School Nurse Resources

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Research shows that school nurse case-management of chronically ill students increases attendance. (Engelke, M.K., Guttu, M., Warren, W.B, & Swanson, M. (2008); Levy, M., Heffner, B., Stewart, T., Beeman, G. (2006).

California Attorney General Truancy Toolkit



The California Attorney General’s Office, the Ad Council,  California Endowment and community partners including CSNO, sent communications experts to interview nearly 1,000 parents of chronically absent elementary school students.  They learned some very interesting things, including:

  • Parents have big dreams for their children, but those dreams are tied to high school and beyond (graduation, college admission, etc.).  Only 37–41% of interviewed parents thought that K–3 absences are a serious issue.
  • Simple changes to messaging can have a big positive impact.  For example, parents are better able to understand the reasonable number of absences if you refer to absences per month (an average of 2+ is too many), as opposed to absences per term or year (18+ absences is too many).
  • Parents prefer to communicate via text message.  School and community leaders should consider using text messages as part of a comprehensive outreach strategy.

All of this information is now available in the form of a positive parent messaging toolkit.  The toolkit includes all of the research reports, communication tools based on the research, and recommendations that will help district and community leaders develop their own communications strategies.


Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. We promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.Health Issues and absenteeism

School Environmental Health and Asthma Collaborative (SEHAC)


Addiction Guide 


Adolescent Health Working Group

California Health Line

California Adolescent Health Collaborative

Forum for Youth Investment: The Forum for Youth Investment helps adults get young people ready for life.

Adolescents and School Health

Teen DevelopmentVaccinate B4U Graduate (Spanish)


Food Allergies Research & Education 

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis  NASN Tool Kit

Medical Emergencies Occurring at School

American Academy of Pediatrics ­ School Health Resources for Pediatricians


CSNO has developed a training product to address the Education Code requirements outlined in 49414.  

Ed Code 49414 Training Standards for the Administration of Epinephrine Auto Injectors 
These are the updated Training Standards that were last reviewed on the California Department of Education website as of May 9, 2016.Helpful forms from the Program:

 EpiPen4Schools Free 

EpiPen Certification Form

 Documentation of use/Replentishment 

Green Book: Guidelines for the Administration of Specialized Healthcare Services in California Schools (2011) has a Section devoted to Anaphylaxis and is available for purchase in the CSNO Store section of this website

NASN Food Allergy Toolkit for School Nurses 

How to C.A.R.E.™ for Students with Food Allergies: What Educators Should Know – This free online interactive course teaches educators how to prepare for food allergy and anaphylaxis. It is specifically designed for school personnel – administrators, nurses, teachers, and other staff.






Back to School with Asthma ToolkitNASN: asthma resources School Environmental Health and Asthma Collaborative (SEHAC) 

Asthma QuickTakes, a series of 3- to 5-minute training videos on asthma, created specifically for schools. 



Breast feeding

National Institute for Children's health Quality: Building Resiliency in Teen Moms can Improve Breastfeeding and Save Babies

Encouraging Teen Moms to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding USA: What Breastfeeding is Like in the First Days: For Teen Mothers

Lactation accommodations in California Public School districts (EDC 222)


Stop Bullying

California Bullying Laws


California Board of Registered Nursing

California Board of Registered Nurses 

RN to BSN/MSN Education Information from the BRN site 

How to become a school nurse 

California Department of Education

California Department of Education (CDE) Health Services and School Nursing 
  • Asthma Management
  • Diabetes Management
  • Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Head Lice Prevention and Control
  • Immunizations
  • Influenza Prevention
  • Medication Administration
  • MRSA
  • Oral Health
  • Skin Cancer
  • ​Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention
  • Vision and Hearing
  • LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option FAQ

California Healthy Kids Survey

California Healthy Kids Survey

Child Abuse

  • Child Abuse Prevention Council is a state, national, and international service, training, advocacy, and resource center dedicated to protecting children and building healthy families:
  • Prevent Child Abuse America (501c3) dedicated to promoting services that improve child well-being in all 50 states and developing programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect. Voted one of the two best charities for children in the nation. Consumer Reports and Great Non Profits
  • US Center for Safe Sport- Parent Toolkit on Sexual Abuse:
  • Boys Scouts of America Youth Protection Training (English and Spanish)

Children Now

California County Reports

Children with Special Health Care Needs

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHN): research findings/studies - L Packard Foundation for Children's Health 

Crisis and Bereavement in Schools

Cutting (Also referred to as Non-suicidal Self-Injury or Self-Harm)


Student Data

Kids Data: 
Find data about the health and well being of children in communities across California

Children Now:
Children Now’s mission is to find common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who can develop and drive socially innovative, “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.

California Healthy Kids Survey 
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation. 

Children with Special Health Care needs.
Lucille Packard Foundation for Children's Health


  • School Districts must provide information on diabetes to incoming 7th grade parents California Education Code 49452.7
  • Training School Staff on Diabetic Care-American Diabetes Association-Safe At School.  

