DCPS receives school nurses through the District of Columbia School Health Nursing Program, a partnership between DC Department of Health (DOH) and Children’s National Medical Center. DOH holds a contract with Children’s National Medical Center and its school nursing division, Children’s School Services, to provide Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to staff school health suites. Each school is staffed with a school nurse who is available to work with DCPS students and families to provide basic health services and to ensure that students in need have quality care during the school day. Each DCPS school is provided part-time or full-time nursing coverage between 8 am–4:30 pm, Mondays–Fridays, during the school year and during the summer if DCPS summer school is in operation at the school site. The nurse works with school staff, as well as families and community resources, to reduce and remove health-related barriers to students’ academic success.
Additional information about the DOH School Health Nursing Program is available on the DOH website.
School Nurses promote a healthy school environment, providing for the physical and emotional safety of the school community.
School nurses also:
Children’s School Services is a subsidiary of Children’s National Medical Center. Health services are managed and administered by Children’s School Services for the Government of the District of Columbia. Student health laws and requirements are developed and regulated by the DC Department of Health.