Working with your School Nurse

Working with Your School Nurse
  • School nurses are members of the education team and support the health of students in schools.  They are skilled professionals, who work closely with the families and school communities.  They are the on-site health resource for all Delaware students.

    Delaware public schools have a full-time school nurse in every school.  Public school nurses obtain certification through the Delaware Department of Education.  They are required to be a Registered Nurse, have 3 years clinical supervised experience, be trained in CPR, and complete the certification program.

    Families are encouraged to work closely with their school nurse regarding their child's health.  Communicating updated health information and collaborating on how to best meet a child's healthcare needs in the school setting are critical for both health well-being and academic success.  The school nurse can assist families to identify local resources and referrals. 

    From time to time, children may need to take medication during the school day.  If your child will need to take medication in school, work closely with your school nurse.  The school nurse can provide information on the state requirements and school policies, including permission forms and information on field trips.
  • The CPR/AED Recommendation document was created by the Child Death Review Commission, Chronic Health Conditions of School Age Children Committee and finalized in Spring 2019. The committee members included representatives from various agencies such as the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Division of Public Health, Nemours, Christiana Care Health Systems, Bayada Health and Delaware School Nurses. The purpose of this document is to support school districts and charter schools as they develop written, school-level protocols for CPR and AEDs. The process is outlined on how to obtain and replace existing AED models, training, maintenance, monitoring and development of a Cardiac Emergency Response Communication Plan.

    Contact Information:

    School Health Services Program Office
    Ann Covey, BSN, RN, NCSN
    Delaware Department of Education
    35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
    Dover, DE 19901
    Phone: 302-857-3356
    Fax: 302-739-6397
Last Modified on December 4, 2020