Drug Abuse (Substance Abuse)
  • Start Your Recovery
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Teenage Substance Abuse Prevention



e-Cigarettes AAP Resources about ENDS)

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also called e-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigars, e-hookah, or vaping devices, are products that produce an aerosolized mixture containing flavored liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user.

Eating Disorders

Early Childhood

Emergency Response

Enterovirus 68

EV-D68 is a respiratory illness that spreads through close contact, similar to the common cold.  It is also spread through touching infected/contaminated objects or surfaces.
Epilepsy: see Seizure Disorders
Epinephrine Auto Injector-Please see Anaphylaxis


First Aid


Game, Choking

Grief/Grieving Children-Support

National Center for School Crisis Response-USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck   1-888-536-2722       [email protected]
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Gortimer Gibbons' Life on Normal Street

Growth Charts

Growth Charts from the CDC:



Head Lice (Please see pediculosis)

Health Services and Nursing Services
(please see California Department of Education)

Health Education

California Department of Education Health Education
Characteristics of Effective Health Curriculum

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tools (HECAT) (2012)

School Health Index (2017)

Health Education Resources

  • Action for Healthy Kids
 The California Action for Healthy Kids Team is dedicated to promoting school wellness, increasing academic achievement, and preventing childhood obesity.  We collaborate with numerous state partners to improve student health so school age children can achieve their full academic potential and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
  • Dairy Council of California 
Since 1919, Dairy Council of California has been an innovator in nutrition education and the dairy industry’s contribution to community health. We produce balanced nutrition education programs and resources, which are free in California, for schoolshealth professionals’ offices and workplace wellness programs.
  • Project LEAN
California Project LEAN offers training, technical assistance, and expert consultation in both Spanish and English on policy and environmental change strategies and community-based solutions that will improve opportunities for healthful eating and physical activity.    

Health Education Standards

California Health Education Content Standards (2008)
National Health Education Standards (2007)

Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act

Hearing Screening

Hearing screening is mandated in kindergarten/first grade and in second, fifth, eighth, tenth/eleventh grade and upon first school entry (California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Section 2952 (c)(1)) . Hearing screening in California public schools must be conducted by a credentialed school audiometrist.
  • School Audiometrist Manual (PDF)  Hearing
  • California Department of Education Health Services and School Nursing 
  • Joint Statement on who can provide Hearing Screening School
  • Revised Joint Statement
  • California Education Code 49452-Hearing Screening grade requirements and qualified personnel
  • California Education Code 49455-Vision Screening grade requirements and qualified personnel
  • School Audiometrist Manual (PDF)


Human Trafficking


Internet Safety

  • Internet Safety - FBI website for parents/adults
  • "Protect The Good Life" Online Safety Tips 
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) - A Resource Guide for Parents
  • Guide to Protecting Your Child Online


Immunization Assessment Reporting
  • Shots for School
Immunization Information and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Shots for School
  • Immunization Schedules (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
  • Toolkit for National Immunization Awareness Month (August).
  • Tools for Schools (parent letters)
  • Vaccinate B4U Graduate
English Flier
Spanish Flier


Kids Data

Klinefelter Syndrome


Lice (Please see pediculosis)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Bi-Sexual, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA)

California Department of Education LGBTQIA Resources

College resources for LGBTQ students   
  • Affordable Colleges
  • Best College in each state
  • College Guide
  • Collage Scholarships

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center
L, G, T, B, Q, I, A student issues
The Trevor Project

Local Control Funding Formula

  • Ed Source:  Local Control Funding Formula (2016)


Marijuana (medical)

Guidelines for Recommending Cannabis for Medical Purposes
(California Medical Board)
Medical Cannabinoids in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review
California Education Code 49414.1-Jojo's Act


Measles begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and a rash. The rash typically appears first on the face, along the hairline, and behind the ears and then affects the rest of the body. Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards. Children routinely get their first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at 12 months old or later. The second dose of MMR is usually administered before the child begins kindergarten but may be given one month or more after the first dose.

Medication Administration

  • Medication Administration California Education Code 49423
  • Medication Administration Training Product for school nurses charged with training unlicensed assistive personnel!/Medication-Administration-Training-Product-2016/p/229848603/category=0

Mental Health

  • Active Minds, Changing the Conversation about Mental Health
  • Center for Mental Health in Schools
  • Mental Health (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Mental Health (Health and Human Services)
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus-Aureus Infections (MRSA)

  • MRSA (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • MRSA (California Department of Public Health

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome



Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma



  • Action for Healthy Kids:
  • Overweight and Obesity Overview
  • Obesity Prevalence Maps:
  • Adults Obesity facts
  • Children Obesity facts

Opioid Prevention

Opioid Antagonist Training Kit (Naloxone Administration)

  • Opioid Antagonist AB 1748 Training Kit


Pediculosis (Head Lice)

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH)​
  • NASN: Headfirst Lice Lessons
Lice Lessons is an educational initiative focused on dispelling common head lice misperceptions, providing information about the value of engaging healthcare professionals and building awareness of new treatment options.  The portfolio of tools and resources below are designed to help school nurses, often on the front-lines in the battle against head lice, reduce fear and stigma and help parents navigate treatment choices.

