Health and Wellness 


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

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The DCPS Office of Youth Engagement, Health and Wellness Team builds the capacity of schools to develop and coordinate health services and wellness strategies that empower students to stay engaged in their academics by making healthy decisions and living healthy lives.

We want to make sure your child is healthy and safe so he or she can achieve at the highest levels at school. 

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School Helath Requirements (Health Forms and Immunizations)

Health exams and oral health assessments are required annually.  Students also must be current with their immunizations to attend school. As outlined below, a series of medical forms should be turned in to the school as part of the enrollment process, and any updated forms throughout the school year should be submitted to the nurse.

  • Universal Health Certificate (required annually for all grades, documenting immunizations, tuberculosis assessment, lead screening and a physical exam). If you have questions about DC’s immunization requirements, please discuss them with your child’s physician. You can also contact the DC Department of Health Immunization Division at 202. 576.9325. 
  • Oral Health Assessment (required annually for all grades)
  • Medication and Treatment Authorization Form (as needed)
  • Asthma Action Plan (as needed)
  • Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (as needed)

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. Students in grades 6-10 are also required to receive a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine or submit an opt-out form. Your child may require additional grade-or age-specific immunizations. Immunizations should be documented on the DC Universal Health Certificate. Should you need to file an exemption for vaccines, please contact your school nurse.  Links to all health forms are available at The below forms are available for download, and provide instructions for completion:

School Health Checklist
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Immunization Flyer
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Universal Health Certificate Instructions
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Universal Health Certificate 
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Oral Health Assessment Form
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Local Wellness Policy

DCPS revised its Local Wellness Policy (LWP) in 2014, 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 health education and healthy behaviors; offering healthy food to students, and increasing physical activity of students before, during and after the school day. The 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

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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Whenever possible, administer medications at home. If your child needs to take medication during school hours for medical conditions, including, but not limited to diabetes, asthma and anaphylaxis, 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.

DCPS also requires all schools to identify school staff members that are trained in the administration of certain medications to students. These trained staff can administer certain medications to students with approved medication plans when the school nurse is not available. Speak with your school nurse to learn which school staff are trained.

Food Accomodations

Some students have special dietary needs related to their medical condition, or related to their philosophical or religious beliefs. Learn about submitting a food accommodation for a student with special dietary need


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 full-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.

Free Medical Care and Dental Care

Need health insurance or dental insurance? You may qualify for Medicaid or subsidized health insurance.

Visit DC Health Link for more information

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 seven centers, at Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, Cardozo High School, Coolidge High School, Dunbar High School, Eastern High School and Woodson High School. A community health center also operates at Marie Reed Elementary School.

New Heights Teen Parent Program

The New Heights Program for Expectant and Parenting Students provides expectant and parenting DCPS students (male or female) with the assistance, support and guidance they need to handle the responsibilities of raising a child and graduating from high school. The program seeks to keep students engaged in school, improve the graduation rates of these students, prepare them for college or career, and prevent subsequent pregnancies. 

Students participating in New Heights work as partners with program staff members to develop strengths-based solutions to the challenges confronting them and their children. Primary program components include supportive case management and educational workshops. 

New Heights offers:

  • Supportive case management and assistance with securing services, such as a childcare voucher, WIC, housing, TANF, employment, job training opportunities, college/university admissions and more.
  • Educational workshops including such topics such as pre-natal care, parenting, life skills, financial literacy, career planning, healthy relationships and other issues concerning today’s youth.
  • An incentive program that allows participants to earn free items for their children such as diapers, clothing, toys, equipment, accessories and so much more.
  • If eligible, program participants may receive tokens for transportation and/or a daily stipend.

The following schools have the New Heights program in their buildings, and can be reached at the following phone numbers:


(202) 645-4040


(202) 645-3400

Ballou STAY

(202) 727-5344


(202) 671-1995


(202) 939-7700 ext. 5063


(202) 282-0081


(202) 698-3762

Luke C. Moore

(202) 678-7890


(202) 576-8899

Roosevelt STAY

(202) 576-8399

Washington MET



(202) 282-0120


(202) 939-2030


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Student Engagement

DCPS is working to make schools safe and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, staff, and families.  Research shows that the way schools and families respond to LGBTQ youth can affect their physical health, mental health outcomes, academic outcomes, and their decision-making later in life. As part of a plan to create an inclusive community, DCPS has:

  • Developed anti-bullying and discrimination policies that address bullying and discrimination based upon actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression;
  • Trained school liaisons on how to build an inclusive and welcoming school community by implementing programming to support LGBTQ students, staff and families (i.e., support groups such as Gay-Straight Alliances); and
  • Increased the presence of LGBTQ role models in school curricula and other resources.

Find out more information about our LGBTQ engagement

In addition, DCPS has developed the DCPS Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Policy Guidance, which is intended to be a tool for schools, parents and students to effectively navigate existing laws, regulations and policies that support transgender or gender-nonconforming DCPS students. It provides guidance to ensure that all students are treated equitably and with dignity at school.

Download the DCPS Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Policy Guidance

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. In some schools, students have been trained to provide condoms, as well. 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.

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