School nurse Karen Tai from Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila
Today, May 11, is National School Nurse Day and we are excited to celebrate and thank our school nurses for all that they do. San Francisco Unified School District nurses attend to individual student health as well as school-wide health issues. They are trained to recognize and respond to a wide range of health and behavioral concerns that may affect a child’s academic achievement and attendance, as well as to concerns that can have school-wide impacts, like infectious disease. These past two years, we faced a health crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic and school district nurses stepped up to support SFUSD students and families during this challenging time.
With the return to in-person learning, SFUSD nurses focused on getting students caught up on immunizations that lagged during the pandemic when many clinics were closed. They also sponsored events at schools to promote wellness and social interaction after a year and a half of distance learning.
Most SFUSD schools have an on-site school district nurse, two to five days per week, to provide students and families with direct services and linkages to community health services and programs. SFUSD schools also have access to Central Nurses who can assist with hearing and vision screening, care planning, and staff training.
All schools, families and students have access to the Nurse of the Day, a school district nurse who is available by phone from 9:00am to 4:00pm to address school health-related questions and concerns.
Thank you to all of our school district nurses on this special day -- and every day of the year!