Barnstable School Health Services Grades Pre-K through 12 Pam Ciborowski, RN, MPHNursing and Wellness Coordinator, Barnstable Public Schools
Every Barnstable School Nurse Offices is staffed by registered nurses, who are DESE licensed with either a BSN or Masters degree. In grades 4-12 there are also Health Assistants. School nursing is a specialty whose purpose is to identify and then eliminate or minimize heath/medical barriers to education. During the 2011-2012 school year there were approximately 54,000 office visits and over 12,000 screenings. The goal of the Barnstable School Nurses is "to provide accessible medical care, offer opportunities to learn healthy behaviors through education that meet the ongoing and emerging health needs of the students, provide a safe and healthy environment in which to learn so as to foster optimal education of each student in accordance with the abilities of the students."
Essential School Health Services Program
Under the oversight of the MDPH School Health Unit, the goal of the ESHS grant is to create and/or expand the Essential School Health Service structure and standards throughout Massachusetts. The requirements aim to support high quality school health services in as many school districts and schools as possible, with the budget supporting the school nursing infrastructure at the local level: school nurse staffing, school nursing leader and support personnel. The Barnstable Public School district utilizes the grant for initiatives to improve the quality of services and standardization of practice within the health services at all of the schools. Month data collection is required and submitted to MDPH School Health Unit.
Barnstable School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
This district-wide school health advisory council is an essential component of a successful, comprehensive, coordinated school health program. The council's collective knowledge, expertise,influence, and advocacy can be a powerful force on behalf of the program. As a district-wide advisory body, the council can identify health and social problems related to the community's youth, develop viable solutions, and identify key resources. The SHAC members include the school administration, students, members of the community, and parents.
To learn more about the SHAC or to join the council, please contact Pam Ciborowski, Nurse Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org