Good health is essential to effective living and learning. The Williamson County Schools Health Services Department is committed to reducing health-related barriers to learning while providing students with a healthy environment.
Williamson County Schools has a licensed nurse assigned to each school. These nurses train staff to meet health needs for students and are available during the school day.
Parents need to be aware of the WCS Medication Protocol that may affect their child if their child must take medication, either prescription and/or non-prescription, during the school day. All medications, both prescription and non-prescription, must be brought in by the parent/guardian for their child with the appropriate completed authorization form. Parents can view authorization forms by going to WCS Health Services Website, clicking on forms and choosing the form they wish to view.
The proper authorization procedure must be completed before the medication can either be administered by the student or with assistance by staff during the school day. Students are not allowed to carry medications in the school setting except those for use in an emergency situation and prescribed by the child’s healthcare provider.
According to Tennessee law, students who have not met the State’s Immunization Requirements will not be allowed to attend school. That is why parents are being urged to contact their family physician as soon as possible to make sure their child’s immunization requirements have been met before the first day of school, which is Friday, August 7.
New TN Department of Health Certificates of Immunization will be required prior to the first day of attendance for WCS students entering WCS Day Care, a WCS pre-kindergarten program (if not already in compliance), kindergarten and seventh grade. Parents and guardians must receive the properly completed certificate from the TN Health Department or a healthcare provider licensed in Tennessee.
If students have medical needs requiring accommodations for them to be able to participate in their education, in a school setting, or needs for individualized health care plans or potential emergency medical needs requiring a plan to be in place, a school nurse will work with the student’s parent/guardian and health care provider as needed to develop the plans and/or accommodations needed to aid in the student’s safety and well-being in the school setting.
For questions regarding medications, procedures and authorization forms, a parent/guardian may contact the school nurse at his or her child’s school.