Healthy children are successful learners. The Health Services programs here at McComb School District are designed to
appraise, protect, and promote the health of our students and staff. Nurses in the district begin their year assessing
student health status in grades K-12. This service is provided to identify and manage barriers to student learning such
as visual or hearing deficiencies, unidentified scoliosis, or high blood pressure. If problems are suspected, nurses
contact parents to refer the student for appropriate health care. In the health suites, clinic hours are set aside for
the nurses to see students and staff for illness, administer student medications required during school hours, and monitor
students with chronic illness. Emergency care is provided as well. Throughout the school year, the nurses serve in
multifaceted roles such as preventing and controlling communicable disease and other health problems, assuring
immunization compliance, education in the classroom, and serving on teacher support teams. The goal for the McComb School
District's health service program is to positively impact the academic success of our students by keeping them healthy and
This goal has been accomplished in many ways including:
McComb School District's health services program is recognized nationally. School districts from North Carolina, Montana,
Wyoming, California, Louisiana and Mississippi have visited and are modeling their programs after McComb's program.
- Students with chronic illness such as diabetes and high blood pressure have been identified during preventive screening.
- Students with minor illness or injury were able to return to the classroom after a brief visit to the nurse 85% of the time.
This year we plan to continue our pursuit of excellence in school health by looking at ways to enhance dental care in the
school setting. Our goal is to accomplish this through collaboration with community and state agencies.