SDE: Health Promotion Services/School Nurse

Health Promotion Services/School Nurse

Health Promotion Services/School Nurse Program provides consultation to school nurses, school nurse leaders, school administrators and the community regarding the health and safety of students. This consultation and technical assistance includes addressing the provisions of health services during the school day and the promotion of health and wellness activities that support student achievement. Professional development programs are periodically organized to further assist and support school nurses.

Definition of School Nursing/Survey

"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students.  To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning." 
*Adopted by the National Association of School Nurses, June 1999

Survey on School Health Services in Connecticut

This survey is conducted yearly in collaboration with Education Connection. Results of the survey are used to develop an annual report on school health services in Connecticut. The Health Services Program Information Survey Reports can be downloaded for each year that the survey was conducted. 

  • 2014 Summary [PDF] Full Report [PDF]
  • 2013 Summary [PDF] Full Report [PDF]
  • 2012 Summary [PDF] Full Report [PDF]
  • 2011 Summary [PDF] Full Report [PDF]
  • 2010 Summary [PDF] Full Report [PDF]
  • 2009 Summary [PDF] Full Report [PDF]
  • 2008 Summary [PDF] Full Report [PDF]
  • 2007 Full Report [PDF]
  • 2006 Full Report [PDF]
  • 2005 Full Report [PDF]
  • 2004 Full Report [PDF]

School Nurse/Teacher Evaluation Resources 


School Nurse Bulletins 


  • Health Assessment Form 2011  [PDF] [DOC] - Please print on "blue" paper (Rev. 4/12) 
  • Early Childhood Health Assessment Form  [PDF] [DOC] - Please print on "yellow" paper (Rev.  3/15)
  • Immunization Requirements  [PDF
  • ED513 - Health Service Plan  [PDF
  • Medical Exemption Immunization Form  [PDF]
  • Religious Exemption Immunization Form  [PDF
  • Sample Medication Authorization Form  [PDF]
  • Individualized Health Care Plan  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Epinephrine Administration Form  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Sample HIPAA Form  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • HUSKY School Form [PDF]     


 Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Information Brochure [PDF]  


Revised 2010: Medication Administration Regulations [PDF]  

Public Health Regulations

New: Department of Consumer Protection/Drug Control Division - Ordering Epinephrine [PDF] List of CT Licensed Pharmacies [PDF]

 Other Web Resources

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Website includes information about pediatric health and has a section dedicated to school health issues.
  • The American School Health Association is a multidisciplinary organization committed to safeguarding the health of school-aged children. This site provides resources, professional development opportunities, publications, and other pertinent school health information.
  • The Association of School Nurses of Connecticut is the website for the state school nurse professional organization. This site provides information about school nursing, professional development and Connecticut- specific information.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the recognized lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad. This website offers a wide array of health information on public health issues ranging from bioterrorism to chronic disease prevention. It also includes a web page for youth called BAM (Body and Mind Kids Page).
  • The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools provides an e- journal, news alerts, resources and other pertinent health information related to schools and school personnel.
  • The Connecticut Children's Medical Center provides information for school nurses on professional development opportunities, resources and other links.
  • Health Finder is a guide to reliable health information, which includes a health library, health news, just for you section with information for children through seniors, health care providers, and a directory of health finder organizations.
  • Making Health Academic is a website dedicated to providing information about creating Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP). The site includes an overview of CSHP, action steps and resources.
  • The National Institute of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services provides health and drug information and resources, grant and fu nding opportunities, news and events, scientific resources and much more.
  • The National Association of School Nurses is the official website of the national professional organization of school nurses. The information includes standards of professional school nursing practice, position statements and issue briefs, publications, resources, professional development opportunities and much more.
  • The National Association of State School Nurse Consultants is the website for the national organization of state school nurse consultants. This site provides information on consultants across the country, position statements, resources and links to other health programs and services.
Links to Other State Agencies


Stephanie G. Knutson, MSN, R.N.
School Health Consultant
Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Connecticut State Department of Education
25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457
Fax (860) 807-2127


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