3.9.8 Nurses and Health Programs at Schools

School District Nurses and Nurse of the Day

School District Nurses attend to individual student health as well as school-wide health issues. They are trained to recognize and respond to a wide range of health and behavioral concerns that may affect a child’s academic achievement and attendance, as well as concerns that can have school-wide impacts, like infectious disease.

Core supports provided by School District Nurses include:

  • Identification and care management of students with physical health needs
  • Compliance with health requirements for school entry
  • Health education, promotion and counseling
  • Complex first aid
  • Infectious disease control
  • Health-related staff training
  • Crisis response

SFUSD schools without an on-site School District Nurse have access to a Central Nurse Coordinator who can assist with hearing and vision screening, care planning and staff training. 

Some SFUSD schools have an on-site School District Nurse, two to five days per week, to provide students and families with direct services and linkages to community health services and programs.

All schools have access to the Nurse of the Day, a School District Nurse who is available by phone from 8:30am to 4:00pm to address school health-related questions and concerns.

Wellness Programs (High Schools)

High School Wellness Programs provide behavioral health and health services to students in a safe and confidential setting. Each Wellness Program is staffed with a team of providers, including,   a behavioral health counselor, social worker, School District Nurse, and a Community Health Outreach Worker at most sites. All services are free and confidential. For more information, visit: www.sfwellness.org.

School Health Center (for ages 5 to 11)

The SFUSD School Health Center located at:

1515 Quintara Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

provides immunizations,TB Risk Assessments, and TB skin testing required for school entry. To be eligible, children must qualify for Medi-Cal or be uninsured or underinsured. All services are free. For an appointment, call (415) 242 - 2615. 

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools 

The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Toolkit was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and provides tools for school staff to identify environmental issues in schools that may contribute to respiratory problems like asthma. Appropriate district staff are then contacted to correct the identified problems.  

To learn about SFUSD’s Health Education Curriculum, see chapter 4.4.2.