State law addresses Coordinated School Health, but not WSCC.
Mississippi Administrative Code 7-3-38.9 Criteria for School Nurse (Registered Nurse) & Licensed Practical Nurse Working in the School Setting
- PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention of illness and disabilities and the early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse promotes and protects the health status of students and staff through functions in all areas of Coordinated School Health.
g. HEALTH PROMOTION FOR STAFF
- i. Screen and counsel school employees as needed.
- ii. Administer/provide influenza vaccinations for staff upon request.
- iii. Provide staff with in-service training programs on health-related issues
Mississippi Code 41-79-5 School nurse intervention program
(2) By the school year 1998-1999, each public school district shall have employed a school nurse, to be known as a Health Service Coordinator, pursuant to the school nurse intervention program prescribed under this section. The school nurse intervention program shall offer any of the following specific preventive services, and other additional services appropriate to each grade level and the age and maturity of the pupils:
- (a) Reproductive health education and referral to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, which education shall include abstinence;
- (b) Child abuse and neglect identification;
- (c) Hearing and vision screening to detect problems which can lead to serious sensory losses and behavioral and academic problems;
- (d) Alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse education to reduce abuse of these substances;
- (e) Scoliosis screening to detect this condition so that costly and painful surgery and lifelong disability can be prevented;
- (f) Coordination of services for handicapped children to ensure that these children receive appropriate medical assistance and are able to remain in public school;
- (g) Nutrition education and counseling to prevent obesity and/or other eating disorders which may lead to life-threatening conditions, for example, hypertension;
- (h) Early detection and treatment of head lice to prevent the spread of the parasite and to reduce absenteeism;
- (i) Emergency treatment of injury and illness to include controlling bleeding, managing fractures, bruises or contusions and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
- (j) Applying appropriate theory as the basis for decision making in nursing practice;
- (k) Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive school health program;
- (l) Developing individualized health plans;
- (m) Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programs and other school health activities, in collaboration with other professionals;
- (n) Providing health education to assist students, families and groups to achieve optimal levels of wellness;
Tools That Work: Your Guide to Success Building a Healthy School
This toolkit is a guide to resources to help school districts and schools implement components of coordinated school health and promotes the WSCC model.