4 What resources can teachers use to evaluate children’s health status? Teachers have access to a variety of information sources, including:Daily observations and health checksChildren’s health recordsHealth and developmental screeningsFamily input
5 What are daily health checks? Daily health checks are an informal observational screening tool that yields information about:A child’s state of physical and mental healthAppearanceBehaviorIf there is need for referral and professional evaluation
9 Daily Quick Health Check Observe forSevere coughing, sneezingActivity levelDischarge from nose, eyes, and earsBreathing difficultiesSores Look, ListenSwelling or bruising Feel, SmellUnusual spots or rashesGeneral mood/unusual behaviorSkin color
11 Recording Observations Notes should be made immediately following the daily health check.Recorded information should be clear, specific, and meaningful to others.Information provides an ongoing picture of the child’s growth and development.
12 ConfidentialityAll information about a child’s health is considered confidential and must be protected.Only information that affects a teacher’s ability to work with a child needs to be shared.Family permission is always required before any information about a child is released to another organization.
14 Case StudyChris, the head teacher in the Sunflower classroom, has recently had some concerns about Lynette's vision. He has noticed that during group story time, Lynette quickly loses interest, often leaves her place in the circle, and crawls closer to him in an apparent effort to see the pictures in books he is holding up. Chris has also observed that when Lynette is working on puzzles, manipulatives, or an art project, she typically lowers her head close to the objects. Lynette's parents have also expressed concern about her clumsiness at home.
15 Case StudyyThe results of two vision screening tests, administered by the school nurse on different days, suggest that Lynette's vision is not within normal limits. The nurse shared these findings during a conference with Lynette's parents, and encouraged them to arrange for a follow-up evaluation with an eye specialist. However, because Lynette's father was recently laid off from his job, they no longer have health insurance and cannot afford a doctor's visit at this time. The nurse continued to work closely with the family and helped them locate two reduced-fee health clinics in their community that provided the type of services Lynette required.
16 Case Study QuestionsWhat behaviors did Lynette exhibit that made her teacher suspect some type of vision disorder?Identify the sources from which information concerning Lynette's vision problem was obtained before she was referred to an eye specialist.If the teacher suspected a vision problem, why didn't he just go ahead and recommend that Lynette get glasses?What responsibilities do teachers have when they believe a child has a health impairment?If you were the nurse advising Lynette's parents, what free or low-cost health service options could you recommend in your community?