Donna Lipiner, RN, BBA, BSN, MPADena Bourque, RN, BSN
NOTE TO PARENTS: all updated student immunizations are due the first week of school, as required by The Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 1 TDAP and the 2nd Chicken Pox booster (Varivax) are the two vaccines necessary to enter middle school, as well as all previous immunizations from prior school years. Immunization updates are available through your pediatrician. We are required, per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, to have all immunizations in so that we may report to the state.
Updated Immunization forms may be faxed to 508-298-0203.
HEALTH OFFICE POLICIES
Medication policies:· Medication must be delivered to the school by an adult in a pharmacy labeled container. No more than a 30 day supply should be kept at the school.· A written medication order from the student’s licensed health care provider and a written consent formed signed by the student’s parent/guardian must be submitted to the nurse before any medication is administered. This applies to all prescription medications.· If short-term (10 day or less) prescription medication is to be administered during the school day, the original pharmacy container will serve as the written order from the health care provider. A consent form signed by parent/guardian is still required.· Certain over-the-counter medications may be administered by the school nurse. Parent/guardian must sign and complete authorization form and indicate consent of each medication.· All medications must be kept in the nurse’s office with the exception of inhalers or Epi-pens if the parent/guardian and prescriber indicates this in writing.· Medication may be retrieved by the parent/guardian at any time. Any medication left in the nurse’s office at the end of the school year will be destroyed.
- ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION
Vision and Hearing:· Conducted on all students entering grade 7 per MDPH guidelines.· A report from the student’s PCP is required in order to be excused from the school screening.Postural Screening:· Conducted annually in collaboration with the Physical Education Department for students in grade 7 and 8 per MDPH guidelines.· A report from the student’s PCP is required in order to be excused from the school screening.Body Mass Index (BMI):· BMI and corresponding percentile is calculated and recorded following guidelines from the MDPH for students in grade 7.· Parents/guardians may request in writing that their child not participate in the program.
· If your child has a potentially life threatening food allergy or is allergic to bees, a signed Allergy Action Plan as well as an Epi-pen and a doctor’s written consent form must be provided.· If your child has a health issue such as diabetes, seizure disorder or any other health issue that could lead to emergency treatment, a signed Medical Emergency Protocol and any medications and/or supplies necessary to treat the emergency must be provided.· If your child uses an inhaler, please make sure we have an Asthma Action Plan as well as an inhaler and a doctor’s order at school.
- STUDENTS WITH HEALTH ISSUES
MDPH requires that all students have the following immunizations before entrance into 7th grade:· 2 doses of MMR vaccine· 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine· 2 doses of Varicella vaccine or physician certified history of chicken pox· A Td booster or Tdap· Physician certified documentation of above immunizations must be submitted to the nurse before 7th grade entrance.· Documentation may be mailed, delivered, faxed to KPMS or scanned to email@example.comPhysical Examinations:· Examinations by a licensed health care provider are required for all students entering 7th grade and new students entering the school district.· These examinations shall be within one year prior to entrance to school or within 30 days after school entry.Religious Objection:· A student shall be exempt from physical examinations and/or immunizations on religious grounds, upon written request of the parent or legal guardian. (M.G.L. c.71,s.57)
- IMMUNIZATIONS AND PHYSICAL EXAMS
Absence:· Notify the school when your child will be absent due to illness or injury.· Students receiving antibiotics for a contagious condition must stay out of school until 24hrs of antibiotic therapy has been completed.Injury:· Please report any injuries to the school nurse that have required medical attention.· Any student that has sustained an injury and will have restricted activity for a limited amount of time (stitches, sprains, fractures), must bring in documentation from the physician stating the restrictions and length of time. The student will not be excused from PE or allowed to return to PE class until this note is received.· If your child sustains an injury, or you feel he/she should limit activity for 1-2 days, you may send an explanatory note to the nurse. However, the student will be required to make-up any missed PE classes.Fever:· If your child has a fever of 99.4 degrees or above in the morning, it is recommended that he/she stay home. Students should remain home for 24 hours after a fever has subsided.Dismissal:· Any student who becomes ill or injured at school will be dismissed to a parent or his/her designee from the office. Students are not allowed to contact parents for dismissal via cell phone during the school day.Illness:· If your child develops an illness outside of school (chicken pox, strep throat, etc.), please inform the school nurse. She will advise you on the appropriate time for your child to return to school.
- ILLNESS, INJURIES AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
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If your child has a potentially life threatening food allergy or is allergic to bees, we will need a signed Emergency Action Plan as well as an Epi-pen and doctor’s order.
If your child has a health issue such as diabetes, seizure disorder or any other health issue that could lead to emergency treatment, we will need a signed Medical Emergency Protocol and any medications and/or supplies necessary to treat the emergency.
If your child uses an inhaler, please make sure we have an Asthma Action Plan (from your child’s doctor) a s well as an inhaler at school. If you and the doctor agree that your child can carry the inhaler or keep in his/her gym locker, we will need the Inhaler Authorization Form filled out and signed by the MD. If your child has a medical condition that may require accommodations during the school day, please fill out the four page IHCP forms so that an Individualized Health Care Plan can be developed. Any health information updates for students with health issues will also be helpful throughout the school year.
You can mail the forms to KPMS Attn: School Nurse when they are completed and drop off any medication and/or supplies to the secretary over the summer or on August 31st which is the first day of school for staff. Please check expiration dates on Epi-pens.
Please ensure that your child's annual physical, as well as updated immunizations, are sent into the Health Office by the first week of school as they are required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Middle school students are expected to have all updated immunizations as well as TDAP and Varivax Booster (chickenpox vaccine).
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Recommends …
MDPH would like to remind you of the new influenza awareness regulation that went into effect this school year. Please access the attached flyer from MDPH . You can visit www.mass.gov/dph/imm, click on ‘School Requirements’ and look under General Resources to access electronically. The flyer is also available on our flu website at www.mass.gov/flu