School health care
- Public service
School health care consists of student health care services, health information and counselling, referrals to special health examinations and supervision of school health conditions.
- Student health care services
- Health information and counselling
- Referrals to statutory and required special health examinations
- Supervision of school health conditions
First aid in case of accidents at school is provided in cooperation with other school personnel, but medical care is not part of school health care.
Provision of the statutory school dental care as part of school health care is organized by the oral health care section of the Department of Social Services and Health Care.
School health care providers are in a good position to affect the health habits of children and young people and to support families, as the services reach nearly all age groups of children and young people. School health care promotes the health and wellbeing of the entire school and educational community. School health care providers act in student care in a multidisciplinary manner, with the focus on families and acting on the principle of early intervention. School health care continues the good cooperation with families begun by family clinics.
To whom and on what terms
Students at schools
The purpose of school health care services is to monitor the pupils’ growth and development, and to promote their health and well-being. The school health care services are also responsible for seeing to that the school environment is healthy and safe and for supporting parents in their education task.
The school health care services may participate in establishing a pupil’s need for special support. If a pupil has long-term illnesses or they need further tests and treatment, the school health care services refer them to the right services. If the pupil and any person accompanying them incur costs for a journey related to school health care, these costs are reimbursed.