Resources from Health Services
The mission of Attleboro Public Schools Health Services is to provide a program that
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
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
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
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 Permission Request Form
Dental Patient Information Request Form
Formulario de consentimiento dental - Dental Consent Form Spanish
Notice of Privacy Practices
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.
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.
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?
All 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.
Postural screening is
conducted for all grades 5-9. Parents are notified of concerns and
referred to their physician for follow-up.
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 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
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.
Please remember the importance of the following tips to help prevent the spread of any illness:
When should I contact my child’s School Nurse?
- 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.
- 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
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
Seizure Action Plan (Updated Feb. 2013)
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.
Life Threatening Allergies & Other Medical Concerns
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
- 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:
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?
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
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
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
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.
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.
Deborah Ebert, RN
100 Rathbun Willard Dr.
508-222-5150 ext 1386
Attleboro High School
Lee Ann Carroll, RN
Jennifer Rocha, RN
Lisa Wood, RN
100 Rathbun Willard Dr.
508-222-5150 ext 1250
Brennan Middle School
Christine Cerrone, RN
320 Rathbun Willard Dr.
Coelho Middle School
Meredith Ferland, RN
99 Brown Street
Wamsutta Middle School
Robin Deshowitz, RN
300 Locust Street
Hill-Roberts Elem. School
Sherri Knight-Cloud, RN
80 Roy Avenue
Hyman Fine Elem. School
Shelley Fisher, RN
790 Oak Avenue
Studley Elem. School
Marie McLaughlin, RN
299 Rathbun Willard Drive
Thacher Elem. School
Lisa Newman, RN
160 James Street
Willett Elem. School
Vicky O'Malley, RN
46 Watson Avenue