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Stephanie Faren

Director, Health Services
Director, Health Services

Health Services

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Keeping students healthy, safe, in school and ready to learn is our priority.  

Healthy Students are Better Learners

We support the well-being and academic success of all students through health promotion, disease prevention, health care coordination and advocacy for the health and wellness of the whole child. 

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With proper management, most concussions resolve quickly and youth are back to their normal activities.  However, without a plan for managing the recovery in school, concussions can last longer and interfere with classwork, physical activities, and social life.  

If your child has experienced any head injury, let your school know - we know what to do to get them back quicker and safer.

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Meet Your School's Health Team

In BVSD, school nurse consultants and health room paraprofessionals work together to manage health-related situations and concerns.

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BVSD is committed to providing accurate immunization data to parents and our health partners.  This year we're going for 100% compliance for our student's vaccination records.

What does this mean for my child?

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Health Resources


Colorado law (Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2) requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless an exemption is filed.  

Under Colorado law, a student may be exempted from immunizations if they have submitted a signed medical, religious or personal exemption.


Students must submit documentation of immunization or exemption

This school year BVSD will be enforcing Colorado law (Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2), which requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless a signed medical, religious or personal exemption is filed with the school.  

Documentation Deadline - November 22, 2019

Families will have until November 22nd to ensure their child's immunization status is compliant.  In compliance with State law, after this date, students that do not have current required immunizations, a plan to get the required immunizations or a current statement of exemption will not be permitted to attend school after that date.

You can check your child's immunization compliance status now in the IC Parent PortalOpens a New Window. under Health.

If you have questions you should discuss your child’s vaccination needs with your health care provider or local public health agency.   

Student Health Forms

Health ConditionsStudents with Anaphylaxis, Asthma or Seizures benefit from the use of a standardized health care plan.  We encourage the use of these standardized plans and orders:


Students may receive medications at school according to BVSD policy.  However, all prescription and non-prescription medications must be maintained in the health office and administered by a trained staff member.  All medications must be delivered to the health office and be accompanied by a completed authorization form signed by a health care provider.

EXCEPTION: A student who requires the use of emergency rescue medications may be allowed to carry them.  Your health care provider can give permission for this on the form.

Nutrition and Allergen Information

View nutrition and allergen information for meals provided by BVSD.

Screening & Preventative Care

Vision and Hearing Screening

In accordance with state guidelines, students are screened at selected grade levels and by teacher referral for vision and hearing. Appropriate referrals are then made to the parent/guardian. 

Vision and hearing screenings are conducted in the schools in the fall for the following grades: PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 and all students new to the district.

Dental Screenings

Dental care in early childhood is essential to promote familiarity with professional dental services, prevent dental decay and connect children and parents to regular dental resources in their community.  Dental Aid and Boulder Valley School District have partnered to provide dental screenings, education, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatment and/or temporary filings to prevent and treat dental cavities.

In addition to screenings, programs are available to assist with the cost of follow-up dental services for students without health insurance.  For additional information contact the School Medicaid Program office at:  720-561-5571 


BVSD recommends that all students follow the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines to maintain optimal health, including physicals and screenings; and that all those new to the area receive a physical examination and establish care with a local healthcare provider.  

Required Exams:

  • A physical exam is required for enrollment in a preschool program.   
  • A physical is also required every 365 days for students participating in athletics

Medicaid School Health Program

The Medicaid School Health Program supports the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) by funding health services provided to public school students enrolled in Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program).  Services include nursing, behavioral health, orientation and mobility, speech, language, hearing, vision, occupational therapy, physical therapy, care management and specialized transportation. 

The funding received through this program enables BVSD to deliver health programming for all students in the district based upon completion of a community needs assessment and Local Services Plan.  The BVSD 2019-2024 Local Services Plan includes the following goals:

  1. Increase mental health services and supports

  2. Assist uninsured and under-insured students to access and receive health care, including case management and voucher services

  3. Increase nursing services to provide social/emotional support, care coordination and chronic disease management

  4. Improve the overall health status of staff and students

  5. Provide outreach and enrollment in Medicaid and other programs

For more information, contact Rachel Foster at 720-561-5571 or or Louise Sternberg at 720-561-5474 or at the School Medicaid Office.

Healthy Child and Adult Resources

Boulder County Healthy Kids Initiative

Helps students and their families enroll in health insurance and to access affordable health care in the community. Healthy Kids staff are available to share their knowledge of available resources, as well as help families enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and other assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Medicaid and CHP+ are free and low-cost public health insurance plans that provide medical, dental and vision benefits. There are no monthly premiums and co-pays range from $0-15 depending on family income. CHP+ has higher income eligibility limits than many public assistance programs, so many working families can qualify. Healthy Kids can also connect families to Connect for Health Colorado, a new health insurance marketplace where people can shop for health insurance and access tax credits to reduce monthly health insurance premiums. SNAP provides food assistance benefits to help qualifying households purchase food. The average monthly allotment for a household of four is $250/month. Visit  Boulder County Healthy Kids or call 720-515-1454 to speak with bilingual eligibility technicians Cynthia or Eric for more information. Appointments can be scheduled at your child's school or at another convenient location that works for you!

Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program

Do you need help paying for childcare for children ages 0-12? Visit the Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) website at Boulder County CCAP  to see if you may be eligible. CCAP is accepted at the Color Me Smart Preschools and the BVSD SAC before and after school programs.  Questions: email us at - attention: outreach coordinator.   Income and activity requirements are required. 

Student Accident Insurance

Student Accident Insurance
Low-cost student accident insurance is offered by Markel Insurance Company. Their enrollment method is electronic and they will not be providing print outs to schools to distribute to students. The information and application are available on Markel Insurance Company's website.