Nurses

School Health Services



The HEALTH OFFICE (A313) is open: 8:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. for students with acute and chronic health issues and/or routine first aid
If the office is closed and assistance is needed outside of these hours please see an Administrator, go to the Front Desk, or to a House Assistant.

Student dismissal through the health office requires a nurse to assess for illness or injury. Students will only be dismissed home with parental permission.

HEALTH OFFICE REQUIREMENTS:
- Yearly parent permission is required for “over the counter medication” see Student Health Emergency Information Form below.

Student Health and Emergency Information Form

IMMUNIZATION
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-vaccination-immunization
required immunizations 2020-2021 school year


NEW REQUIREMENT FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020
- Flu Shot
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health(MDPH) has added a new influenza vaccine requirement for grades K-12. This requirement was put in place to reduce influenza-related morbidity and to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness in a population still facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students will be expected to have received an influenza vaccine for the current influenza season by December 31, 2020 unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Please forward a record of administration

- Menactra
The MDPH requires all 11th graders receive 2 doses of MenACWY.; (formerly MCV4) on or after the 16th birthday and ≥ 8 weeks after the previous dose. 1 dose is acceptable if it was given on or after the 16th birthday. Meningococcal B vaccine is not required and does not meet this requirement.

As part of the MDPH the Immunization Exemptions and Vaccine Preventable Disease Exclusion Guidelines in School Settings requires that a letter be submitted annually at the beginning of the school year.

Definition of Allowable Exemptions: There are two situations in which children who are not appropriately immunized may be admitted to school:
A medical exemption is allowed if a physician submits documentation attesting that an immunization is medically contraindicated; and
A religious exemption is allowed if a parent or guardian submits a written statement that immunizations conflict with their sincere religious beliefs.

Please note that if there is an outbreak of a communicable disease, those students with exemptions may be excluded for the duration of the incubation of that particular illness.

ADDITIONAL STEPS FOR COVID-19
In addition to social distancing, handwashing, the wearing of masks and other precautions, we want to advise you of additional steps that will be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the school community. These measures follow the guidelines for schools from the CDC and DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). As knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, these guidelines may change.

Hand Sanitizer stations are located throughout the building in common areas, and hallways where school staff are commonly present. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of hand sanitizer if ingested with their child. Parents may opt their child out from the use of hand sanitizer. In this case students should utilize hand washing frequently.

Parents and guardians must monitor their children prior to school for signs of illness everyday.
Students who are ill should not attend school in-person OR if they are under quarantine as a close contact to a positive COVID-19 individual. It is VERY important if your child shows any signs of illness, however minor, that they remain home under your observation.

Symptoms related to COVID-19 are as follows:
-fever
-cough
-shortness of breath
-nasal congestion
-runny nose
-body aches
-fatigue
-headache
-loss of taste and/or smell
-sore throat
-nausea
-vomiting
-diarrhea


Any student who presents with symptoms of illness to their teacher/bus driver will be sent to the health office for an illness assessment by the school nurse. After assessment, if the student has any symptoms related to COVID-19, the student will remain in a supervised waiting room and a parent/guardian will be called for the student’s immediate dismissal home. If you will be unable to pick up your child in a timely manner please designate an alternate adult to pick up your child. The parent/guardian will be advised to contact their child’s health care provider and have the student tested for COVID-19.

MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION:
All medication will be stored and dispensed through the Health Office. This includes over the counter medications and prescription medications. For safety reasons, students should never transport medication to and from school or keep medicine in their possession during the school day. The parent/guardian or an authorized adult are requested to deliver medication to the health office please call ahead and we will come to your car for delivery.

If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school, a written authorization from the parent, a medication order from a licensed prescriber, and the pharmacy labeled container are required.

Under certain circumstances, in consultation with the school nurse, a student may self-administer asthma inhalers, insulin, or Epi-pens® during the school day after receipt of an updated action plan with consent from their healthcare provider and the parent authorization form. See below for forms.

Prescriber Authorization for Prescription Medication Administration Form

Parent Authorization for Prescription Medication Administration Form

LS Asthma Action Plan

L-S Allergy Action Plan

L-S Seizure Action Plan


Any medications that are not picked up by the last day of school will be destroyed. Contact your school nurse for more information.

HEALTH SCREENINGS:
Lincoln Sudbury provides health screenings for students as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This includes postural screenings for 9th graders, as well as vision, hearing and Body Mass Indexscreening for 10th graders.

If your student is under care for scoliosis or you wish to opt out please use the form below.

Health Office Posture Screen Form Refusal 6 2018

SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral for assessment that can be utilized in the school setting.

In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted an Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention (STEP Act) which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use screening and education. Legislation can be found at https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter52 (see Sections 15, 63, 64, 66).

Parents will be notified prior to commencement of this screening with an opt out option. This screening is done as part of 9th grade wellness class.

All 10th grade students are required to have a physical examination on file at the health office .


EXEMPTIONS FROM WELLNESS
If a student is to be excused from a Wellness class, a signed and dated letter from a health care provider must be on file in the Health Office.