Meet School Health Nurse, Charlotte Zeeberg
Tel +45 39 46 33 27
The primary role of the School Health Nurse is to support student health care.
School Health Services
The School Health Nurse advocates for children’s health and safety within the educational setting. The School Health Nurse is a health practitioner who utilizes special training in children’s development.
The primary role of the School Health Nurse is to support overall student health. This is accomplished by implementing strategies that promote student and staff health and safety.
The goal of the School Health Nurse is to strengthen each student’s healthy lifestyle by ensuring that:
- Students learn to make decisions regarding their own health and to act to improve their own health (health promotion education in the classrooms in collaboration with classroom teachers or advisors).
- Students and parents recognize early signs of illness, developmental problems, and children who are not thriving. These students are continuously monitored throughout the school year and plans are developed to improve overall health or development.
- Extra efforts (including individualized plans or additional communication with parents and/or staff) are made with children who have identified health concerns; and
- Students who require further examination or treatment are referred to a physician and/or other relevant services.
- The School Health Nurse is also available for school clinical triage with the school counselors for students experiencing social and emotional challenges
- The School Health Nurse is available to parents for questions or resources
All staff have a shared responsibility to administer first aid required for any student they come in contact with (e.g in the classroom, hallways or on outside duty). Whenever a student is injured at school or requires first aid, the student will be given immediate attention by the supervising staff. A large number of staff are certified First Aid trained annually.
Should a student feel ill and staff feels that the student is not fit to stay in school, the parents will by called and asked to come and pick-up their child.
Please notify the School Health Nurse in the event of concerns regarding communicable disease (e.g. cold sores, impetigo, chicken pox, pink eye). It is important that the school is notified as soon as possible in order to prevent further contamination.
In the event of an emergency, the school will call for an ambulance. In most cases, the student will be taken to Bispebjerg Hospital Acute Department. More severe cases may be taken to Herlev Pediatric Department or the Trauma Center at Rigshospitalet. This is decided by the dispatcher on a case to case basis. Parents will be informed by the school of which hospital to go to in case they are not at school by the time the ambulance arrives.
In general, medication is not administered at school unless the student is suffering from chronic conditions such as ADHD, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or other medical conditions. The School Health Nurse should always be notified in writing of any medication brought to school. Medications should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration (approximate time) and dosage as well as the diagnosis or reason the medication is need.
Students with asthma who are able to use inhalers independently are permitted to carry them at school. It is to be noted that medicines that need to be taken several times a day (such as antibiotics) should be taken at home (e.g. in the morning, after school hours and at bedtime).
Københavns Kommune Health Visitors at CIS
Two Health Visitors from Københavns Kommune are assigned to our school two days a week. The services of the Health Visitors include a combination of individual health consultations and examinations or small group health consultations, examinations and health promotion teaching.
During the health consultations, health issues relevant to both the individual child and/or the group will be addressed. Topical subjects relevant to the age group will be explored and the child's own experience of wellbeing, health and health habits. These consultation sessions will take place individually or in small groups.
Prior to the administration of the health consultation, each student will be given an invitation to take home. For Grade one children it is important both for the child and for the Health Visitors that one of the parents participates in the consultation. If so wished, parents are also welcome to participate in the later examinations but this must be agreed upon individually. If a student shows any sign of illness or other disturbing signs, parents will be contacted and after their agreement, the relevant specialist will be contacted.
The Health Visitor, in cooperation with the teachers, will participate in teaching subjects related to health and well-being. The teaching can include talks about Health and Health Promotion issues such as: The Body and its Development, Nutrition and Exercise, Puberty, Sexuality and Smoking. These classes are intended to equip your children with the best knowledge-based tools to facilitate their understanding and handling of these matters.
The services provided by the Health Visitors are dependent on the individual child’s needs; however, they also include:
- 1st Grade:
A consultation with student/parents about development/health and a screening of fine- and gross motor skills, sight and hearing. The child will be weighed and measured.
- 2nd Grade:
Small group health consultations + measurement of height/weight of the individual student.
- 5th Grade:
Individual consultation with each student + measurement of height/weight and vision screening.
- 9th Grade:
Individual consultation with each student + measurement of height/weight and vision screening + test of colour sense.
Supplementary consultations, examinations and screenings will be offered when necessary. If treatment is necessary, the student will be referred to his/her own doctor, eye or ear specialist.
Every student must have a complete and up-to-date medical record form in our online database (Veracross). Parents can update this information online at any time throughout the year.