School health services and programs are designed to support and enhance the student’s academic success by focusing on the health of the whole child. We provide:
- Assessments and evaluations when there are health problems or concerns
- Confidential selective health guidance, counseling and recommendations
- Individualized plans that reduce or eliminate health-related barriers to learning, while reinforcing a safe and healthy environment
- Guidance for first aid and emergency procedures
- A channel of communications connecting home, school, healthcare providers and community agencies
- In-service education on CPR, first aid and medication dispensing for school personnel.
- Staff guidance on compliance with established health laws for the prevention and control of health problems, accidents, injuries, and for maintaining a healthy school environment.
- District leadership to the Sex Education Advisory Committee
- Assistance to health services staff in interpreting state, local and district policies and procedures.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL SICK
Children should stay home when they begin to show signs of illness.
At the first sign of illness, put your child to bed and call your health care provider for instructions. Notify the school that your child is sick.
Staying at home and in bed at the first signs of illness will help to shorten the length of the illness.
Children who go to school sick endanger the health of their classmates and teachers.
A sick child does not learn well at school.
The law requires the school to send home children who are sick.
Administration of Medication
Whenever possible, parents/guardians should administer medications to students at home. As a service to the family, the Superintendent will establish procedures for the administration of medication by school personnel in circumstances where such administration is deemed necessary for the student's well-being by the student's parent/guardian or authorized health care provider.
To Enter School: State law prohibits a principal or teacher from admitting new students to school without a record of having received at least one dose of each: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and chickenpox (varicella).
To Stay in School: You must provide the school with a record showing that your child has received all required immunizations.
Sexuality / HIV Education
The Flint Board of Education has approved programs of instruction in HIV/AIDS for grades 4-12. In addition, puberty education is approved for grades 4-6, and sexuality education for grades 7-12. By law, all sexuality/HIV lessons emphasize abstinence.
The Flint Community Schools Family Life Sexuality Education Guidelines may be reviewed at the district's Health Services Department. Please call (810) 767-6273 for an appointment.
For HIV and sex education instruction, parents or guardians must be notified in advance of the content and have the right to:
- Review the curriculum and materials in advance
- Observe classroom instruction
- Withdraw your child without penalty from an individual class or course, or for the continuation of your child's enrollment in the school district, without penalty to his or her grade.
If you choose to withdraw your child from HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and/or sex education, you must send a written notice to: Flint Community Schools, Health Services Department, 923 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503.