Health Services

Department of Health Services
Dayton Public Schools
115 S. Ludlow St.
Dayton OH 45402-1812
(937) 542-3405

Cynthia "Dawn" Abbott, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Director of Health Services

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Health care services in Dayton Public Schools are provided by Professional School Nurses (RNs). Each school has a nurse, but not all buildings have a full-time school nurse.  Please contact the school nurse if your child has a chronic health condition, especially if that condition may affect their school attendance. If your child has a medical condition that needs a nurse’s care during the school day, be certain to contact the school or the Director of Health Services immediately at 542-3405. Students with chronic medical conditions usually attend school more regularly when parents and school nurses work together. No medication can be given at school without an order from the health care provider/doctor.

Since good vision and hearing help students learn better, school nurses do required (State mandated) health screenings for students who are in the following grades: preschool, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth. Students new to Dayton Public Schools are also screened. A brief dental exam is also done. Sixth graders are screened for scoliosis. Parents will be notified of screening results if the student needs medical follow-up for a specific need. If you do not want your child to participate in the health screenings, you will need to notify the school nurse in writing each school year.

The Ohio Department of Health decides which shots (immunizations) students must have to attend school. Always give the school nurse your child’s most recent shot record. Students will be not able to attend school if their shot record is not complete.

School-age children generally are healthy and should only miss a few days of school each year. However, no student who has had vomiting, diarrhea (loose stools), or a fever above 100 degrees within the past day should attend school. School nurses occasionally need to exclude children if they suspect the child’s illness may be contagious. Students absent for more than three days in a row need a doctor’s note to return to school. Missing more than seven days in a month is considered truancy unless excused by a physician. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.

Children are healthier when they eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Please limit their “screen” time (TV, videos, electronics) to no more than two hours per day.

Be sure to give the school nurse your phone numbers so that we can contact you or another family member when needed. School nurses are available to assist students and families to find health care/community resources. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse; we count it a privilege to care for your children at school. 

The mission of the Health Services Department is to optimize student and staff health, supporting a quality education for every student every day.


Dayton Public Schools is partnering with the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton (CHCGD) to provide unprecedented care to students with asthma and related conditions. A health center on wheels, made possible with funding through The CareSource Foundation, will bring medical professionals to the students, removing barriers families must overcome to obtain health care for their child with asthma. The DPS Mobile Health Unit (MHU) is an expansion of the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton, a federally qualified health care center, and will provide limited health care service to students in the district. 

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