• Daphne Walker, R.N., M.S.N. - Director of Health Services

    Paul E. Emenes Special Services Center

    822 S. Clearview Pkwy.
    Harahan, La 70123

    Main office: 504-736-7391
    Fax: 504-736-7389


  • Jefferson Parish School System's Health Services Department is a School Nurse (RN) managed program that addresses day-to-day student health needs, emergency health needs and in-school management of chronic and acute health conditions and is dedicated to promoting the physical, social and emotional well-being of all students enrolled in order to reduce health-related absenteeism and barriers to learning.  Core services of the school health services program include nursing assessments, health counseling, referrals and follow-up for suspected or confirmed health problems; individualized health care plan development; in-school care management for chronic and acute health conditions; assistance with medication administration and health care procedures; vision and hearing screenings; first aid and emergency health services; communicable disease prevention and intervention; and emergency preparedness.



    • Each JPSS school requires all parents /guardians to complete or update the Student Emergency Card with their current phone and address information in order for school staff to contact the parent/guardian in the event of a medcial emergency or illness.
    • When a student has a minor illness or injury, the School Nurse or a trained, designated school staff person will provide first aid and notify the parentby phone and/or a Health Referral Form.  All Health Referral Forms should be completed by a physician and returned to the School Nurse.
    • If the student has a life threatening illness or injury, 911 will be called and the school will contact a parent immediately. 



    • It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to inform the School Nurse about any eixisting health conditions that their child has (i.e., asthma, diabetes, ADHD, seizures, heart problems, sickle cell anemia, etc.).  This information can be provided on the JPSS Health Information Form or by scheduling a health conference with the School Nurse.
    • If the student will require special health accommodations or procedures during the school day (i.e., blood sugar checks, catheterization, tracheostomy care, g-tube feedings, etc.), a State of Louisiana Physician’s Authorization for Specialized Care form must be completed by a Louisiana licensed physician  and submitted to the School Nurse.
    • In order for the school to send or receive information to or from the physician or school outside of JPSS, the parent must complete a Release of Information Form.
    • It is the parent’s responsibility to provide all required equipment and supplies for the procedure.
    • Applicable forms that may be needed can be downloaded and printed by clicking on the link below:



    • Students with food allergies should submit a Medical Statement to Request School Meal Modification completed by a Lousiana licensed physician to the School Nurse.
    • Applicable forms that may be needed can be downloaded and printed by clicking on the link below:





    • In accordance with Louisiana law, all students registering at a Jefferson Parish School must be immunized according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health Immunization Schedule.
    • A STATE OF LOUSIANA UNIVERSAL CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATIONS with a valid expiration date must be presented at registration.
    • A written dissent must be signed by the physician and submitted to the school, if immunizations are contraindicated for medical reasons. A parent must sign a personal or religious dissent and submit it to the school.
    • If there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease for which the student is not immunized, he/she will be excluded from school by the Office of Public Health for an extended period of time until the threat of transmittal has passed.
    • Information regarding the required vaccinations for school entry in Louisiana can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
    • Click here for GNO Shots Bus Calendar 




    • JPSS School Nurses conduct routine vision and hearing screenings every year for all students in PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grades.  Students in other grades may also be screened at the request of a parent or school staff, if a problem is suspected or, if they are being evaluated for Special Education services.
    • If a student fails his/her vision or hearing screening, the nurse will send  a letter to the parent/guardian. Evaluation by an LA licensed eye doctor/audiologist is strongly encouraged for all screening failures.
    • A copy of the doctor’s evaluation or prescription should be returned to the School Nurse.


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