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Mission Statement
The mission of Attleboro Public Schools Health Services is to provide a program that
enables each student to reach his/her full educational and physical potential. The program is dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of the health and wellness of the school community. In order to achieve this mission, the program strives to:

    • Improve access to health care service for all students
    • Address both the mental and physical needs of students and faculty
    • Advocate for students and families
    • Collaborate with Health Care Providers and families in the community
    • Assess health care needs and implement appropriate interventions
    • Build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy and lifelong learning
    • Continue the professional growth of nurses through continuing education
    • Use computer technology to optimize efficiency of the health program
             

     



Preventing and reducing the spread of germs

As children return to school, it is a good time to remind parents and staff about basic germ prevention to help reduce the spread of ALL illnesses such as colds, flu and viruses.

Please remind your children to:

  • Wash your hands frequently [Warm water, lather, scrub for 20 seconds]
  • Cover your coughs & sneezes 
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Get a flu shot

THE FLU: A Guide for Parents

MRSA – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

MRSA are bacteria that are commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. About 25 – 30% of the population carries this on their bodies at any time and most do not develop infections. Sometimes though, these bacteria may cause an infection -  especially if there is a break in the skin.

For more information on MRSA infections go to the links below:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/m-o/mrsa.pdf   - English

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/m-o/mrsa-sp.pdf    - Spanish

We hope that you find this information helpful! Please contact your school nurse with any questions.



Portable Dental Program

The Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services (CMOH) will be available to provide dental services in our schools for students with “No Dental Home”. The portable dental unit will visit all the Attleboro elementary and middle schools and high school providing there are enough students in that building participating. Application for the dental program must be filled out each academic school year in order to participate.

Dental Application
Dental Permission Request Form
Dental Patient Information Request Form


Formulario de consentimiento dental -
Dental Consent Form Spanish

Notice of Privacy Practices


Immunization Clinic                        immunization                    

Preparing for school means gathering supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health.

Children age 4 to 6 are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio.

Older children – like preteens and teens – need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older. 

 Immunizations 

Childhood immunization plays an invaluable role in protecting public health. School immunization requirements are an important safety net to ensure that as many children as possible are immunized. The school immunization regulations, 105 CMR 220.000: Immunization of Students Before Admission to School reflects the latest recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

The following table summarizes the immunizations required by the State of Massachusetts before admission to school.

Grade

Required Immunizations

Kindergarten and/or
Entry into Massachusetts Schools

5   Doses of DPT                              

4   Doses of Polio                                  

2 Doses of MMR

2 Doses of Varicella   Vaccine or History of Chicken Pox Disease

3 Doses of Hepatitis   B

1 Lead   Test (required for Kindergarten only)

Entry in Grade 7

1   Dose of  Tdap vaccine2

2   Doses of Varicella vaccine

2   Doses of MMR

 

  • Plan your physician appointments accordingly as it may be difficult to make an appointment without sufficient notice. 
  • Please be aware: Your child will not be allowed to begin school in September without these immunizations being completed.

Commonly Asked Questions

When are physicals required?

stethoAll newly enrolled students as well as Grades Pre K, K, 5, 9, and each year for High School sports.

 

Massachusetts Physical Examination Form


State Mandated Screenings:

All health screenings conducted in school are required by Massachusetts State Law. Screenings are ongoing throughout the school year. If you do not wish your child to participate, you must write a letter to the school nurse declining your child’s participation. This letter must be written each year and be specific to which screening you do not wish your child to participate.

Scoliosis Screening
Postural screening is conducted for all grades 5-9. Parents are notified of concerns and referred to their physician for follow-up.

Vision Screenings
Vision Screening are conducted on students in grades 1 - 5, 7 & 10. Parents are notified if the student does not pass for referral to their physician for follow-up.

Hearing Screenings
Hearing screenings are conducted on students in grades 1 - 3, 7 & 10. Parents are notified if the student does not pass for referral to their physician for follow up.

BMI
Growth screening is conducted for students in grades 1, 4, 7 & 10. Height and Weight are measured and calculated into BMI or Body Mass Index.

When should I keep my child home from school?

The following are guidelines and may be reasons why the school nurse would send your child home from school:

  • Temperature greater than 100.4
  • Your child must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication such as Motrin/ibuprofen or Tylenol/acetaminophen
  • Your child must be without vomiting for 24 hours.
  •  If your child is placed on antibiotics s/he must complete 24 hours of dosing prior to returning to school.

