Marietta City Schools Health Service Team members practice a specialized type of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.
The vision of the Marietta City Schools' Health Services Team is for all students to be healthy, present, and ready to learn to their fullest potential.
The mission of the Marietta City Schools' Health Services Team is to support the health and wellbeing of all students so they are better able to use their creativity and critical thinking while growing as compassionate citizens and life-long learners in a diverse world.
Marietta City School nurses:
- Provide first aid care and health assessment
- Write care plans and coordinate the care of students with acute or chronic health conditions
- Communicate with teachers and staff to ensure the safety and well-being of students
- Administer medications and complete nursing procedures as ordered
- Assist in the evaluation of students for Special Services
- Coordinate and provide vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings
- Assist families in accessing health insurance and health care services
- Educate and train staff on how to respond if students have a medical emergency such as a seizure, low blood glucose, asthma, or severe allergic reaction.
Healthy children are successful learners. The school nurse has a multi-faceted role within the school setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process.
The MCS Health Services Team hopes everyone has a wonderful start to the new school year. As a reminder, the district requires a physician's signature for all prescription medications and over-the-counter medications that will be given for more than 10 consecutive days. Please contact your clinic nurse for any questions or concerns. You can find the Assist with Medication and Procedure forms in the "Commonly Used Health Services Forms" section of this page.
If your child is starting new medication during the school day or will need nursing assistance managing an acute or chronic illness during the school day, please contact your child's school nurse. Contact information can be found on the "Health Services Team Members" tab on the left of this page.
Commonly Used Health Services Forms
Marietta City Schools is excited to be partnering with Children's Health Care of Atlanta to bring Strong 4 Life resources to our students, staff, and families. Visit Strong 4 Life to access the many back-to-school resources that the Strong 4 Life program has to offer. Contact your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns about these resources or for assistance supporting your child's health and well being as they transition into the 2023-2024 school year.
Children attending any childcare facility, pre-kindergarten, Head Start program, nursery, or school in Georgia are required to have Form 3231 (PDF) on file. This includes public and private operations and all enterprises, educational programs, and institutions involved in the care, supervision, or instruction of children. Certificates are required for all children through grade 12.
Read the general Immunization Requirements for Georgia Child Care and School Attendance.
7th Grade Immunization Requirements
In Georgia, all children born on or after January 1, 2002, who are attending seventh grade, and children who are new entrants into a Georgia school in grades eight through twelve, must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine to fulfill immunization requirements.
11th Grade Immunization Requirements
All students entering or transferring into 11th grade, and who are already 16, will need proof of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4).
In the state of Georgia, if there is a religious objection to the vaccination of a child, a completed affidavit on Form 2208 (PDF) is required. After completion of the affidavit, the parent or legal guardian must have the form filed with the school or childcare facility the child will be attending as legal documentation of exemption from the required immunizations mentioned above.
Laws and Regulations
Official Code of Georgia Annotated O.C.G.A. § 20-2-771: Requirements for Attendance at Child Care/School Facilities and Certification of Immunizations