School Health Program
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County is dedicated to caring for our children by keeping students healthy and ready to learn.
In 1997 the Health Care District assisted Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County in the administration of the new School Health program, which today staffs more than 200 registered nurses in nearly 170 public schools.
Our nurses serve more than 180,000 students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.
Healthy and ready to learn
Our program gives Palm Beach County families peace of mind about the health and well-being of their children during the school day. With the School Health program, nurses coordinate with parents and qualified medical providers to manage the students’ health issues – from asthma to food allergies.
Our School Health program serves as a model for other communities across the country. Each year the nurses provide more than 855,000 health care services to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Along with school nurses, ten school health technicians carry out more than 136,000 student screenings for hearing, vision, scoliosis and Body Mass Index (BMI).
For many students, the school nurse is the only health care professional they see each year.
The School Health program has a successful and long-standing partnership with the Florida Health Palm Beach County and The School District of Palm Beach County, which promotes student and employee wellness.
What Parents Should Know
Ginny Keller, RN, MBA, NCSN, the Health Care District's Director of School Health, recently shared with the Palm Beach Post some important tips for parents whose students may be dealing with a chronic illness at school.