News from the Nurse
Mrs. Christine Harrington
508-248-1423 Ext. 1110
Definition of School Nursing
"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning."
(National Association of School Nurses, Board of Directors, June 1999)
The Comprehensive and Coordinated School Health Services consists of eight elements:
4)Food and Nutrition Education
5)Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
6)Safe and Healthy Environment
It is understood that the principle function of the school is to instill sound health behaviors; give factual health instruction; provide a safe, pleasant and emotionally supportive environment; and to recognize and refer for treatment students with physical, emotional and social handicaps. Through support and modification, the schools are able to eliminate health-related barriers to learning and provide the basis for empowering each student to become an educated consumer. The health services provide for Emergency and Basic First Aid, administration of medications and medical treatments as ordered by a physician, health screenings as mandated by law followed by referrals as needed. The health service is not for the purpose of diagnosing. All students will be referred to their family physicians for this purpose. The continued health and welfare of each student remains the direct responsibility of the parent/guardian, not the school. Medical responsibility as assumed by the school terminates with the immediate administration of first aid and proper notification and discharge of the student to the parent/guardian or to a responsible individual as designated by the parent/guardian.
Optimum health depends upon the integration of the family, community and school resources. We rely on the family and community services to assure that each student enters school in a state of physical, mental and social well being. In unison, the family, the community, and the schools cooperate to keep the students healthy during their school years. Through screenings and student visits, communication remains open as referrals are made to the family and appropriate resources. As educated students, they are better prepared to make self-directed decisions regarding their health. Thus the program responds to the needs of all students by promoting good health and life-long health related concepts.
Notice to All Parents of 6th Grade students:
Student entering 7th Grade in the fall 2018: Your child must have a documented booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (
8th Grade Students: If you have a child in 8th grade who currently has medication at school, this includes prescribed, over the counter medication, EpiPens, Inhalers, etc. we will need you to pick your child’s medication up by the last day of school. Any medication not picked up by parents/guardian will be disposed of properly.
Medications at School: If your child takes medication at school, I will be sending home the required forms needed for next year sometime in June. Please be sure to fill these out and return them by the beginning of the year, for your convenience these forms can be sent via fax (508) 248-1418 or via email to CHarrington@dcrsd.org . Otherwise, they can be submitted by mail or in person. As a reminder, all medication must be brought in by the parent or guardian, per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. I will be in the building on August 27th to collect any medications for the 2018-2019 school year. If you would like to drop off your paperwork and medications sooner than that day please email me atCHarrington@dcrsd.org to set up a time.
Physical Exam for Sports:
All students who plan on trying out for school sports, you need an updated physical exam on file before you will be allowed to tryout. We need a copy of the physical exam, a doctor’s note is not acceptable, however for convenience your doctor can fax a physical exam to Mrs. Harrington at 508-248-1418 or email to CHarrington@dcrsd.org . If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact Mrs. Harrington at 508-248-1423 x 1110.
The Charlton Middle School will be conducting annual Postural Screening on all 5th-8th Grade students before February Vacation. This screening will be conducted during your child’s physical education block during the week of February 5-9th.
The purpose of this screening is to find early signs of possible spinal problems in children in grades 5-9. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.
If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution. The majority of students exhibit no findings. If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you again until the screening next year.
If you refuse to have the postural screening done by the school, written documentation provided by the family physician must be submitted, prior to February 2, 2018 to the school nurse. A physician’s note or documentation on a current physical exam is the only acceptable proof because this is a state mandated screening to be done at school. Physician Notes may be faxed to 508-248-1418 for your convenience.
Female children are asked to bring a two-piece swimsuit or halter top and shorts to school the day of screening. This type of clothing permits more accurate observation of the back. If you have any questions please contact me at (508) 248-1423 at ext. 1110, or email at CHarrington@DCRSD.org .