bfccps-sign-350x250The Health Office is where the in-school health and wellness needs of our students are met. The school nurses believe that promoting, teaching and encouraging healthy student practices is a key component to maximize learning readiness.

We support student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within our school setting. Serving as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers, we advocate for health care and a healthy school environment.

Please feel free to contact the nurses, Jenny Auerr and Diane Williams, in the Health Office via phone at (508) 528-1945 or via email at nurse@bfccps.org.

Health & Wellness Resources:

Health and wellness information regarding a variety of topics which can impact students in our school can be found here. The school nurses are providing these to you as a means of integrating health solutions into the education setting. As a student’s health and wellness are directly related to his or her ability to learn, we hope you find these resources helpful.

Absences →

The goal of supporting every student’s ability to benefit from classroom education is best met when students are healthiest and classroom time is maximized. In an effort to reduce the spread of illnesses and provide time for students to return to a healthy learning environment, please follow the guidelines for keeping a sick child home from school.

Guidelines for keeping a sick child home from school

1. The child should be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever reducing medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Any temperature 100.0 degrees F or greater is considered a fever.

2. The child should be free of vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. A child who has been ill during the night may feel slightly better in the morning and even ask to go to school. However, the child will likely experience symptoms of illness later, will be tired from loss of sleep, and will still be contagious to other children.

3. The child diagnosed with strep throat/scarlet fever should remain home for the first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment. A child remains contagious until he/she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

4. The child diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis should remain home for the first 24 hours of treatment and until there is no more drainage from the eyes.

5. Consider keeping a child with thick or constant nasal discharge at home. Very few younger children can effectively blow their noses and wash their hands afterwards. A child with the above symptoms may quickly spread the illness to other children.

To report an absence, please call (508) 541-3434 x. 100.

Concussion Management →

In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulations, BFCCPS strives to protect the health and safety of our students related to traumatic brain injury (concussion) during school and extracurricular athletic activities.BFCCPS Concussion Policy and Protocol >>Extracurricular Athletic Activities Registration and Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion Reporting Forms >>Report of Head Injury During Sports Season Form >>Post Sports-related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form >>

EpiPen Training Review →

Knowledge of how to use an EpiPen is vital for those who have a life-threatening allergy, and their caregivers.

» EpiPen Training Review →

Field Trip Information →


Students are not allowed to carry their own medication of any kind on any field trip*, including prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, vitamin, supplement, etc. All medications will be stored with the nurse on the trip. If your child needs to take a medication during the trip please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Medication Order and Parent Permission Form available on the Health Office website. This requires a doctor’s order and parent permission. The doctor may fax their order to us at 508-541-5396.
  2. Provide the nurse’s office with medications in their original container labeled with the student’s name. The medication containers should contain only the amount of medication needed during the trip.
  3. Review with your child they are to come to the nurse on the trip to receive their medication.
  4. All medication(s), doctor’s order(s), and parent permission for each medication are due in the nurse’s office at least one week prior to departure.
  5. Medications must be delivered to school by the parent, guardian or responsible adult.

No medications of any kind is able to be given to the student without these steps being followed; the only exception to this is for Tylenol (Acetaminophen) so long as parents have already signed permission and the school physician has provided the order*.

Please feel free to contact us in the Health Office at 508-528-1945 with any questions.

Tylenol/Ibuprofen Parent Permission Form
Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Trip Health Form
Grade 7 Quebec Trip Health Form
Grade 8 Washington D.C. Health Form

*Inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors may be carried by students, so long as the Health Office is aware. Also, we STRONGLY encourage providing a back-up inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector for the Health Office to keep for your child.

Flu Information →

According to the CDC, the flu season can vary from season to season, potentially beginning as early as October and may extend as late as May. Typically, it peaks in the US in January or February.

» The Flu: A Guide for Parents →

Head Lice Protocol →

BACKGROUND (source: cdc.gov/parasites/lice)
Head lice infest the head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Lice feed on blood several times daily and reside close to the scalp to maintain their body temperature. Head lice infestation often causes itching of the head and scalp. Head lice are not known to transmit disease; however, secondary bacterial infection of the skin resulting from scratching can occur with lice infestation.

Getting head lice is not related to cleanliness of the person or his or her environment.

In the United States, infestation with head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) is most common among preschool- and elementary school-age children and their household members and caretakers. Head lice are mainly spread by direct contact with the hair of a person with an active infestation. Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the transmission of human lice. The most common way to get head lice is by head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. It is very uncommon for transmission to occur by:

  • wearing clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons worn by an infested person;
  • using infested combs, brushes or towels;
  • lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with an infested person.

Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of head lice infestations.

