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
Julie Barton
Consulting Nurse
770-975-6655  |  Email
Kathy Jacoutot
Consulting Nurse
770-642-5610  |  Email

Areas of Responsibility

  • Chronic health illnesses training for school staff 
  • Orientation, training and professional development of consulting, itinerant and school nurses
  • Orientation and training of clinic substitutes
  • Development, implementation, and interpretation of procedures and forms for clinic/student health
  • Individualized Health Care Plan for eligible students
  • Medical consultation for Section 504 plans for eligible students
  • Monitor absenteeism and infectious illness
  • Collaborate with Cobb and Douglas Public Health and DHR
  • Maintain clinic/student health statistics
  • Medical Consultation for RTI

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.