About School Health Services
The primary mission of School Health Services is to provide exceptional health services to support every student's academic success. Each school building has an assigned School Nurse Educator. Depending on the size of the student population, some buildings have two nurses and/or a health aide.
Health services are provided by registered nurses who are assisted in some offices by health aides. The Director of School Health Services supervises district-wide health office activities and assures compliance with regulatory standards set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). A school physician serves as an adviser to the health office staff. See School Health Services Brochure.
Services are provided during regular school hours throughout the school year and during the extended summer program. The school nurse is not present in the building during after-school programs and during summer camp activities. If your child has a medical need (i.e. life-threatening allergy, asthma, diabetes, seizure disorder, etc.) and attends any after-school programs or summer camp activities in the schools, please complete the Extra-Curricular Emergency Medical Information Form. The completed form should be returned to the school where it will be held by the staff member responsible for the program or kept on file in the Main Office.
Extra-Curricular Emergency Medical Information Form: after-school program
Extra-Curricular Emergency Medical Information Form: summer camp activities
The School Nurse Educators also train school staff in EpiPen administration for students with known life-threatening allergies, and conduct CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) certifications for select staff. Another function of School Health Services, and one that is equally important, is to keep the community advised of the most recent health / illness trends and available health related programs. This information can be found under "Important Health Updates". Click here or on the link below.
Along with the daily care provided to students with special health needs and routine interventions for first aid and physical complaints, the school nurses perform vision and hearing screenings on students in selected grades; nurses at the middle and high schools also conduct postural screening for scoliosis. At the elementary schools, the school nurses manage the Fluoride Mouth Rinse Program for participating students. Each of these programs and screenings, along with a review of medical and social history, allow the school nurse to identify At Risk students early on.
Finally, the school nurses and health aides:
- Conduct health fairs at the high schools and elementary schools;
- Provided CPR/AED and EpiPen Training for staff, students and bus drivers;
- Teach babysitting training course; and,
- Participate in a Walk to School Day
Last update: September 7, 2017