PURPOSE AND GOAL
Limit the spread of head lice.
Educate the BFCCPS community about the incidence, transmission, and treatment of head lice.
Avoid / minimize disruption to educational process with respect to head lice.
Maintain confidentiality.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF BFCCPS:
RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL NURSE:

  1. Any child complaining of itching of the scalp or neck, who has had a known exposure to head lice, and/or as requested by the student’s parent/guardian or teacher may be examined for the presence of head lice by the School Nurse.
  2. If a student is noted to have live lice or nits, every effort will be made to contact the student’s parent before the end of the day. The student will not be excluded from school due to the presence of live lice or nits, and may go home at the regular dismissal time, via the student’s regular mode of transportation. The School Nurse will discourage student from head to head contact with others. The parent will be encouraged to contact the student’s pediatrician for treatment recommendations. The School Nurse will make information about identification and treatment of lice available to the student’s parent(s).
  3. Provide information / serve as a resource to parents/guardians on an ongoing and as-needed basis regarding identification, treatment, and transmission of head lice.
  4. The School Nurse will not need to examine students who have been noted to have head lice prior to the student returning to school. However, the School Nurse may examine a student at his or her parent’s request, in order to aid the parent in identifying lice and nits.
  5. Maintain student confidentiality.
  6. When a student is noted to have head lice, student’s siblings (if any) at BFCCPS will be screened for the presence of head lice.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF HEAD OF SCHOOL:

  1. Provide necessary equipment for examination to school nurse, including: gloves, light source, magnification lens, pediculosis sticks.
  2. Approve/forward communication sent by the School Nurse to parents/guardians of children in the grade(s) in which a student has been noted to have head lice.
  3. Maintain student confidentiality.
  4. Notify School Nurse if suspicious of head lice in a student, whether suspicious by parent-provided information or observation of frequent head scratching.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHERS:

  1. Notify School Nurse if suspicious of head lice in a student, whether suspicious by parent-provided information or observation of frequent head scratching.
  2. Maintain student confidentiality.
  3. Allow class time, as needed, for School Nurse to screen students for head lice.
  4. Discourage students from head to head contact.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

  1. Consult primary care provider with concerns or suspicions about head lice as needed.
  2. Inform the School Nurse if your child is diagnosed with head lice.
  3. Follow recommendations for treating head lice, and/or discuss treatment options with School Nurse.
  4. Routinely check child for head lice (recommended once a week) and presence of nits. Inform School Nurses if unsure, suspicious, or certain of presence of head lice.

Immunizations →

According to the CDC, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease and death still exist, and can be passed on to unprotected persons or imported from other countries. Some diseases can be more severe than often assumed and can result in social, economic and physical costs: sick children miss school, parents lose time from work, illness among healthcare providers, all in addition to the direct impact of the illness on the child.

Immunization documentation is required to be submitted to the Health Office upon entry into the school and at the beginning of Grade 7. Failure to do so may result in exclusion from school.

Life-Threatening Allergies →

Medication Administration →

BFCCPS follows Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulations Governing the Administration of Prescription Medications in Public and Private Schools. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and/or Benadryl or the generic equivalent(s) may be administered with the guidelines set by the School’s physician. Additionally, the BFCCPS Medication Policy requires a doctor’s order and parent consent for properly labeled over-the-counter medications to be administered.

In order for the school nurse to administer medication to your student, please follow our policy below:

– Provide the completed Medication Order and Parent Permission Form for all medications, including over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine and inhalers.
– The medication must be brought to the school by an adult, not the child, and must be picked up by an adult.
– Prescription medication must be in the pharmacy labeled bottle. The label must include the child’s name, name of the medication, dosage and times of administration of the medication and the name of the prescribing physician.If this policy is not followed, the nurse will be unable to administer the medication and the parent will have to personally administer the medication.

Please print the form below and return to the Health Office.

» Medication Order and Parent Permission Form →

» Tylenol/Ibuprofen Parent Permission Form →

Screenings →

Using clinical knowledge and judgment, the school nurses perform/coordinate health screenings and provide referrals for physician follow-up care as needed.

Postural Screening Information

Screenings at BFCCPS

School Nurse Assistant Program (SNAP) →

School Nurse Assistant Program (SNAP) is an electronic documentation system in use at BFCCPS that manages student health related data. It was implemented in the Health Office Spring 2014 with a primary benefit of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of student care.

» SNAP FAQ’s (Google Doc) →

Strep Information →

The majority of cases of sore throats in children and adolescents are the result of a viral infection. Some sources note about 15% of sore throats are caused by Streptococcus bacteria. Please notify the Health Office if you child is diagnosed with Strep Throat.

» Information About Strep Throat (Google Doc) →