School Health Services


Is my student well enough to go to school (Form JGC-6)?

¿Está mi estudiante lo suficientemente sano para ir a la escuela?

For more information about medications and healthcare at school, please see Administrative Rule JGCD-R

Scoliosis Screening - Scoliosis screening is required for all students in the 6th and 8th grades who attend public school in Georgia.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Cobb County School Health Services is to strengthen and facilitate the educational process through improvement and protection of the health status of all students. School nurses work as a team with school administrators, teachers, counselors, school social workers, families and community to identify and assist each student to reach their maximum state of well-being.

“You cannot educate a child who is not healthy and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated” - Former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, MD.


Melanie Bales
Nursing Supervisor
School Health Services
Marla McKissack
P: 678-581-6811 F: 678-594-8731

Brooke Latham
Consulting Nurse
678-842-6810  |  Email
Ginger Wallsinger
Consulting Nurse
770-578-3200  |  Email
Laura Jones
Consulting Nurse
770-222-3746  |  Email
Jennifer Hanlan
Consulting Nurse
770-975-6655 ext. 065  |  Email
Jo Anne Browne
Consulting Nurse
770-642-5610 ext. 240  |  Email

Areas of Responsibility

  • Assess and manage acute illnesses, chronic health illnesses and emergencies
  • Provide direct care for medically fragile students
  • Provide administration of medications (routine and emergency)
  • Provide health education training for staff, students, and parents
  • Orientation, training, and professional development of School Nurses and Clinic Substitutes
  • Development, implementation and interpretation of procedures and forms for clinic/student health
  • Medical consultation for Section 504 plans for eligible students; RTI
  • Collaborate with Cobb and Douglas Public Health and Georgia DPH, including surveillance of absenteeism and infectious illness
  • Maintain clinic/student health data
  • Oversite of immunization audit compliance
  • Support student health and academic success by contributing to a healthy and safe school environment.

The Cobb County School District recognizes the importance of the health and welfare of students and staff. Therefore, the District establishes a school health service program to address the health and safety of students and staff. The program is staffed by a nursing supervisor, area consulting nurses, and licensed nurses in each school.

We coordinate with the Cobb County Board of Health in protecting children from certain symptoms of infectious diseases. Bringing a child to school with any symptoms of infectious illness puts other children at risk of getting sick. If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier and happier children. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means fewer lost workdays and less illness for parents too.