Welcome to the Linden City Health Services Department

Natalie Patrick, RN

School Nurse

(334)295-5860

npatrick@lindencity.org


The Linden City School Health Services Department is designed to maximize an individual’s health potential and provide a broad spectrum of health services to students. These services are provided by highly qualified school nurses. The goals of the school health services are to:

  • Identify health defects and needs of students
  • Assist students in becoming increasingly responsible for their own health
  • Promote the optimal level of health for students
  • Provide health education and health counseling for students and parents


Linden City School District also reserves the right to exclude children from school based on the following criteria:

  • Illness that prevents the child from participating in activities (such as diarrhea and vomiting)
  • Fever (99.6 degrees or higher). Students may not return to school until free of fever without fever medication for 24 hours.


State Law SJR 8 ACT # 2017-17 requires that school systems inform parents, students and teachers about

heavy backpack safety awareness.  Please visit www.bacsupport.com for video and handouts.


VISION SCREENING

Vision screening is performed to screen for visual acuity, muscle balance.  Students identified as needing follow-up will be referred for further evaluation.

 

AUDIO SCREENING

Audio metric (hearing) screening is conducted to screen for hearing defects. Referrals are provided to parents of all students requiring further evaluation.


HEALTH ASSESSMENTS

Health assessments are conducted to assess normal growth and development. Significant findings will be discussed with the student and/or parent. Blood pressure checks can be conducted upon request. Health counseling regarding nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle will be provided. Appropriate referrals will be made when necessary.


SCOLIOSIS SCREENINGS

Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine most commonly detected during the adolescent growth period. Alabama law requires that all students between the ages of 11 and 14 be screened for scoliosis each year. Appropriate referrals will be made as necessary by your child’s school nurse.

 

MEDICATIONS

Students who need to receive medication at school must have their physician complete the Alabama Medication Consent form. This form must be brought to your child’s school nurse by the parent/adult along with the prescription bottle before the medication can be given at school. If an over the counter (OTC) medication is needed the same rule must apply. A new, sealed bottle of the OTC medication along with the consent form signed by the doctor and parent must be brought to the health office.  


BASIC FIRST AID

If a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the school nurse will administer first aid care. Parents may be called to pick up the student if deemed necessary by the school nurse. If a serious injury occurs the paramedics may be called.


IMMUNIZATION DOCUMENTATION

In order to enroll your child in our school system he/she must have a current updated immunization record (IMM-50 or blue slip). This may be obtained from the local health department, military facility or your private physician.


HEALTH CARE PLANS

If your child has a health problem the school nurse will work with you to develop an individualized health care plan to ensure your child’s health needs are met while in the school setting.


CHANGE OF INFORMATION

Please notify your child’s school, nurse and teacher whenever your address, working phone number or any other pertinent information changes. This is necessary for the safety and well-being of your child.