Salemwood School Nurses

Cathy Donoghue, RN: 781- 388-0652
Debbie Spadafora, RN: 781-388-0606
Designated School Nurse Fax: 781-324-4263

PLEASE KEEP YOUR SCHOOL NURSE INFORMED OF YOUR CHILD’S MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND HEALTH CARE NEEDS

 

*Most Important*  Keep your Telephone/Contact Information Up to Date!!


Immunization/Physical requirements

All immunizations must meet Massachusetts minimum requirements and must be certified in writing by a licensed physician before a child is admitted to school.

Massachusetts State law requires the following immunizations:

*Kindergarten entrance requirements:

DPT (Diptheria, Petussin, Tetanus) – 5 doses
Polio – 4 doses
MMR – 2 doses
Hepatitis B – 3 doses
Varicella – 2 doses or documented disease history from MD
TB test and results or note from MD for exclusion
Physical Exam – within the last year of school entrance date
Lead screening – most recent
Stereopsis Vision Screening
Grade 5 entrance requirements:

Physical Exam – completed within one  year from the first day of school
*Grades 7 entrance requirements:

Tdap – 1 dose
Varicella – 2 doses

*ALL New Students:

MUST meet state law immunization grade level requirements
MUST have a current physical exam done within 1 year of entrance to school
MUST have a current TB test with results

* Physicians must document any medical or religious exemptions


Prescription Medication

Daily medication– if your child needs medication daily while in school – once you have the medication and doctor’s order – please contact the school nurse directly and we will help you with necessary paperwork to begin.
Temporary or short term medication – (such as an antibiotic) – if your child needs to take any short term medication while in school, please send a written note stating the time and amount to be given.  All medication must be in the original bottle so please ask the pharmacy for an extra bottle for school.
As needed medication – Inhalers/Nebulizers/Epipens – if you child should need any such medications please obtain a doctor’s order and see the school nurse directly for a parent form.

ALL PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS NEED A NEW DOCTOR’S ORDER EACH YEAR.

DAILY MEDICATIONS WILL BE DISPOSED OF THE LAST DAY OF school IF NOT PICKED UP BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN.

AS NEEDED MEDICATION/EPIPENS – WILL BE SENT HOME WITH STUDENT ON THE LAST OF DAY OF SCHOOL IF NOT PICKED UP BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN.

Non-prescription Medication – includes Tylenol, Advil, Tums, Benadryl, cold medicines, cough syrups etc.

These medications may be given by the school nurse with a parent/guardian’s written permission.  Please include the  name of the medication, amount and time to be given if needed during the school day.

The school does not supply these medications; they may be brought from home in the original container.  We ask that large quantities are not sent, because space is limited to store medications.


According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, yearly screenings are required

Vision and Hearing Screenings – grades K-8
Height and Weight Screenings – grades K-8
Postural Screenings – grades 5-8
BMI Assessments – grades 1, 4 and 7


When Do I Keep My Child Home?

ILLNESS/FEVER:

Children who are ill or showing signs of becoming ill should not be sent to school.

A child with a fever should remain home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours ( without medication ).  If a child becomes ill at school, parents will be notified and will be expected to provide transportation for their sick child. Children will not be allowed to leave school alone and should be picked up from the school nurse’s office.

****If your child is sent home sick and has a fever, he/she MUST stay home the following day and remain at home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours (without medication).

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES:

Children showing symptoms of a communicable disease (sore throat, red eyes, unusual skin eruptions, head lice, etc.) are not permitted to attend school. No child shall be readmitted to school until seen by a physician and/or the school nurse are satisfied that the condition is no longer transmittable.

CRUTCHES/CAST/SLING/ELEVATOR

Any student requiring crutches,cast,or sling use must inform the school nurse. A doctor’s note is required stating length of treatment and activity level in school , such as recess and gym.

*ELEVATOR USE REQUIRES A DOCTOR’S NOTE

When a student reports to school with crutches without a doctor’s note ,a parent will be notified and the child will be sent home. Student may return to school when proper documentation is received by the school nurse.


MPS Regulations For Childhood And Communicable Diseases Are As Follows:

CHICKEN POX– your child must remain home until all lesions are crusted over. *Must have a doctor’s note to verify for reentry.

FIFTH’S DISEASE– No isolation is required. Children may attend school, please notify nurse if positive diagnosis is made by physician.

STREP THROAT– May return to school 24 hours after medication is started and doctor’s note is submitted.

SCARLET FEVER– same as strep throat

HEADLICE– proper treatment including removal of all nits before returning to school. MUST BE CLEARED BY THE SCHOOL NURSE TO RE-ENTER.

SCABIES– may return to school after medication therapy is started. MUST have a doctor’s note to reenter.

CONJUNCTIVITIS/IMPETIGO/PINWORMS/RINGWORM – Children may be readmitted to school after medication is started and doctor’s note obtained.

******If your child is absent from school for 5 or more consecutive days a doctor’s note is required when he/she returns.

Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions.