Health Office

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

Mission Statement

School Health Services will promote health and wellness in order that students and staff may work in an environment conducive to learning.

The school health team for the elementary schools consists of school nurses Bonnie McAlpine, R.N., Noreene Davis, R.N. ,Diane Meagher, R.N., Susan Blackwood, RN and Catherine Byrnes, RN. Our school physician is Geraldine Rubin, M.D.

The primary responsibility for your child's health and well-being is the parents'. Your school nurse is available to assist students and families with questions and concerns that relate to your child's health. Parents are encouraged to call the nurse, Noreene Davis, for information and advice. The school nurse works closely with teachers and others to ensure that your child's educational goals are being met.

The school nurse collaborates with parents and others in the assessment process to help identify children with special learning needs. She may initiate referrals. The school nurse provides the necessary link between educators and the medical community.

A cumulative health record is maintained on each child K-12. This includes a required physical exam by the family physician and the following required immunizations (RSA 200:38).

The New Hampshire state law requires that all students must have documentation of their immunizations. Minimum acceptable immunization consists of:

For children under 7, 4 doses DTP, DTaP or DT as long as the 4th dose is on or after the 4th birthday
For children over 7, 3 doses DTP, DTaP, DT, or Td as long as the third dose is on or after the 4th birthday

3 doses of Polio vaccine (all eIPV or all OPV) as long as the last dose is after the 4th birthday
 or
4 doses of Polio vaccine of any combination of eIPV or OPV regardless of age of administration

1 dose of MMR given on or after the 1st birthday. In addition, 1 dose of Measles-containing vaccine on entry to Kindergarten and for those in 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade

3 doses of Hepatitis B for children born on or after January 1, 1993

Pupil Attendance
 
Regular attendance is the joint concern of pupils, parents, and school personnel, all whom should strive to cooperate with legal requirements and school regulation. Only a school official may excuse a student from school attendance (See NHRSA 193:1)

It is expected that children enrolled in school shall attend all the time it is in session. Illness, dental and medical appointments that cannot be scheduled other than on school days, will be considered excused absences. Excursions with parents during school days and of limited duration and educational in nature, may be allowed with prior approval. Special educational arrangements of the schools, such as field trips, are considered as part of the school program.

The administration, teachers, and staff expect all students to attend school on a daily basis to gain maximum benefit from the academic program, co-curricular activities, and the social interactions that occur at school. Excellent attendance is the first requirement for success in school. It is the belief of the administration and faculty that every class meeting is important. Anything less than perfect attendance could have a detrimental effect on the academic grade and learning since classroom experiences cannot be duplicated. Therefore, parents are encouraged to ensure that their child is in school unless absence is absolutely necessary. This includes students coming to school on time and remaining for the entire day. Students should not be tardy or dismissed unless there is a serious need or emergency.

Administrative regulations shall reflect primarily a concern for the health of pupils, and continued progress in studies; also, an understanding of the need to curb truancy, and develop maturity of pupils in assuming responsibility for their attendance. Pupils and their parents will be apprised annually of the regulations.
 Students may participate in evening or after school programs only if they attend school on that day. Extenuating circumstances may be brought to the attention of the principal for a final decision.

 

Family Vacations During the School Year

The administration and staff at Fuller School strongly recommend that parents plan and schedule family trips during scheduled school vacations. Students who miss class time often find themselves at a disadvantage since no amount of make-up work can substitute for actual classroom and teacher instruction. Parents are urged to plan appropriately.

EMERGENCIES

In case of an emergency we always call the parents first. If parents cannot be reached we will call your emergency contact person. Please write an emergency name and telephone number on your child's enrollment card. Use the enrollment card to inform us of any conditions or problems we should be aware of (ex. allergies, asthma, hearing loss, glasses, etc.). If you are going away, please advise the school what to do if your child becomes ill or injured.
 rev. 5/05

STUDENTS MUST REMAIN EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL WITH:

CHICKEN POX - For 1 week after the first skin lesions appear.

STREP INFECTIONS - For 24 hours after treatment has started.

ALL OTHER COMMUNICABLE DISEASES - per NH State Law 

The school nurse will determine when it is safe for the child to return to school.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

When in doubt about your child's health on any given day, please keep him/her home. Your child may be coming down with something that can be transmitted to other children. Any child with signs of illness (fever, rash, vomiting, etc.) should be kept home.

Children need fresh air and exercise. We expect that children will go out for recess breaks. Any long term request that a child stay in for recess will require a note from a physician. During inclement weather, the principal or the teacher on duty will make a decision whether the children should be kept in or out. A good rule to follow would be to always dress children for outdoor recess.

PRESCRIBED MEDICATION

Prescription and non-prescription medication to be taken during school time must be delivered to school by the parent in the original container. Written permission from the parent/guardian must be sent to the nurse for any student who will be taking medication during the school day. Prescription medications require authorization from the physician. If your child is taking daily medication at home, please inform the school nurse. The nurse can monitor for possible side effects.