Health Office

Dawn Murray R.N.B.S.N.
Phone: 781-639-3190 Fax: 781-639-3192

Because of the physical limitations and ages of some of our children, increased susceptibility to infection is a very real concern. We work in such close contact and share common work and play equipment, so spread of infection or illness from one individual to another is common. Although we do make a sincere effort to regularly disinfect commonly used objects; the best protection from illness is to keep your child home when symptoms of illness are present. When you call the absentee line, please specify the nature of the illness.

Here are some guidelines to follow:

Keep your child home if he/she...

Has evidence of a newly developed cold/flu (runny, stuffy nose, persistent cough, sneezing). The greatest period of contagion is the first 2-3 days after onset of symptoms.
Has an elevated temperature, over 100 (degrees) within the past 24 hours.
Has an undiagnosed rash.
Has a sore or discharging eye(s) or ear(s).
Has had an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
Has a contagious disease (i.e. strep throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, etc.) until he/she has been on medication at least 24 - 48 hours from the first dose.

If your child should develop any of these or other symptoms hindering the child's availability to learn during school hours, the school nurse will notify you and the child will be dismissed. Please keep your emergency contacts updated as they will be notified for a dismissal if you are not available. The child is expected to be picked up in a timely manner to reduce the spread of illness to other students and/or staff.

If your child has a communicable disease, please notify your child's teacher and school nurse. Before returning to school, your child will need to be checked by the school nurse or have a certificate from your doctor (contact the school nurse to see which is applicable).

 Disease  Recommended Minimum Absence From School
 Chicken Pox  7 days from appearance of first eruption, lesions crusted and fever free
 Streptococcal Infections
 (i.e. strep. throat, scarlet fever)
 24 - 48 hours after first dose of medicine and no fever of 100 (degrees) for past 24 hours
 Pneumonia  Doctor's certificate for re-entry
 Impetigo  24 hours after medical treatment has begun - lesions must be covered in school
 Ringworm  Note from doctor that treatment has begun and child may return to school
 Scabies  Note from doctor that child had been treated and may return to school
 Conjunctivitis  24 hours after medication begun, no drainage
 Pinworm  24 - 48 hours after treatment has begun


If your child needs to take medication during the school day or has an inhaler or EpiPen please bring them to the health office with the three forms required by the State for medication administration in the school setting. The M.D. Order, Parent consent and the amended field trip permission slip forms can be downloaded here. The forms need to be updated at the beginning of each school year.

Also for safety sake please check the expiration dates on medications before bringing them to school. We will not be able to accept expired medications. All medications need to be in the original prescription bottle with current administration directions.

Massachusetts General Law CMR220.500 states that all students entering Pre-K, K, 1st, 4th, and 10th grade are required to submit a copy of their most recent physical exam and immunizations to the health office prior to the start of school. In addition kindergarten, 7th grade and 12th grade students need an immunization update. The physical exam must be dated within 12 months prior to the start of school. Please send in a copy of your child's most recent physical and immunization record.

Weather Watch!
The children go out to recess every day unless there is inclement weather. Please send your children prepared for the weather with appropriate outerwear, hats, mittens and footwear.

Nutrition update
Preschool and school age children expend a great deal of energy throughout the day.
Please remember to pack a healthy snack and lunch to help maintain your children's energy level and metabolism. Try selecting foods from at least three different groups. Mix a variety of dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains to balance out daily nutritional needs.

Screening Information:
In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, over the school year, the nurse will be conducting state mandated health screenings in vision, hearing, height, weight and BMI.

Parents will be confidentially notified of any findings that are not within state guidelines.

If you do not want your child to participate in the state mandated health screenings please contact Dawn Murray R.N. in the health office at 781 639-3190 EXT: 1010

Acceptable foods for school celebrations (updated)

Room Parents please use this list as a guide when planning school celebrations. When planning please refer to the list of classroom allergies and check with your classroom teacher about specific foods they would like for the celebration.
All food must be store bought with a nutritional label and checked by the school nurse 48 hours prior to the event.

Whole Fruits (ie) apples,bananas,clementines,halos/ fruits in season
Store purchased cut up fruits and vegetables
Stoneyfield Yokids squeezers/frozen
Create your own smoothies using fresh/frozen fruits,yogurt, juice, ice in a blender.
Create veggie people from cut up vegetables.
Cheese and whole grain Crackers(ie) triscuits
Cheese sticks
Mini whole wheat bagels/cream cheese
Low sugar cereals Cheerios,Chex
Steel cut oats in a crockpot
100% juice orange,cranberry, grape ie: Honest Kids brand for juice boxes
Create your own Natural soda pop/mix orange or cranberry juice 1 part juice to 4 parts carbonated water/add slices of fresh orange. (Prepare in school)
Whole Grain english muffin pizza with cut up veggies(prepared in school)
Hummus with cut up veggies*(check for sesame Tahini) some students w/ sesame allergy
White bean dip
Skinnypop popcorn
Smartfood popcorn
Pirates booty
Snyder's pretzels/Gluten free Snyder's pretzels
Rice Cakes
Elan Frozen yogurt

For more health information visit the district Health Services page.

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