By Linda Dillman
Student health was on the minds of the Canal Winchester Board of Education during its Aug. 19 meeting with a presentation on social and emotional support and a health services update.
An annual review of the district’s school health services by Dr. Stacy Scudder was approved by the board in connection with Scudder’s approval as the district’s physician, which authorizes her to sign off on service orders submitted by school nurses and health aides.
The review allows the health staff to treat students for health issues including asthma, colds, allergies, cardiac arrest, diabetic emergencies, fever, headache, head trauma, insect bites, nausea, nosebleeds, seizures, skin trauma, sprains, fractures, sore throat, burns, fainting, rashes and toothaches.
In a presentation to the board by Dr. Rochelle Dunn, all Canal Winchester students are provided social and emotional support under a three-tiered system offering preventative practices.
Targeted group intervention is provided for 15 to 20 percent of the student population and intensive and individualized intervention is given to one to five percent of district students.
“We utilize a number of staff to support our students’ social, emotional/behavioral needs,” said Dunn.
Staff includes school nurses, social workers, behavioral and mental health counselors and Ohio State University mental health interns supervised by Dunn. The interns help coordinate services with outside providers, provide crisis support and intervention and support teachers and staff in implementing strategies to promote student learning.
Classroom teachers provide day-to-day support and assistance in identifying students in need of more intensive intervention. School psychologists evaluate students for disabilities, offer counseling, provide crisis support and assist in identifying students in need.
School social workers connect families to outside community-based resources and provide individualized and small group counseling to students and families on topics such as anger management, grief and social skills/relationships.