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Health Screenings At The High School

Every year the Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires the school nurse to provide certain health screenings for students. These screenings supplement your physician’s routine physical examinations. The annual school nurse screenings include evaluation of vision for all students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, 7th grade and 10th grade. Evaluation of hearing is done for all students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, 7th grade and 10th grade. Postural screening for scoliosis is done in grades 5 through 9. Recent changes to the growth screenings for height and weight require that all students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 be measured and their Body Mass Index, or BMI be calculated.

A Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a measure that is used to show a person’s “weight for height for age.” It is calculated using an individual’s height and weight. Just like a vision screening test, a BMI can be a useful tool in identifying possible health risks.

The purpose of the BMI Screening Program is to give you information about your child’s weight status and ideas for living a healthy life. In the Pentucket Regional School District we address our student’s health and wellness with a comprehensive approach that includes health screenings, physical activity programs, nutrition and health education.

The school nurse will supervise your child’s screening and will make sure your child’s privacy is respected at all times. The results of your child’s health screenings are strictly confidential – the results will be kept in your child’s school health record. You will be notified of your child’s results from the BMI screening and we encourage you to share this information with your child’s health care provider. Your child’s doctor or nurse is in the best position to evaluate his or her overall health and can explain the results of his or her BMI screening. You will also be notified if your child did not pass the vision, hearing or postural screenings.

The purpose of this screening program is to give you information about your child’s health and well being and to increase community awareness of healthy eating and active living. The Pentucket Regional School district is very interested in making sure that children are healthy and ready to learn. This year, the Health Screening Program will again be part of our efforts.

Please contact the school nurse if you do not want your child to participate in these Health Screenings or if you have any questions about the Health Screening Program. Additional information about children’s wellness and fitness is available upon request. Sincerely, PRSD School Nurses

Health Services

Fact Sheets

How to protect yourself and your loved ones against seasonal flu, avian flu or any cough illness

MRSA Parent Letter


Health Forms

State Examination Form

Inhaler Permission Form

Medication Permission Form

Emergency Action Plan for Anaphylaxis


When to keep your child home

Parents are asked to notify the School Nurse immediately in the event of a contagious disease condition so that the necessary steps may be taken to protect the health of other adolescents. If your child becomes ill at school, the School Nurse will make every effort to contact the parent to make arrangements for dismissal.

If your child has a contagious illness such as chicken pox, flu or strep throat, a staph infection or impetigo, please keep him/her home. If diagnosed with strep throat, your child must be fever free and on an antibiotic for at least 24-48 hours before returning to school. If absent due to chicken pox, a rare occurrence in adolescents these days, please advise the School Nurse as this must be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the child must be out of school for at least 7 days or until all pox are crusted over. If your child has a skin rash or condition NOT diagnosed by a doctor If your child has a fever that causes chills, sweating, or muscle aches OR a temperature of 100º F or higher within the past 24 hours (Remember- fever free in the past 24 hours, without taking Advil or Tylenol,  before returning to school!) If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea  

Medication Policy

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Download Inhaler Permission Form

The Pentucket Regional High School follows the guidelines of the State Board of Registration in Nursing and the State Department of Public Health, School Health Unit. The Policy is as follows and no exceptions to these rules may be made: 1.) A parent and licensed provider (physician or nurse practitioner) Must sign the consent forms for regularly scheduled medications to be given in school. These two forms are available from the School Nurse or click on this link to download the forms. 2.) For short-term medications such as antibiotics, parental consent is required but the medication brought to school in the original container from the pharmacy is sufficient for physician consent. Please note that MOST antibiotics can be given at home before school, after school and before bedtime. Only enough medication for the school days needed should be brought to school. Keep the rest of the medication at home for use there. 3.) Only a 30-day supply of medication may be brought to school by a responsible adult. NO child is permitted to bring medication, of any kind, to school, including over the counter medications. 4.) No medications will be accepted by the School Nurse if brought to school in an envelope or plastic baggie. 5.) Adolescents MAY NOT carry any medications, including Tylenol or Advil, to school, in backpacks or bags or have them on their person at any time. Please see your childs school handbook for the specific policy and consequences if found to have medications on their person. 6.) Under certain circumstances, and with parental consent, adolescents may carry their own asthma inhalers in school. Click here for the permission form or contact the School Nurse for the required form.

Injuries at School

While every effort is made to keep all children safe at school, accidents and injuries do occur. Injuries at school, if severe, will be handled as an emergency situation and an ambulance will be called to take the child to the nearest Emergency Room facility. The parent/guardian will be notified immediately if an ambulance is necessary.

Potentially Life Threatening Allergies

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More and more children are being diagnosed with potentially life threatening allergies. These allergies include peanuts, tree nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, walnuts), eggs, milk, shellfish, soy and wheat. Other allergies include bee or wasp stings. If your child has been diagnosed with one of these allergies, or another life threatening allergy and requires an Epi-pen, it is extremely important for the parent/guardian to speak to the School Nurse, to supply the school with two Epi-pens, submit the physician and parent medication forms (see link above) and send in a picture of the student for the Emergency Action Plan. Emergency Action Plans, while kept confidential, are given to the students teachers for safety reasons. The School Nurse trains all staff in the building on a yearly basis, in the use of an Epi-pen. For any questions or concerns regarding this situation, please call the School Nurse at ext 111.

 Emergency Health Information Cards

 Emergency Health Form

In order to care for your child at school, the School Nurse needs vital information such as a health history, emergency contact numbers, medications that your child may be taking and other pertinent information that may help the School Nurse to provide quality care and to keep your child safe at school. Forms are given out at school on the first day back each year. They need to be returned to the School Nurse in a timely manner, where they will be kept on file through out the year. The form also gives the School Nurse permission to give your child over the counter medications such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprophen (Advil), Tums, cough drops and Antihistamines (Benadryl) if needed. Your signature implies permission for the above. Without this information your child will not be able to receive medications at school should the need arise. Please click on this link to download the form or see the School Nurse if your child has lost his/her form.

****PLEASE NOTE- On this years form the word Tylenol was inadvertently omitted from the form under medications allowed to be dispensed by the School Nurse. Your signature on the form will imply permission for this medication also. If you do not want your child to have medications at school for whatever reason, please call the School Nurse NOW at ext. 111. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.