If you have any questions about any of the above please call your school nurse and/or check with your pediatrician.

health clip imagePlease remember the importance of the following tips to help prevent the spread of any illness:

 

 

  • Good Hand washing and cough etiquette
  • Keeping students home when they are sick
  • Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as Advil or Tylenol.
When should I contact my child’s School Nurse?
  • Whenever any new medication is prescribed for your child
  • With any new medical diagnosis for your child
  • Upon treatment for any serious injury, illness, or hospitalization
  • With any castings, slings, or sprains that places a physical limitation
  • Every September to renew and/or revise daily medication orders that must be administered during school hours and/or to update health care plans

Please refer to the forms below. If they pertain to your child, please print the appropriate form(s), complete, and plan to meet with the nurse prior to the start of the school year.

Pre-Epipen Action Plan (Updated Feb. 2013)
Asthma Action Plan
Diabetes Plan
Seizure Action Plan (Updated Feb. 2013)
Medical Information

Medical Concerns:
Should your child's health status change during the school year, please be sure to notify the School Nurse. The School Nurse will then be able to assess your child and develop a health care plan for your child during school.

Allergy Awareness

Life Threatening Allergies & Other Medical Concerns
There is an increase of life threatening allergies and other medical concerns in our schools. To assure that all staff and adults working with your child in school are aware of your child’s medical diagnosis and are able to respond appropriately in case of emergency, we have supplied the following regarding Parental Responsibilities:

  • Notify the school of the child’s known allergies or medical issues
  • Notify the school in writing as soon as possible after a new diagnosis of an allergy or medical condition.
  • Provide medical documentation from the child’s health care provider
  • A letter of disclosure signed by the parent for release of medical information about their children must be on file with the school
  • Provide a list of items (such as but not limited to perfumes, gluten, and/or latex), foods and/or ingredients that would cause a life-threatening reaction.
  • Provide an order for epinephrine by a licensed provider as well as other medication needed. Deliver medication(s) to the school nurse in original pharmacy-labeled container(s).
  • Collaborate with the school nurse, and multidisciplinary school team to develop an Allergy Action Plan (AAP) and/or Individualized Health Care Plan (IHC).
  • When possible meet with your child’s team to review your child’s plan. Participate in training and education in the classroom.
  • Educate your child in an age appropriate self-management awareness of his/her allergy and/or medical condition, safe and unsafe actions, items, and/or food strategies for avoiding an allergen, symptoms of an allergic/medical reaction, how and when to tell an adult that a (medical or allergic) reaction is starting, and how to read food and other types of labels that may directly relate to your child’s medical concern.
  • Provide a photo of the child (when appropriate)
  • Provide the school with safe snacks to be used as necessary
  • Accompany child on Field Studies, if possible
  • Provide up to date Emergency Contact numbers

Emergency Medication Availability – Please be aware that there may be times before and/or after regular school hours that areas of the buildings are locked and emergency medication will not be accessible. Please be aware and plan accordingly to have an extra supply available so that your child will have access to their emergency medications on these off hours.

Peanut/Nut Safe Practices: 

Many students who have severe allergic reactions to peanuts and/or nut products may develop a life threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment when exposed to these ingredients. In an effort to keep our schools as safe as possible for those with severe allergic reactions, the Attleboro Public Schools observe peanut/nut safe practices which requests peanut/nut products not be brought into academic areas. Strict avoidance of peanut/nut products is the only way to prevent a life threatening allergic reaction. Please do not send any peanut or nut containing products for your child to eat during snack in the classrooms. Peanut and/or nut products are allowed in the cafeterias during lunch time.

Peanut Allergy Letter (Updated Feb. 2013)

Notification of school personnel as is relates to “life or death” medical concerns:
While the Attleboro School system is entrusted to keep confidential information as it relates to your child. Your child may have a Medical Concern that is potentially “life threatening” and the nurse may deem it necessary to inform staff, on a “need to know” basis. The nurse may determine that it is necessary in order to keep the student safe. This may include (but is not limited to) the bus company and food service workers. If you do not wish the nurse to share medical concerns as it relates to your child safety in school, you must document this in writing and speak directly to the school nurse.

