The goal of North Middlesex Regional Schools is to strive for excellent attendance. There are times when your child may not be perfectly healthy, but is able to participate in normal school activities. We would encourage your child to attend on those days. If you feel it is questionable that your child will make it through a full day of school, please send a note in to the school nurse with numbers where you can be reached. The Nurses at North Middlesex Regional Schools have formulated the following guidelines for school attendance.
Please keep your child home from school if they display any of the following symptoms:
Fever of 100 degrees or more, and until the child has had a normal temperature for 24 hours; without the use of Tylenol or Advil
Vomiting or diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school
Uncontrollable or infectious (phlegm-laden) cough
Abdominal pain lasting more than 2 hours
Rash of unknown cause
Signs of infection of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, skin or scalp. For example: conjunctivitis or pink eye, open sores in mouth, untreated strep throat, impetigo or open weeping wounds
If on antibiotics for less than 24 hours for infectious conditions such as strep throat, conjunctivitis or impetigo
Untreated lice and/or presence of nits (eggs) or scabies.
Please remember to call the absent line at your child’s school to report his/her illness. Please try to call the absent line early in the morning if your child will be out. The Spaulding Memorial School's absent line is 978-597-0383 by 9:00 AM to report an absence or late arrival.
In compliance with Massachusetts General Law and for the safety of our students, this medication policy has been written and will be strictly enforced.
The policy for administration of medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, during school hours is as follows:
Medication must be accompanied by a MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM signed by both the physician and the parent. A signed physician's order, stipulating specific diagnosis requiring treatment, accompanied by a MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM signed by parent will also be accepted.
Medication must be supplied by the parent in the original pharmacy container. (Please ask your pharmacist to provide a second container and send only the amount of medication needed to school.)
Medication is kept locked in the nurse's office and is dispensed by the School Nurse. For their own safety and the safety of other students, students are not allowed to carry medication to or during school.
All medication orders must be for treatment of specifically diagnosed medical need and must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.
lease have your child’s physician complete a Medication Permission Form any time your child will need to have medication administered during school hours. An adult must transport all medications to school in the original prescription or product container. The doctor’s order must match the label on the pharmacy container. New containers with the new medication order must be obtained when the prescription changes. When medication is discontinued, it must be picked up by an adult within two weeks or it is destroyed. Please note students are not allowed to carry any type of medication with them, either prescription or over-the-counter.
Health screenings are state mandated, non-invasive procedures for K – 4 students that include height and weight, vision and hearing screenings. At 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. Please provide documentation of the physical exam to the school nurse.