Health Services

 
“School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success and life long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development, promote health and safety, intervene with actual and potential health problems, provide case management services and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.”  -National Association of School Nurses

To phone our office directly please dial 978-755-6100 or by email, please use the email address listed above followed by @nmrsd.org.

North Middlesex Regional High School Nurses

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Maryellen Cappucci, RN x2412 mcappucc
Susan Haigh, RN x2412 shaigh
Meg Preston, RN x2411 mpreston

While it is important for children to be in school as much as possible, please keep them home with a fever over 100, a disruptive cough or cold, or if they have been vomiting or had diarrhea. They may return to school 24 hours after the fever breaks or the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.

9th grade | 10th grade/11th grade/12th grade / Life-Threatening Allergies / Medication Policies / Sports and Physicals/ Emergency Cards

9th Grade Parents: Scoliosis screening is done on all 9th grade students. If you receive a letter from us it means that the school nurse has recommended that your child follow-up with their own physician. Please return the referral forms to us as soon as you can. If your child is already under medical care you can notify the school nurse in writing to opt out.

10th Grade Parents: All students are screened for vision and hearing and height and weight for BMI according to Massachusetts State Regulations. These tests are done over a period of time throughout the year as to not impact on the student’s ‘time on learning’. We will send all vision and hearing referral letters home for students that need further evaluation.
Height, Weight and BMI are done on all students. You can notify the school nurse in writing by September 15thto have your child opt out of the screening. You will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of your child’s results.

11th Grade Parents: All students are required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Massachusetts Department of Public Health to have an up to date physical on file BEFORE the 11th grade. Please have your child bring their recent physical to the health office. Those students that do not have an updated physical on file will be notified.

12th Grade Parents: Students will be given their complete medical record at graduation practice. Please keep this information in a safe place since they may need it for college, military and/or employment. No copies will be kept on file in the health office after graduation.

Life-Threatening Allergies
If your child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy, please notify the school nurse. You will need to provide the completed Allergy Action Plan pages 1-3, to the school nurse (these can be downloaded from this site). We recommend that you provide TWO EpiPens® for your child in the event that your child needed a second dose of Epinephrine before the ambulance was able to get to your child.
• It is required that all allergy paperwork be completed and an EpiPen® on hand to participate in any school field trips.
• If your child’s physician deems your child to no longer have a life-threatening allergy, please bring documentation of this change from your child’s physician to the school nurse.
Medication Policies
A medication administration plan should be developed with the nurse, including plans for field trips. Parent/legal guardians should retrieve all medications at the end of the school year or they will be disposed of on the last day of school.

If a prescription medication is to be given at school, it must be in the pharmacy bottle with the prescription label attached. Please download the Medication Permission Form from the "forms" link on this webpage. This form must be signed by a physician and the parent/guardian. Please bring the completed Medication Permission Form to the nurses' office with the prescription.
A parent must bring in all medications to the school. By law, students are not allowed to carry any meds on their person at any time with the exception of inhalers and Epi pens.

Sports Physicals
According to MIAA rules, all students participating in school sports must pass a physical examination within 13 months of the start of each season. Please mail or bring in a copy of your child’s physical, to the nurse’s office and we will notify the coach that we have received the up to date physical.

Sports physicals are offered every spring at the school by the district physician or practitioner.

Emergency Cards
Emergency cards are distributed to all students on the first day of school. It is very important that this card is completed and promptly returned to school. Complete information is necessary to ensure your child’s health and safety while at school. All information is confidential. Please provide insurance information to verify student health care coverage. If a child becomes ill or is injured at school, we will attempt to notify the parent/guardian. However, if this is not possible, emergency contacts listed on the reverse side of the emergency card will be notified and the student will be released to them. Please make sure your emergency contacts are local and known to your child. Please also inform your emergency contacts that they will need to provide proper identification, such as a driver’s license, so that your child may be safely released to their care. In the case of a life-threatening illness or injury, the student will be transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Please update any necessary information during the school year, including change in phone numbers and change in employment, so that we are able to contact you in the event of an emergency.
 

 

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