LCPH Environmental Health Specialists conduct school environment inspections twice per year in every local school building to ensure school environments are safe places where students can learn and play. Food safety inspections and education are another layer of our collaborative relationship with schools.
Health promotion and disease prevention resources
Healthy eating is an important component of school health, as many children will eat two meals at school each day. School nutrition professionals are on the front lines of helping Lorain County’s children develop healthy eating habits, such as eating fruits and vegetables. Increased fruit and vegetable intake may assist in healthy weight management when high-calorie foods are replaced by fruits and vegetables.
LCPH provides technical assistance to school food service programs to make policy, systems, and environmental changes that improve the nutrition options of our students. Ways LCPH can help:
Review current menus and suggest changes and substitutions
Design and install salad bars in lunchrooms that can increase lunch participation and decrease food waste and labor costs, all while meeting USDA school meal patterns
Physical activity can increase students’ performance while increasing focus. Children who get 30 minutes of physical activity every day build healthy habits that last a lifetime and prevent obesity and disease. Ways LCPH can help:
Social and emotional health is an important component of school health. Students should feel supported and comfortable at school. Children who have both peers and mentors that they trust are more resilient and can be more successful throughout their lifetime. Ways LCPH can help:
Professional Development for Staff
Contract with school districts to provide school nursing services
For the 2023 - 2024 school year, multiple school districts and independent schools contracted with Lorain County Public Health to provide nursing services to their students and school staff. Some of the services provided by school nurses include:
Vision and hearing screenings: Vision and hearing are key components in a child's learning process. LCPH school nurses conduct vision and hearing screenings to identify vision and hearing deficits. and Children with noted deficits are referred for further evaluation and resources are made available to parents as needed.
Dental:Dental health is important, and protecting your child’s teeth is a first step to keeping their teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime. In fact, children who have tooth decay miss an average of 12 days of school every year, and have lower grades than children with good dental health. The school nurse can assist the school and parents with resources regarding dental care and in-school dental programs.
Vaccine records and management: Vaccinations protect students, their family and the community from vaccine preventable diseases. Lorain County Public Health school nurses review vaccine records to make sure students are up to date on recommended vaccines and refer students for missing vaccines if needed. LCPH can provide missing vaccines to students.
Chronic disease management: LCPH school nurses work with parents, physicians and school staff to ensure students chronic medical needs are managed accurately, safely and with little disruption to the student’s school day. Diabetes, food allergies, asthma and seizures are becoming common chronic illness within the school environment. These illnesses are managed by school nurses through medical, nursing and emergency planning.