Postural Screening

Prader Willi Syndrome

Precocious Puberty


LGTBQ (please see above)

  • L, G, T, B, Q, I, A student issues: resources for youth, parents, school staff.




School Nursing Services

American Academy of Pediatrics (2016) Recommend Full-Time Nurse in Every School.
Tara, H (2014). School nursing: Beyond medication administration and procedures. Journal American Medical Association,
Wang, Ly, et al (2014) Cost benefits savings of school nurses.

Scoliosis (Postural Screening)

  • Scoliosis Suspension 2017-2018
For the fifth year in a row, Scoliosis Screening (postural screening) has been suspended. In a document released by the California Department of Finance, secured from revealed that scoliosis screening is one of many suspended mandates.
It is important to note that NASN and CSNO have not supported postural screening as a best practice.  This is based upon the following:  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against the routine screening of asymptomatic adolescents for idiopathic scoliosis. Rationale: The USPSTF recommends against the service. There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits

Seizure Disorders

  • Managing Students: School Nurse Training:

Sexual Assault

  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline  1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center 

Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Education

Under the California Healthy Youth Act, comprehensive sexual health education must be provided at least once to middle and once in high school students. Click on the button below to discover other requirements.

Special Education

  • Special Education Division California Department of Education
  • The Special EDge newsletter free to California residents: informing and supporting parents, educators, providers and policy makers.Subscribe on-line: 
  • Section 504 vs and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 
  • Understanding how Section 504 and IDEA work with each other and complement each other allows you to better assist your child's educational team in ensuring your child's right to a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE).  National Center for Learning Disabilities

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

Suicide Prevention

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) host a safeTALK Training for Trainers  - more details link:
  • Suicide Hotline  1-800-273-8255
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training
  • Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program Staff & Peer Program
  • Suicide Prevention ToolKit (Palo Alto USD)

Super Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT)


Teen Health

Real Talk with Dr. Offutt  uses the internet to present safe, user-friendly, non-judgmental medical information to teens and young adults. Simply armed with a mission to provide a safe, ad-free, accurate, non-judgmental, no embarrassment, no-question-is-too-dumb, feel-free-to-disagree kind of online teen health community.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Tobacco Prevention

Tourette Syndrome

Truancy (See Attendance)


Tuberculosis: Risk Assessment Questionnaire(AB1667 changes ED 49406 as of January 1, 2015) replaces universal Tuberculosis testing with universal risk assessment.  The questionnaire may be administered and if no risk factors are identified, a more in-depth examination is not required. If tuberculosis risk factors are identified, the individual must be referred and examined to determine that they are free of infectious tuberculosis by a physician, surgeon, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.  Ed Code 49406
CSNO, in partnership with the California TB Controllers Association (CTCA), the California Department of Public Health TB Control Branch (CDPH-TB), and the California Department of Education (CDE), are pleased to announce the release of materials to support the implementation of AB 1667, which replaces universal TB testing for private, parochial, public K-12 school and nursery school employees and volunteers. Many school districts, in partnership with a local physician or health officer have been delegated the responsibility via standing orders to place PPD skin tests.  Read more.......
AB 1667 did not change RN scope practice. AB 1667 requires determining the presence of TB risk factors & an examination when risk factors are assessed.  Yes, the RN can administer the risk assessment; if no risk factors are present, the RN can also sign the certificate of completion. The RN may also perform the TB test (blood draw for IGRA or injection for PPD); if the TB test is negative, the RN may also sign the certificate of completion. If the TB test is positive, the RN must ensure it be followed by a chest x-ray and an examination (& other tests as necessary) by a MD, PA or NP who would certify on the certificate following that exam.


Vaccinations (see Immunizations above)


Violence Prevention

Vision Screening

  • Sight for Students Vision Service Coupons: VSP: Sight for Students Program available. This program has provided vision services to more than 700,000 children since its inception in 1997 and funded $132 million in free eye wear for low-income, uninsured and under-insured children.   


Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Workplace Injury Reduction

Cal Occupational Safety Administration (Cal OSHA)



Zika Virus

The California Department of Education (CDE) issued a letter on August 16, 2016 addressed to School District/COE Superintendents and Administrators on the Zika Virus.The letter provides ZIKA prevention resources as well as a checklist outlining precautions or considerations. You may want to share the information on your school district website, in school newsletters, and/or disseminate to parents/staff directly. To view the letter and resources, please click on the buttons below.

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Last Updated 3/4/2021