Substance Abuse Prevention

In 2018 West Virginia led the nation in drug related overdose deaths, each school and county struggles with understanding and finding the resources to support students and their families.  More children are displaced and living with grandparents, extended families, foster homes, homeless, and focused on the trauma experienced events in their lives.  WV public ...

Policies and Laws

The WV State Board of Education promulgates rules also known as policies as allowable by W.Va. Code §18-2-5a.  A comprehensive system has been adopted by the state board of education to maintain, publish, and distribute all policies and to ensure that all applicable laws, regulations and policies are fully observed.  An employee of the ...

Data Sets

Research has shown that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive effect on academic performance.  Schools also play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors.  It is easier and more effective ...

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

In 2017, a total of 194,377 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years, for a birth rate of 18.8 per 1,000 women in this age group.  This is another record low for the U.S. teens and a drop from 7% from 2016.  Still, the United States teen pregnancy rate is substantially higher than ...

Oral Health

Good oral health is an important part of good overall health. Instructional time is lost when students miss school because of toothaches. An estimated 51 million school hours per year are lost nationally due to dental related illness. Overall, children with good oral health spend more time in school learning.  This is the reason ...

Immunizations

Vaccinating on time during childhood is the best way parents can protect their child because it helps provide immunity from 16 potentially life-threatening diseases.  Vaccine preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even deadly in infants and young children.  West Virginia has one of the most effective school-entry vaccine preventable laws ...

School Health Services

School health services intervene with actual and potential health problems, including providing first aid, emergency care and assessment and planning for the management of chronic conditions (such as asthma or diabetes). In addition, wellness promotion, preventive services and staff, student and parent education complement the provision of care coordination services. These services are also ...

West Virginia Certified School Nurse RNs

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities ...

West Virginia Council of School Nurses

The W.Va. Code § 18-5-22 allows for the convening of the WV Council of School Nurse (WVCOSN) by the state board of education.  The purpose of the Council is to develop safe and evidence-based practice standards for school health/nursing services as published in the Basic and Specialized Health Care Procedure Manual for West Virginia Public ...

School Health

West Virginia Council of School Nurses West Virginia Certified School Nurse RNs School Health Services Immunizations Oral Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Data Sets Policies and Laws Substance Abuse Prevention School health includes early detection, referral, prevention and management for optimal physiological, psychological and oral health for all students including those ...

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