School Health Services

The School Nursing staff in the San Marcos Unified School District includes 7 full-time and 1 part-time California Credentialed School Nurses. Each school Health Office is staffed by two part-time Health Aides, providing continuous staffing of the Health Office throughout the school day. The school health offices are not staffed by licensed nurses, however each school is assigned a California Credentialed School Nurse/Registered Nurse who is available by cell phone during school hours. School Nurses are also available for consultation with parents, teachers and children on an as needed basis. Please contact your child's school to schedule an appointment with the School Nurse or email the nurse assigned to your child's school. See District Nursing Staff tab for nurse assignments.

As the district's only credentialed, licensed, qualified health professionals, School Nurses provide health care to students and staff. Services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • State mandated audio-visual screening
  • Visual acuity assessment
  • Hearing assessment (audiometry)
  • Developing, training, implementing and monitoring specialized physical health care procedures for students with chronic health conditions.
  • Facilitating access to health care for students and staff
  • Interpreting medical orders, medical reports and terminology for non-medical staff
  • Orientating and supervising school staff, including Health Aides, who are carrying out health care procedures assigned by the school nurse
  • Educational presentations to staff on issues such as first aid, allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), seizure disorder, and diabetes care
  • Collaborating with school staff on 504 and IEP plans for students with special needs
  • Advocating for increased nursing services, career education, mentoring new nurses, and serving as preceptors for school nurse candidates