Health care services are provided by registered nurses in each of our seven schools. Every school has a registered nurse available to provide health care services whenever school is in session. With over 62,000 office visits recorded during the 2010-11 school year, our primary mission is to provide exceptional health services to support every student’s academic success. A nurse leader supervises district-wide health office activities and assures compliance with regulatory standards set by the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health (MDPH) and Elementary and Secondary Education. A school physician serves as an advisor to the nurses.
Please help the school nurse care for your child by
- Informing the nurse if your child has any chronic or acute illnesses
- Communicating with the nurse directly if medication or health needs change or if they have been exposed to a communicable disease such as a strep infection or chicken pox
- Updating the phone numbers on your child’s emergency card so the nurse can always reach you
- Sharing with the nurse if there is an event at home or in the family that may impact your child at school such as serious illness or death of a family member, death of a beloved pet.
Please keep your child home when the following symptoms are present
- Temperature of 100 degrees F or greater within the past 24 hours
- Student must be temperature free for 24 hours without use of med (tylenol/motrin, etc.)
- Vomiting or diarrhea occurring within the past 24 hours
- Strep infections of any kind, ringworm, conjunctivitis, or impetigo. These are all contagious infections and must be treated with medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school
- Rash of unknown origin-this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician
- Pain should be taken seriously, especially in young children. Earaches, toothaches, and headaches should be evaluated
- Untreated lice (pediculosis) infestation
School Health Screenings
As mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Health Unit, Malden Public Schools performs the following health screenings on students:
Hearing – grades K-3, grade 7, grade 10.
Vision – grades K-5, grade 7, and grade 10.
Height and weight- BMI – grades 1, 4, 7, and 10.
Postural screenings on all students grade 5-9.
If your child fails the Vision, Hearing, or Postural screening—you will be notified by letter for follow up with your own physician.
BMI result letters will not be sent home; if you are interested in knowing your child’s BMI, you need to call the school nurse.
Immunization/Physical requirements K-12
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 & 9 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
Parents are encouraged to send in a copy of their student’s yearly physical exam so the school health record can be updated.
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*The Early Learning Center does not permit any peanut/nut products to be brought in to school.
School Nurse Info
Malden Public Schools
Karen Reynolds MSN/MBA, BSN, RN
Nursing Supervisor/Program Manager
529 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148
Victoria MacDonald RN
Lori Barrasso RN
Karen Swartwout RN
Regina Pacor RN
Patti Tramondozzi RN