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Healthy students, life-long learners

Parents, school leaders, and health care professionals can all attest that healthy students are much more likely to be successful learners. Children’s Mercy is dedicated to helping children achieve their academic potential through our School Health Support services.

Graphic that shows "growth and learning school and health interactions" from early childhood to school K-12 to post-secondary.

COVID-19 school re-entry resources

Children’s Mercy has a dedicated team of professionals who provide current information and advice for schools and community leaders on returning to school and related activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get the latest updates on best practices for schools during COVID-19 by visiting our Returning to School and the Community Safely page.

If you have any COVID-19 school re-entry questions or would like to request a consultation, please fill out and submit a COVID-19 School Assistance form. We will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

School Health Conference

An annual conference for school nurses and school health professionals provided to enhance nursing practice in the school setting. In 2020 the School Health Conference was held virtually for the first time and provided education on asthma, diabetes, and a panel that focused on COVID-19 updates with infectious disease, managing anxiety and fear with social and behavioral medicine, and firsthand experience with Shawnee Mission school nurse.

Watch our 42nd annual School Health Conference.

View and download documents from the School Health Conference:

Community outreach portal

Children's Mercy is committed to providing health resources and education to the communities we serve. To request Children’s Mercy’s participation in a health fair, conference or event, or if your staff needs education, training, or support related to a children’s health issue, please fill out and submit a Community Request form. Requests are reviewed weekly and a representative will contact you to confirm participation. Given the current climate and restrictions due to COVID-19, we are also available for virtual events.

Hospital-based school program

The Hospital-Based School Program at Children’s Mercy provides efficient and effective educational experiences for the hospital school-aged population who choose to accept their services. For more information on this program, visit our Hospital-Based School page. For services, call (816) 302-9014 or email

Once a child has left the hospital and ready return to school, Children's Mercy has put together a list of tips to help with school re-entry:

Greater KC Society of Pediatric Nurses

Below are helpful resources from the Greater KC Society of Pediatic Nurses: