Health Services

Mrs. Susan Virkler Head Nurse, School Nurse-High School (860) 896-2352 Ext. 2
Mrs. Heather Burns-Lucas School Nurse-Middle School (860) 896-2344
Mrs. Christy Urso School Nurse-Windermere School (860) 896-2337
Mrs. Kelly Hany School Nurse-Windermere School (860) 896-2337
Mrs. Lynn Sepura School Nurse-Crystal Lake School (860) 896-2322
Mrs. Audrey Quimby School Nurse-Center School (860) 896-2320

Health Forms

Health Information/Procedures

Administering Medications

With seasonal problems including sore throats, flu, colds, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, etc., physicians may prescribe medications occasionally for your child. When medicine is prescribed two, three, or even four times daily, please ask your physician if it can be given before school, after school, supper time and/or bedtime to avoid having to bring it to school.

Connecticut law (CGS 10-212a) and regulations require a written order by an authorized prescriber (an MD, OD, APRN, or PA) and written parent or guardian authorization for the school nurse or other authorized personnel to administer any medication. This includes over the counter medications. Medication must be delivered directly to the school nurse or, in the absence of the school nurse, the school principal, by the parent or responsible adult. Authorization forms are available at the physician's office or at each school. No exceptions can be made to this law.

Medication must be delivered in and dispensed from the original container with a pharmacy label indicating the name and strength of the medication, name of patient, physician, the date of the original prescription, and directions. No more than a 45 day supply can be accepted. Medications that are not in properly labeled containers will not be accepted.

Reporting Illness

Certain communicable diseases require exclusion and/or notification to the school nurse:

  1. Streptococcal Infection (scarlet fever, impetigo) ‑ Exclusion until 24 hours of appropriate antibiotic therapy given and temperature has subsided.
  2. Fifth Disease – Communicable only prior to rash. Does not require exclusion, but school nurse must be notified.
  3. Ringworm ‑ Exclusion until control measures are instituted. Must have doctor's note or verbal report before readmittance.
  4. Chicken Pox ‑ 2 to 3 week incubation period. Communicable not more than 6 days after appearance of first crop of vesicles. Exclude for at least 5 days after rash begins, per Connecticut Department of Health.
  5. Rubella ‑ 14 to 21 days incubation, commonly 18 days. Communicable 7 days before to 5 days after onset of rash. Exclude for 5 days.
  6. Measles ‑ 10 to 12 days incubation. Communicable from 4 days before until 5 days after rash appears. Exclude for 5 days.
  7. Mumps ‑ 12 to 26 days incubation, commonly 18 days. Communicable 6 days before symptoms to 9 days after. Exclude until no swollen glands.
  8. Pink Eye ‑ Exclude until under treatment.
  9. Head Lice ‑ Exclude until all head lice, nits, and cases have been removed. Wash with prescribed medication or over the counter lice shampoo followed by numerous combings. Children will be examined upon return to school.

HEALTH ASSESSMENTS

A physical examination by a qualified practitioner is required prior to attendance for all kindergarten students and for new students at any level per state law (C.G.S. 10-204a, 10-206 and 10-214). Physical examinations must have been conducted within one year of entry. A physical examination is also required at the sixth grade. This examination must be conducted after January 1st of the fifth grade year and before April vacation of the sixth grade year. The Board of Education will provide assessments free of charge to students whose parents meet the eligibility requirements for free and reduced price meals.

The school health office will conduct vision screening for students in kindergarten through grade six, audiometric screening for students in kindergarten and grades one, two, three, and five, and postural screenings for students in grades five and six.

Immunizations

State law requires that each child be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hemophilus influenza type B, hepatitis B, and varicella prior to entering school. There are a few specific exemptions allowed by this law. Contact the school nurse with questions.

Head Lice Information

Head Lice Head lice is a common condition in school age children. Head lice do not carry any disease and are not a sign of poor hygiene. They are simply a nuisance. Head lice do not hop, jump or fly. They are spread by close head-to-head contact. Pets do not carry or give us head lice. The human head is the only place that head lice can live and survive. The most effective method of preventing the spread of lice is for parents to periodically check their children at home; treat with a head lice product recommended by their health care provider when found; and make every effort to remove all nits. Please notify the school nurse if you do find lice on your child. Helpful websites: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/... http://www.pta.org/2151.htm