News from the Nurse

Mrs. Christine Harrington

508-248-1423 Ext. 1110

Nurse’s Notes

Postural Screenings

The Charlton Middle School will be conducting annual Postural Screening on all 5th-8th grade students. Screenings will be conducted during February 7th through February 14th.

The purpose of this 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 3, 2020 to the school nurse. A physician’s note or documentation on a current physical exam is the only acceptable proofbecause this is a state mandated screening to be done at school. Physician Notes may be faxed to 508-248-1418.

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 .

Flu Guide


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 . 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 26th to collect any medications for the 2019-2020 school year. If you would like to drop off your paperwork and medications sooner than that day please email me 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 . If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact Mrs. Harrington at 508-248-1423 x 1110.