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Health Services

 

 

Kate Shmulsky, BSN, RN

781.944.1236 x322    781.942.9008 (fax)

kate.shmulsky@reading.k12.ma.us

 

WELCOME TO THE HEALTH OFFICE

Parents/guardians are asked to notify the school nurse if their child has any medical problems, e.g. allergies, asthma, chronic illness, vision or hearing difficulties. The health office triages staff and student illnesses, manages and documents the State of Massachusetts’ mandated screenings, immunization compliance and physical…

Parents/guardians are asked to notify the school nurse if their child has any medical problems, e.g. allergies, asthma, chronic illness, vision or hearing difficulties.

The health office triages staff and student illnesses, manages and documents the State of Massachusetts’ mandated screenings, immunization compliance and physical examinations. Annual documentation is necessary for each School year for:

Grade 6: Postural screening, immunization compliance, current physical

Grade 7: Postural, hearing, vision, BMI screening, Tdap immunization compliance

Grade 8: Postural screening, immunization compliance

All 7th graders need a current Tdap vaccine for the start of school.  Please forward records to the Health Office as soon as they receive their shots (even during the summer). Please note your child can be excluded from attending school if these are not complete as they are required by the State.

If students become ill at school it is expected that they go to the health office. 

 

Students should remain at home when the following symptoms are present:

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees F or greater within the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting occurring within the past 24 hours
  • Strep infections, untreated ringworm, bacterial conjunctivitis, or impetigo (must be treated with medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Rash of unknown origin - this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician

Activity restrictions keeping students out of Physical Education, lasting longer than one class, need a note from a medical provider.  If students are placed on medical restrictions, they will need a medical release (written by their doctor) to be able to return to activities.

ALL MEDICATIONS are administered by the school nurse during school hours. Students will need completed:

  • RPS Medication Administration form with parental consent and doctor’s order
  • Medication(s) delivered to school by an adult in original packaging, labeled
  • Allergy Action Plan, Asthma Action Plan, & Emergency Care Plan if applicable

 

Metered-dose asthma inhalers, insulin and Epi-pens are the only medications that may be self-carried and self-administered by students with appropriate completed forms.  

Students are not permitted to carry or self-administer ANY over the counter medication.

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