If you are a pupil under the age of 20, you are entitled to free health services from your school nurse (helsesøster). You will be contacted for scheduled examinations and vaccinations. Moreover, the school nurse will help you in case you have injured yourself at school or if you need someone to speak with about difficult issues. You can speak with the school nurse about quarrels, being in love or being heartbroken, bullying, puberty, self-harm, problems at home, exercise, dieting and weight loss, sadness, smoking and alcohol/drugs, sex and birth control, and much more.
Your teacher does not have to know what you spoke with the school nurse about. If you are under the age of 16, the school nurse is obligated to inform your parents if she believes that is necessary.
The aim of the school health service is to
- give advice and counselling about health, growth, and development
- promote mental and physical Health
- promote a healthy learning and work environment
- contribute to good social conditions
- prevent illness and injury
If necessary, the school health service can also refer you to a doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, psychologist, and others.
- Pupils under the age of 20
- Parents of pupils under the age of 16
Parents, health clinic doctor, school, the Pedagogical-Psychological Service (PPT), the Child Welfare Service
Municipal Health and Care Services Act, section 3.2 (The municipality’s responsibility for health and care services)
Education Act, chapter 9a (The pupils’ learning environment)
Patients' and Users' Rights Act, chapter 7 (Complaint)
You can contact the school nurse at any time. In addition, the school health service carries out a few regular, ongoing tasks.
You will for example be offered the following vaccines in accordance with the Child Vaccination Programme:
- vaccine booster against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and polio (2nd grade)
- vaccine booster against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles), known as the MMR vaccine (6th grade)
- HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer (7th grade, girls only)
- vaccine booster against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and polio (10th grade)
You will also be measured and weighed during the 3rd and 8th grades. Only the school nurse will be present during such measurements, and the result will not be shared with others.
If you believe you are not receiving necessary help or are dissatisfied with how the service is being performed, you can submit a complaint to the municipality or directly to the school health service. Explain what you are dissatisfied with and the changes you wish to see. If your complaint is rejected, or the municipality contends that your rights have been fulfilled, you can appeal to the County Governor’s Office.