ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-00-089

Date Created : 03/09/2000


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: All School Nurses

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   School Improvement and Professional Development - Ms. Janinne Riggs
Screening Exams Training for Nurses, Assessment of Children with Chronic Conditions

Regulatory Authority:
Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools

Contact Person:
Bucky Thomas

Phone Number:


The STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION OF ARKANSAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS (VI and VI.E) revised May 7, 1993, states, "All enrolling kindergarten students shall furnish evidence of a comprehensive and developmental preschool examination of the type done in EPSDT (Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment) examinations."

School nurses, who are Registered Nurses (R.N.s), are eligible to attend the EPSDT Certification Workshop. The College of Nursing and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be offering a three-day certification workshop for R.N.s employed in schools. This certification is one of the requirements for licensing school district facilities for reimbursement for EPSDT examinations provided to Medicaid eligible students. Many school districts have an exemption from the Department of Human Services and will not have to go through the "Managed Care System" now in place. A school district can get a Medicaid provider number.

Licensed Practical Nurses (L.P.N.s) may attend but will not receive certification. The Department of Human Services states an R.N. is required for a school district to obtain the provider number necessary for Medicaid reimbursement.

This workshop will also be for all school nurses to have an update on medical needs of children. The workshop location will be at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Please contact Bucky Thomas at 501-686-5163 for further workshop information.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-12, 2000
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday

Thursday, March 30, 2000

There is a $150.00 REGISTRATION FEE, which must accompany each registration form. Fee includes handouts and book: PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENT by Joyce Engel, MDd, R.N.

Please make a copy of the attached registration form if you are planning for more than one R.N., L.P.N., or social worker to attend the workshop.

Bucky Thomas, 501-686-5163
UAMS College of Nursing
4301 West Markham, Slot 529
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Carleen Peterson, 501-682-8297
Manager, Child Health
Department of Human Services
Post Office Box 1437, Slot 1101
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-1437


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