The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) partners with Bay District Schools and PanCare to update the School Health Services Plan bi-annually. Through a collaborative effort, Bay District was awarded the SILVER Level Award from the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) and Florida Action for Healthy Kids in 2018. DOH-Bay is also involved in the School Health Advisory Committee, or SHAC. The SHAC is an advisory group composed of school, health, and community representatives who act collectively to advise the school district on aspects of Coordinated School Health approach.
The School Health Program provides services in Bay District Schools, charter, and private schools. DOH-Bay's nurses develop individual health care plans as required. School health program staff review immunization records for state compliance and provide parents with information they need to get their child's vaccines up to date. Nurses also provide education at the request of school administration on a variety of health topics including nutrition, disease prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, puberty, dental hygiene, sun and bicycle safety, and other age relevant topics. In addition, DOH-Bay's school health program partners with the charter school nurse to provide screenings for Bay County's charter school students.
For more information about the School Health Program call (850) 872-4455, press 3, then press 5.