Food Services - Release of Medical Concerns Letter (Updated Feb. 2013)

Bus Release Medical Concerns Letter

Where can I find information on Head Lice?

louseIf your child comes home with Head Lice, don’t panic. Attached please find information to help assist you with managing this problem. Remember when your child is sent home with live lice, you or another adult must accompany that child to school the next day to be cleared by the school nurse. For more information, please contact your child’s school nurse or refer to the website:

 

Pediculosis: Parent Information Sheet
Facts about Head Lice with treatment calendar

General Information

Health Insurance:
Massachusetts requires that all residents have health insurance. For information regarding free or low cost health insurance for children and students ages 19 and under you may contact: Health Care for All @ 1-800-272-4232 or visit their website www.hefama.org/helpline 

Useful Things to Know

Medications:
Any medications given in school are governed by Massachusetts General Laws and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. While every attempt should be made to schedule medication administration outside the school day, this may not be possible in every case. If medication is to be administered in school:

  • The medication must be delivered to the nurse by the child’s parent/guardian in the original pharmacy-labeled container. You may ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home.
  • The Parent/Guardian must complete the “Parent/Guardian Authorization Form”
  • The licensed prescriber must complete a “Medication Order Form”
  • Both completed permission forms must be received by the nurse before medication administration can begin.

Parent Authorization for Medication
Physician's Medication Order
Parent Medication Information Letter

Over the Counter Medication:
The nurse may administer over-the-counter medications to students with completed parent /guardian permission and prescriber orders on file. In the case of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl), the parents/guardian needs to complete an “over the counter” permission form.
Over the Counter Medication Form (Updated Feb. 2013)

Tylenol Use Procedure

As a result of warnings issued by the FDA regarding the dangers related to the misuse and overuse of Tylenol (acetaminophen), the nursing department has in place procedures to monitor and discourage the excessive use of this drug during the school day unless there is proper indication for use. As with any medication administration, nursing assessment is required and is given at the nurse’s discretion. If the nurse has concerns related to use or overuse, a phone call home and/or doctors orders for continuation of this medication may be required. If you have questions regarding the specifics of this procedure, please call your school nurse.

Please be advised that all Over-the-Counter Medications are administered at the Nurse’s discretion.

Communications:
Maintaining communications with your child's nurse is very important. Please make sure that health information, telephone numbers and addresses on your child's emergency card and health record are accurate.

Our Staff

Nurse Coordinator
Deborah Ebert, RN
debert@attleboroschools.com
100 Rathbun Willard Dr.
508-222-5150 ext 1386
Fax: 508-222-7813

Attleboro High School
Lee Ann Carroll, RN
lcarroll@attleboroschools.com

Jennifer Rocha, RN
jrocha@attleboroschools.com

Lisa Wood, RN
lwood@attleboroschools.com

100 Rathbun Willard Dr.
508-222-5150 ext 1250
Fax: 508-222-0673

 

Brennan Middle School
Christine Cerrone, RN
ccerrone@attleboroschools.com
320 Rathbun Willard Dr.
508-223-1547
Fax:508-223-1593

Coelho Middle School
Meredith Ferland, RN
mferland@attleboroschools.com
99 Brown Street
508-761-7551
Fax: 508-399-7612

Wamsutta Middle School
Robin Deshowitz, RN
rdeshowitz@attleboroschools.com
300 Locust Street
508-223-1540
Fax: 508-223-2087

Hill-Roberts Elem. School
Sherri Knight-Cloud, RN
sknightcloud@attleboroschools.com
80 Roy Avenue
508-399-7560
Fax: 508-399-7284

Hyman Fine Elem. School
Shelley Fisher, RN
sdfisher@attleboroschools.com
790 Oak Avenue
508-222-1419
Fax: 508-226-0255

Studley Elem. School
Marie McLaughlin, RN
mmclaughlin@attleboroschools.com
299 Rathbun Willard Drive
508-222-2621
Fax: 508-226-0419

Thacher Elem. School
Lisa Newman, RN
lnewman@attleboroschools.com
160 James Street
508-226-4162
Fax: 508-226-4165

Willett Elem. School
Vicky O'Malley, RN
vomalley@attleboroschools.com
46 Watson Avenue
508-222-0360
Fax: 508-223-1536

 


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