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Last Updated: 08/25/2017

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The nurses are integral members of the educational team who assist each child develop his/her full potential, physically, mentally and socially. The nurses provide comprehensive health services, teach disease prevention strategies, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

The Role of the School Nurse includes:

  1. Providing chronic and emergency care for students and staff
  2. Conducting mandated health screenings
  3. Providing health counseling and education
  4. Administering medication and performing assessment
  5. Developing Individual Health Care Plans for students with special health care needs
  6. Interpreting immunization and health screening data
  7. Providing resources to access primary health care services
  8. Promoting environmental health and safety
  9. Providing linkage to community resources
  10. Collaborating with community agencies and accessing resources via the World Wide Web'

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When should your child stay home from school?
  • When your child has a contagious illness such as strep throat, flu, or chicken pox.
  • When your child has had a fever of 100.4 F or above within the past 24 hours.
  • When your child has red/pink eyes or drainage from the eyes.
  • When your child is vomiting, has diarrhea, or is unable to manage his/her secretions.
  • When your child has head lice or nits (In this case the child must be seen by the school nurse before returning to school).
  • If your child is not feeling well enough to participate in the school day.

Please Note:

  • Please notify the school nurse if your child is out of school for an extended period of time and/or under the care of a physician.
  • A note is required each time a student is absent.
  • A physician's certificate is required for absences of five (5) or more days.
  • Written notifications from the physician and parent/guardian are required when it is necessary to excuse a child from physical education. Such notification should clearly detail restrictions and identify date when participation in the physical education program may resume.
  • Immunizations and physical examinations must be in compliance and up to date with state regulations.

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Medication Policy
  • Hanover Schools Health Services encourages parents/guardians, whenever possible, to administer medications before and/or after school.
  • Medications needed during school hours, must be administered by the nurse. A physician's order and parent/guardian permission form with the medication are required.
  • All medications must be delivered to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container by the parent/guardian or responsible adult. No child is permitted to bring medication to school.
  • All medications must be stored in the health office.
  • Communication with your child's school nurse regarding medications, illness/injury, and other pertinent issues that could affect your child's day. at school is very important.
School Nurses Contact information
Middle School
Joelle Casey
Center School
Carol Krall
High School
Rosalind H. Davis
Sylvester School
Maureen Shea
Cedar School
Maura Dowling

Coordinator of Health Services
Patricia H. Smith


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