As health care professionals, Killingly Public School Nurses support the health and educational success of children and youth by striving to create a caring and healthy environment that emphasizes the emotional, intellectual, physical and social development of each child. The school nurse links the health service program within the school and the community.
Susan Spagnuolo RN, Head Nurse
Our vision for the students in the Killingly Public School addresses the needs of the whole child. Every school nurse plays a vital role in some or all of the eight components listed below to make our vision possible.
School health services: assessing student health status, providing emergency care, ensuring access to health care and identifying and managing barriers to student learning.
Health education: providing resources and expertise in developing health curricula and providing health information.
Health promotion for faculty and staff: providing health information and health promotion activities, monitoring chronic conditions and maintaining records.
Counseling, psychological and social services; collaborating with counseling staff to identify student psychosocial problems and to provide input and intervention.
School nutrition services; providing education about nutritious foods, monitoring menus and food preparation and encouraging the inclusion of healthy food and menus, in vending machines and for classroom snacks.
Physical education programs; collaborating with physical educators to meet physical education goals, providing information to students about physical activity, and helping to design appropriate programs for student with special health concerns.
Healthy school environment; monitoring, reporting and intervening to correct hazards, collaborating to develop a crisis intervention plan, and providing adaptations for students with special needs.
Family and community involvement; taking a leadership role in collaborating with community agencies to identify and provide programs to meet the physical and mental health needs of children and families.