Audrey Kelley
Senior Manager

Health and Character Education

The Health and Character Education area coordinates the Comprehensive Health Curriculum K-12 in thePolk County Public Schools and documents compliance with state and district mandates. Prevention contacts designated by the principal at each school are trained yearly, and curriculum needs are addressed as they arise. Health education lesson plans are developed and correlated with the Florida Standards. Critical Issues training is provided for all school-based personnel. Health Education personnel coordinate cardiopulmonary resusitation (CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED) and First Aid trainings for high school instructors to assure that updated certification is available to fulfill state requirements. In addition over 10,000 students are trained in CPR annually. Health Education personnel partner with the American Red Cross for instructor/student CPR/First Aid training and documentation.

Comprehensive Health Education Toolkits

Elementary Comprehensive Health Education Toolkit

Secondary Comprehensive Health Education Toolkit:

Registered Nurse Educators

Itinerant registered nurses (RNs) provide Polk County Public Schools students in grades 4-12 with age and developmentally appropriate information regarding human sexuality as required by Florida Statutes. The RNs provide health-related classes annually and include topics such as teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS education.

Character Education

The “Keys to Character” initiative emphasizes 10 different character traits mandated in Florida Statutes and the Florida Standards. Monthly bulletins are developed and published for all schools.

Health Services

Registered Nurses provide services and information in the following areas: entrance and immunization requirements, communicable diseases, bloodborne pathogens, head lice, health clinic aides/health contacts in schools, school nurse information, CPR and First Aid training for Polk County Public Schools employees, medication administration, emergency calls (911), and other school health programs and requirements mandated by the State of Florida.

Health services provided by Registered Nurses (RNs):

Medication Administration

View the Medication Administration Policy

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Requirement

Coordination of all aspects of the AED program, in accordance with Section 768.1325, Florida Statutes.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Annual training for all Polk County Public Schools Category I employees as mandated by federal and state requirements.

Certified Health Contacts

In accordance with applicable Florida statutes, RNs provide training, clinical supervision, and monitoring of Certified Health Contacts: Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Clinic Paraprofessionals, and over 300 otherhealth contacts at all school sites. Training consists of Medication Administration, Allergic Reactions, Health Room Procedures, Communicable Diseases, First Aid, and Infant/Child/Adult CPR.

Communicable Disease Policy

Updates and maintains the policy which protects the rights of students/employees with infectious diseases, along with prevention, recognition and control of the spread of communicable diseases within the school. The Polk County Health Department (PCHD) is notified of reportable communicable diseases by Health Services.

Hepatitis B (HepB) Employee Vaccination Program

Provides free HepB immunizations to Polk County Public Schools Category I personnel. All other Polk County Public Schools employees may receive the immunizations at cost. Immunization clinics are offered at the Mark Wilcox Center.

Immunization Guidelines

Monitors district-wide student records for compliance with DOE and DOH immunization requirements, as mandated in the Florida Statutes.