School Nurses

  • The school nurse is a registered nurse with a public health certificate. Additionally, she or he is credentialed in health services by the Teacher's Commission on Credentialing. Functions of the school nurse include but are not limited to state mandated hearing and vision screening and scoliosis screening. School nurses supervise unlicensed personnel in the health office in medication administration, first aid and specialized procedures. Generally, school nurses work at several school sites so they must respond to emergencies by phone. The nurse is a member of the special education team where she serves as a consultant. The school nurse also assists families and students by offering counseling and referrals to physicians, mental health workers, and dentists as well as other public agencies. The school nurse is the supervising staff member on campus educated in health care and is often the first contact for children with health problems. The school nurse also works with families to ensure that they are meeting the State requirements for entrance to school.

Health Clerks

  • Each of our sites has a Health Clerk available to assist you with the health needs of your student. Our health clerks are supervised and trained by our school nurses. They are first aid and CPR certified. Health clerks work hand in hand with their school nurse, to ensure appropriate services are available for each student.

    In addition to working with the nurses, health clerks provide a variety of services. For example, they assist students on a daily basis who are ill or injured, dispense medications, review immunizations, maintain health records, and provide medical procedures under the direction of the school nurse. Please contact them if you have any questions about your student's health related needs.


    Is your child healthy?
    Regular health care and health checkups are important.

    Your child can get a health check-up at no cost from the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program if he/she:

    • Is under 21 years of age and on Medi-Cal
    • Is under 19 years of age and from a low-income family
    • Attends a Head Start or state preschool
    • Is in foster care


    How do you get a CHDP health check-up?

    • Call 619-692-8808 to find a CHDP doctor or clinic near you. If you already have a doctor, ask if he/she provides CHDP health check-ups
    • Call the doctor's office or clinic and request to make an appointment for a CHDP health check-up


    Before your appointment:

    • Make a list of any questions you may have about your child's health
    • Bring Medi-Cal card (if you have one), any school or sports forms that need to be filled out, and your child's immunization record


    Why should your child have health check-ups?

    • Identify medical, dental and behavioral health problems
    • Get needed shots
    • Ask your doctor questions

    A health check-up includes:

    • Physical exam
    • Health and developmental history
    • Needed shots
    • Nutritional, behavioral, vision, hearing, and oral health screenings
    • Lab tests for anemia, lead, tuberculosis, and other problems, as needed
    • Health information
    • Any needed referrals

    For more information, call 619-515-6555

    County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Services, Maternal, Child, and Family Health Services

    County of San Diego
    1600 Pacific Highway, Room 206
    San Diego, CA 92101