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School Nursing Services

Public Health Nurses provide health screenings, educational programs, and case management for children with special health care needs covered by the CMH program in most Huron County schools throughout the school year. Nurses review students' immunization records to ensure that the vaccines required for school have been received. The Public Health Nurse meets with parents of incoming preschool and kindergarten students to review the child's health record.

Vision Screenings

Children are screened for vision troubles in:

  • Kindergarten

  • Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11

  • May also be screened if they are on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or at any time at the request of the parent or teacher.


Parents or guardians of children who do not pass a vision screening receive a written referral and request to have the child's vision evaluated by a vision specialist.

Hearing Screenings

Children are screened for hearing troubles in:

  • Kindergarten

  • Grades 1, 3, 5, 9, and 11.

  • May also be screened if they are on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or at any time at the request of the parent or teacher.

 

Parents or guardians of children who do not pass a hearing screening receive a written referral and request to have the child's hearing evaluated by a physician or other hearing specialist.

Head Lice Checks

Public Health Nurses can perform a head lice check on persons who think they may have lice. Most schools in Huron County have a "no nit" policy which requires that children with lice or nits be seen by the Health District or their physician and receive a note that says they no longer have lice or nits. This "no nit" policy is NOT the requirement of the Health Center of Huron County. We can perform a head lice check on a walk-in basis, however, there may be a wait until there is a nurse available. The fee for this service is $22.00 and Medicaid is accepted. Please call if you have questions about the head lice check or want more information about preventing or getting rid of head lice.

 

The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

 

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).

  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes

  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by a person with head lice by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5-10 minutes

  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with someone with lice

  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that someone with lice wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.

  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay.

  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.