Health Services

General Information

Health Services Mission

The Health Services Department is a combination of health education and physical education. It includes a planned, sequential K-12 program that integrates information about specific health topics. The mission is to provide students with a program that is capable of enhancing the quality of life, raising the level of health, and favorably influencing the learning process.

Expected long-term program benefits include:

  • Fewer risk taking behaviors that contribute to disease, injury, and death
  • Better establishment of positive behaviors that promote health
  • Better morale and productivity and less absenteeism by students
  • Fewer instances of students dropping out of school due to health related behaviors (e.g. pregnancy, alcohol, and drug use)
  • Better health educated citizenry, more capable of handling future decisions regarding such issues as environmental hazards, safety, and health laws thus reducing medical care costs to society
  • Increased number of students acknowledging the value of abstinence from sexual intercourse until marriage
  • Proper skill development and behaviors for experience in a minimum of three (3) lifetime activities

The major components of Health Services:

  • Safe environment
  • Physical education
  • Health education
  • Staff wellness
  • Health services
  • Mental and social health
  • Nutrition services
  • Parent involvement

The Director of Health Services:

  • Coordinates and plans with various health agencies in the community, both public and private, in the implementation of health services
  • Provides direction for instruction of the Healthful Living Curriculum, K-12, within the system and the individual schools
  • Directs the development and implementation of a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate drug abuse prevention curriculum, K-12
  • Coordinates special health education activities based on the needs of students, schools, and faculty
  • Coordinates, plans, monitors, and serves as a resource to clarify policies and procedures for school medication program
  • Serves as a liaison between the school system, parents, and community agencies, to include public speaking and consultation
  • Coordinates the activities of the School Health Advisory Council and Safe and Drug-Free Schools Advisory Council to include quarterly meetings and committee meetings

County Public Health Department Prepares for COVID-19

Cumberland County Schools (CCS) officials continue to follow the guidance of local, state and federal health officials with regard to all communicable diseases.

While we are not aware of any confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Cumberland County, we continue to remind our school community that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same preventions that are recommended for the spread of the flu and common cold. We encourage students and staff to use the following guidance to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Encourage 20-second handwashing by staff and student
  • Teach and encourage the “cover your cough” method
  • Promote the use of tissues when sneezing, coughing, or blowing their nose and discarding tissue after one use
  • Notify parents of any student with respiratory symptoms and/or fever
  • A student who displays signs or symptoms of illness will be encouraged to see their health care provider
  • No student shall return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, even if they feel better
  • Encourage staff and students to get their annual flu shot
  • Provide handwashing videos to principals to use as a teaching tool
  • Wipe down classroom manipulatives daily
  • Clean common surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards

Individuals who have health concerns should contact their personal health care provider. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 3, 2020
        

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