The School Health Manual was created by Nancy Wells and Martha Judson on behalf of the New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association (NHSNA) in order to provide resources on the most important issues and topics for school nurse practice. The NHSNA Board of Directors has always been there, and will continue to be there, for school nurses, partners and our communities. We want to thank all the NHSNA members for supporting their professional organization. NHSNA is the voice of New Hampshire School Nursing and the manual continues that commitment to excellence. ACCESS THE MANUAL
Draft Guidance on Return to School
This is a draft intended to help you plan for your own school guidelines.
May 25, 2020
The NHSNA Return to School Task Force is preparing a protocol for return to school, based on recommendations by the CDC, NH DHHS, and the DOE. We will wait for the Governor’s DOE Task force recommendations as well as for DHHS input before posting a protocol that is evidence based with specific guidance for NH health offices.
Two of our task force members (Karen Hammes and Kathy Barth) have been asked to join the NH Dept. of Education's School Transition Reopening and Redesign Task Force (STRRT). We are thrilled that school nurses will have a voice in formulating our state guidelines. Our work began last Thursday and will continue through the summer. STRTT will have completed the first phase, or Final Draft Recommendations, by the end of June.
Some of you are looking for guidance to close out the current school year. NH DHHS is recommending we use the Stay at Home 2.0 guide to allow staff to enter classrooms, organize, and return items to students.
Ask your staff to follow social distancing rules, require masks when within 6 feet of others, limit numbers of people in the building at one time, require hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer if available, and be clear that anyone with symptoms of illness or a fever may not come in the building. As the school nurse, you are the public health representative to create the best protocol for your building in your district, using Stay at Home 2.0 as your guide.
This “sample” protocol is being posted to assist school nurses with planning. It is not a substitute for nursing judgment and does not dictate an exclusive course of action. State and district laws and policies must be followed. While our students are home and Distance Learning, school nurses can be supportive in a number of ways. School Nurse Protocol for COVID-19 Pandemic Distance Learning Phase -- Updated 4-05-2020
Influenza Like Illness Reporting
The time it takes to report is very small. The impact is quite large!
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School Nurse Connections
This service is provided free of charge by The New Hampshire School Nurses Association for all school nurses, regardless of their membership status. All NH school health personnel working in a school, or agencies that work with school children are encouraged to join. NHSNA board members will be moderating the List. If you would like to join the list, have a question, are seeking information, or have an announcement to share with the List, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org. If joining, please include your full name, workplace and title.
Mission: As registered professional school nurses, we provide comprehensive school health services to ensure that all students achieve their full education potential.
Vision: New Hampshire School Nurses Association (NHSNA) provides leadership and education to support New Hampshire school nurse standards of practice, care coordination, leadership, quality improvement, and community public health. New Hampshire school nurses are committed to promoting the health of students and school communities through evidence based clinical practice, health promotion, and education. NH school nurses are integral members of the school leadership and education teams, and are committed to collaborating with professional organizations and health care teams. Through strength in membership and advocacy, NHSNA creates the infrastructure to promote excellence in school nurse practice across the state.