• Dear Parents/ Guardians,

    The school nurse provides a full range of health services to school age children, which include first-aid, health screenings, managing chronic illnesses, administering medication, providing emotional support, and referrals to support school staff and private physicians for follow up care. All are important in helping your child achieve their maximum potential at school.

    To this end, it is very important to inform the school nurse of any special health considerationsyour child may have, such as asthma, allergies, ADHD, diabetes, seizure disorders, and hearing or vision difficulties. If necessary, the school nurse will help plan any accommodations your child may need during school hours.

    Health screenings are state mandated, non-invasive procedures for K – 4 students that include height and weight, vision and hearing screenings. In Spaulding we do these screenings in the month of October and any needed re-screens in November. Any results that are outside the normal limits will be sent directly to your mailing address after the re-screening has been completed. 

    Physical exams are required by law for all incoming kindergarten and 4th grade students and are to be performed by your private physician.

    The district medication policy states that all medications administered during school hours must have a written doctor’s order and parent permission. This includes all over the counter medication as well as prescriptions. Medications must be supplied by the parent in the original pharmacy container. Students are not allowed to carry medications for their own safety as well as the safety of other students.

    Children will be dismissed from school due to illness or injury ONLY to a parent or person designated on the child’s Emergency Card. Changes or additions to Emergency Cards cannot be made over the phone but must be put in writing with a parent signature.

    School attendance guidelines

    To help prevent the spread of common communicable diseases such as colds and flu to other students and teachers please keep your child home if they have:

    -  fever over 100

    -  have been vomiting, had diarrhea in the last 24 hours

    -  undiagnosed rash

    - signs of infection of eyes, ears, nose, throat, or skin

    - Untreated live lice (school nurse must confirm treatment)

    It is the policy of North Middlesex Regional School District that students are kept home from school until they have not been vomiting or had diarrhea for 24 hours, are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medications such as Tylenol or Advil, and have been on antibiotics for 24 hours for any communicable illness such as strep throat or conjunctivitis. 

     A note from the doctor is needed for any surgery, injury, or prolonged absence due to illness.  This note must state the date it is okay for your child to return to school and any limitations or restrictions, even if there are none (e.g. no limitations needed).

     Additionally, if a parent/guardian sends a child to school with a fever of 100 degrees or more, who is vomiting, has an undiagnosed rash, has signs of infection (eyes or throat), or with signs of bed bugs, the parent/guardian will be required to pick up their child from school.

    Please remember to dress your child appropriate for the weather. If possible dress your child in layers that can be easily removed or put back on as necessary. Proper clothing is essential, especially during the winter months as the children do go outside for recess if the temperature is above freezing.

    Thank you for your attention and cooperation. It is the goal of all at Ashby Elementary School to provide a safe, healthy, and happy environment and to promote the success of your child.

    Sonya Lauritzen, BS,RN, NCSN 
    School Nurse, AES