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School Nurse

Welcome!

My goal is keeping students in the classroom and removing health barriers for their learning. Accomplishing this requires the cooperation of the students, parents and/or guardians, and our staff. Please feel free to communicate with me regarding any concerns or questions you may have.

There is a variety of health information available on the side toolbar. If you are looking for something more specific I will be glad to find it for you.

Please complete the health information packet that is sent at the beginning of every school year. 
This is extremely important.  I must be aware of health issues that might impact a student's education. Examples of this would be diabetes, seizure disorders, asthma, life threatening allergies, etc. 
Contact me if you would like a private consultation.

There is a Health Services Authorization Form (front and back need to be completed and signed to be valid), the Emergency Card, and a Tri-fold Information Flyer included in your annual school packet. These need to be completed and returned to me as soon as possible. 
**Please note that no medication will be given to a student without parent permission and signed consent on the authorization form. Please make sure you sign ALL forms.
 
  Prescription medications will need a Doctor's medication order every new school year. No prescription medication will be administered without an order. If a student needs to carry emergency medication such as an inhaler or Epipen, the doctor must sign the order saying such.  Action Plans that apply to asthma, severe allergies, seizures and diabetes, must be completed by your physician. The ability of the student to self-administer these medications will be assessed by the nurse.
 
Students who carry any type of medication without authorization by a physician, are subject to disciplinary action as stated in the student handbook.

A special note regarding narcotics: Narcotics will never be dispensed in school. If your student requires this level of pain management, please keep him/her at home until the narcotics are no longer being used.

State law mandates that all students be up-to-date with their immunizations. There are immunizations currently available for students that are not mandated. I urge you to discuss these with your physician. They include vaccinations against HPV, meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), and others. If your child has a religious or medical reason not to be immunized, the state requires that a letter from a parent/guardian or the students physician be on file EVERY year. 

All students are required to have a recent physical exam (example: if the student enters on 9/5/18, the exam must be dated after 9/5/17).

All student athletes must have an annual physical on file, and must be compliant per MIAA regulations. Once physical date expires, that student will not be allowed to participate in tryouts, practice or games. 

Please help me keep students healthy and ready to learn.
 
April Childs RN, BSN

I can be contacted by phone at 413-283-9701 ext. 143, fax at 413-283-9372, or by email at childs@pathfindertech.org
PRINTABLE HEALTH FORMS  
 
The Health Services Authorization Form can be found below. Note: Both side 1 and side 2 must be completed before any medication administration.
SBIRT INFORMATION:
Click Here for the SBIRT website
 
Opting out? Print and give the opt-out form below to the nurses office. Without this form on file, we are mandated to screen. 
SPORTS INJURIES AND CONCUSSIONS:
If your son/daughter has sustained a head injury at school, during practice or a game, you must notify the Athletic Trainer or the School Nurse.
INFORMATION CDC Heads UP click HERE
 
ALL Concussions/Head Injuries that have been evaluated by a physician will require an ACE FORM or documentation from the physician for accomodations in school. 
Click here
 
Parent Info on concussion:
 Click here
 
Student Info on concussion: 
Click here
 
All diagnosed concussions will need clearance, print this form:
 Click here 
 
**CLEARANCE FOR RETURN TO STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED BY PHYSICIAN **
OTHER HEALTH NEWS:
CDC - Whooping Cough
 
FLU Information 
Click Here
 
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