure your children are up-to-date with student health forms and immunizations. Unless you obtain a medical or religious exemption, DC law requires your child to receive immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, mumps, measles, rubella, polio, Haemophilus influenza type (Hib), hepatitis B, and varicella in order to attend school. 

Your child may require additional grade-or age-specific immunizations. Annual physicals are required and should be documented on the Universal Health Certificate.

Find out more information about enrollment »

View more information about DCPS immunization requirements »

Visit DC Department of Health for additional information »

School Nursing Program

School nurses promote a healthy school environment and provide for the physical and emotional safety of the school community. School nurses are trained to assist students with asthma or other allergies. We partner with the Department of Health and Children’s National Medical Center to ensure that each DCPS school has no less than part-time nursing coverage during the school year and during the summer if DCPS summer school is in operation at the school site.

Download the school nurse brochure.

Enterovirus 68

Learn more about Enterovirus 68.
Letter from DC Department of Health

Medications at School

Whenever possible, administer medications at home. If your child needs to take medication during school hours, please have your medical provider complete the appropriate forms (Medication and Treatment Authorization Form, Asthma Action Plan, Action Plan for Anaphylaxis) available below or from your school nurse. 

Submit the completed forms to the school nurse. Please contact your principal or school nurse if you have any questions.


Mental Health Support

School mental health and social services in DCPS are provided by school social workers, psychologists and counselors. Additionally, our partner agencies, including the Department of Mental Health, have implemented evidence-based programs that target specific issues such as school culture and climate, substance use, self-confidence, and mental health. 

For more information, speak with your school’s mental health team.

School-Based Health Centers

School-based health centers bring the services of a doctor’s office to schools so students can prevent health-related absences. The centers are open during school hours and staffed with health professionals. 

DCPS currently has two centers, at Eastern High School and Woodson High School. Three additional centers will open in Winter 2011 at Anacostia, Ballou and Coolidge high schools. A community health center also operates at Marie Reed Elementary School.

New Heights Teen Parent Program

Pregnant and parenting students have the right to remain in their schools and participate in all school programs. Our New Heights Teen Parent Program provides pregnant and parenting DCPS students with the assistance, support and guidance they need to handle the responsibilities of raising a child and graduating from high school. 

New Heights participants may be eligible for educational, employment, housing, support services and information about community resources until their 20th birthday. Contact the Anacostia SHS office at 202-645-4040, or the Cardozo SHS office at 202-671-1995.

Wrap MC Condom Availability Program

We have adopted DOH’s Wrap MC Condom program in all high schools, where trained school staff provide condoms to students as part of a comprehensive health education program for students in grades 9–12. Condoms are also available through the school nurse.

Visit the Department of Health for more information.

Parent Materials on Human Sexuality

Parents play a key role in children’s health and learning. DCPS has partnered with Advocates for Youth (AFY) to make many of AFY’s Parents Sex Ed Center resources available to the DCPS community.

Find out more information on parent resources.

Free Medical Care

The DC Healthy Families program provides free coverage for working families who live in DC, do not have health insurance and meet program income eligibility requirements. For more information on how to apply for DC Healthy Families, call 1-888-557-1116.

Visit DC Healthy Families for more information

Local Wellness Policy

DCPS developed a new Local Wellness Policy (LWP) in 2011, in collaboration with local and national experts in nutrition and physical activity, school staff and parents. Student feedback was also incorporated into the new policy. 

The LWP articulates how DCPS plans to implement nutrition and physical activity programming towards the following goals: promoting healh education and healthy behaviors; offering healthy food to students, and increasing physical activity of students before, during and after the school day. 

The new LWP includes a check list for schools to use to guide implementation of the LWP in their school community and ensure compliance with federal and local laws related to LWPs.

DCPS Local Wellness Policy

Local Wellness Policy Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

April 5, 2011 May 3, 2011 June 7, 2011
July 5, 2011 Oct. 25, 2011  

Consent to Share Student Health Records

The purpose of this consent is to allow key school–based staff members (such as the principal, school nurse, nurse case managers, 504 Coordinators, and Special Education staff members) who work with students to share health-related educational records with external health-related agencies and healthcare providers, including school-based health centers (if there is one located in your school). These staff members and health care providers would then be able to better coordinate health-related services for those students.

Download Consent to Share Student Health Records form »

Meeting Your Child’s Medication and Treatment Needs at School

DCPS wants to make sure your children are healthy and safe so they can achieve at the highest levels at school. DCPS partners with the DC Department of Health (DOH) and the School Nurse Program to ensure that students are able to stay healthy at school. If your child has diabetes, asthma, allergies, or other medical conditions, please follow these important steps below so we can make sure that your child’s medication and treatment needs are met while at school.

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