The responsibility for the student's health and well-being rests with the family. School health programs supplement the efforts of the family and the private physician by providing an expanded health team consisting of school and health personnel.
A school nurse is on site daily, between 8:30am and 3:00pm.
The school attempts to provide a safe and healthy environment for the student. If an accident or sudden illness occurs at school, the school nurse will administer first aid and notify the parent so that the student may be taken home or to a private physician. In serious emergencies, the student will be transported to the nearest hospital by ambulance and the parent(s) will be notified. For these reasons, it is important that parents provide the school with the following information to be included on the student verification form:
- The address and telephone numbers where parents can be reached, both at home and at work.
- The name, address, and telephone number of a neighbor or nearby relative who has agreed to assume responsibility when parents cannot be reached.
- The name, address, and telephone number of the family physician.
- The school will give no treatment, other than first aid.
Children who are ill should not attend school nor should students return to school after recovering from an illness until they are able to participate in the total school program. If any modifications of the school program need to be made, the parent and private physician should inform the school.
When should a student stay at home:
- If your child has vomited due to illness; they should remain out of school for a minimum of 24 hours after vomiting has ceased.
- If your child has a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher; they should remain out of school for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication.
- If your child has been treated with an antibiotic for a contagious infection they need to be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Children should never carry medication in school. Only the school nurse can administer medication. Whenever possible, a child’s medication schedule should be arranged so that it may be taken at home.
When children need to take medication during school, parents must bring the medication, along with a completed medication order/permission form signed by both a parent and the child’s physician, to the school nurse. Medication forms can be obtained from the school nurse or from a link on the Claypit Hill School web page under Health Services/Forms.
All medication-both prescription and over the counter- must be in its original container.(you may ask your pharmacist for a school bottle). Prescription medication must have the pharmacy label. Prescription medication given for 10 days or less does not require a written doctor’s order. They do however, require written parental permission and must be in an original container from your pharmacist.
Over the counter medications may be administered by the school nurse with parental permission. These include: ibuprofen (motrin), tylenol (acetaminophen),benadryl, tums, bacitracin, neosporin , and hydrocortisone 1% cream. Parent permission has to be signed on the student verification form filled out each September.
Reactions to Insect Stings & Allergic Reactions
If your child has been diagnosed by a physician with a life-threatening allergic reaction, and requires an Epinephrine (Epi-Pen), please notify the school nurse. A doctor’s order and parent permission form must be completed at the start of each academic school year and submitted to your school nurse. Forms may be obtained from the school nurse, or from the link on the Claypit Hill School web page under Health Services/Forms.
Reports of physical exams, including immunization records, are required for all kindergarten, new entrants, and all students in grades 4,7,and 10. If a medical reason precludes immunization, a physician’s written statement to this effect must be presented before the child is admitted to school; if there is a religious reason, a written statement must be submitted by the parent before admission.
The Massachussetts Department of Public Health requires screenings as follows:
- Vision Grades 1-5
- Hearing Grades 1-3
- Postural Screening Grade 5
- BMI (height & weights) Grades 1 and 4
Parents/guardians will be notified in writing, only if the student does not pass the screening.
Please contact the school nurse, Noreen D'Amico BSN,RN at 508-358-3779 with any questions.