Nursing Services

school health

Supervisor of Nurses
Toni Vento, MS, RN, NCSN
489 Winthrop Street
781-393-2292

MHS/MVTHS/ MEEP/Kids Corner
Lisa Skiffington, RN
Jennifer Silva, BSN, RN
Stephanie McCann, BSN, RN

McGlynn Elementary/Middle School
AnnMarie Bedell, BSN, RN
Karen Breen, BSN, RN
Margaret Donahue, MSN, RN
Rie O’Brien, BSN, RN

Curtis-Tufts
Karen Breen, BSN, RN

Andrews Middle School
Lucinda Riggin-Jay, MA, RN

Roberts Elementary School
Brianna Sanders, BSN, RN

Brooks Elementary
Pat Cooney, M Ed, RN
Allison MacGilvray, BA, RN
Laurie Borriello, RN

Columbus Elementary
Karen Roberto, BSN, RN
Rie O’Brien, BSN, RN
Laurie Borriello, RN


School Entrance Requirements

To maintain protection from communicable diseases, identify your child’s health needs and promote health safety in school, a school nurse will review your child’s health information for clearance into school.

The following is a list of health requirements required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for entry of students into public school. Please provide documentation from your primary care physician when you register at the Parent Information Center located at Medford High School. Free immunizations are available at the Medford Board of Health by appointment. Please call 781-393-2448.

Pre-school:

– Physical Exam: completed within the last 12 months
– Lead Screening with results
– Tuberculosis skin test or risk assessment

Immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses (last dose after 6 months of age)
  • DTAP(Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis): 4 doses
  • Polio: 3 doses
  • HIB (H influenza bacteria): >3 doses
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 1 dose
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): 1 dose

Kindergarten

– Physical Exam: completed within the last 12 months
– Lead Screening with results
– Tuberculosis skin test or risk assessment
– Vision Screening with stereopsis exam

Immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses (last dose after 6 months of age)
  • DTAP(Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis): 5 doses
  • Polio: 4 doses
  • HIB (H influenza bacteria): >3 doses
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 2 doses
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): 2 doses

Grades 1-6

– Physical Exam: completed within the last 12 months
– Tuberculosis skin test or risk assessment

Immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses (last dose after 6 months of age)
  • DTAP(Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis): 5 doses
  • Polio: 4 doses
  • HIB (H influenza bacteria): >3 doses
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 2 doses
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): 2 doses

Grades 7-12

– Physical Exam: completed within the last 12 months
– Tuberculosis skin test or risk assessment

Immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses (last dose after 6 months of age)
  • DTAP(Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis): >4 doses
  • Tdap
  • Polio: 4 doses
  • HIB (H influenza bacteria): >3 doses
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 2 doses
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): 2 doses

Don’t Wait, Vaccinate! A message from the Medford Public Schools Health Services Department

The school nurses help maintain safety of our environment through careful monitoring of student immunizations. Vaccines work to safeguard children from illnesses and death caused by communicable diseases. They protect children by helping prepare their bodies to fight often serious, and potentially, deadly diseases. Should there be an outbreak of a communicable disease, students who have not been immunized will be excluded from school during the infectious period in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations.

Did You Know???

Viral outbreaks occur more frequently than one expects. From December 2014-January 2015, a multi-state measles outbreak started in California and spread to additional states. Measles is a serious respiratory illness that is highly contagious and may cause severe complications such as pneumonia, brain inflammation and death.

Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is another serious respiratory illness that starts as a mild upper respiratory infection and progresses into severe episodes of coughing lasting 2-6 weeks. The most recent Pertussis outbreak in Massachusetts occurred between 2006-2008 and affected adolescents and adults.

Before the HIB vaccine, H. influenza bacteria was the leading cause of meningitis in children less than 5 years old. HIB meningitis can cause hearing loss, deafness, seizures, and brain damage and can be deadly.

Polio is a virus affecting the spinal cord which can cause respiratory failure, muscle weakness and paralysis leading to disability and even death. Some survivors of polio required leg braces, crutches or wheelchairs.

Physical Exams

Medford Public Schools requires a physical exam for all students new to the school system and students in Grades Kindergarten and 7. High School student athletes are required to provide a yearly physical exam to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
When your child enters Grade 4, an interval health history will be sent home so you may update your child’s medical information. The school nurses request you return it fully completed with all pertinent medical information to the school health office as soon as possible after you receive it.


Medications

It may be necessary for your child to receive medication during the school day. Our school district requires that the following forms must be on file in your child’s health record before we begin to give any medicine at school:

1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give the medicine. Please complete the enclosed consent form and give it to your school nurse. (download here)

2. Signed medication order. The written medication order form should be taken to your child’s licensed prescriber (your child’s physician, nurse practitioner, etc.) for completion and returned to the school nurse. This order must be renewed as needed and at the beginning of each academic year. (download here)

Medicines must be delivered to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer-labeled container by you or a responsible adult whom you designate. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a thirty-day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school.

When your child needs a medicine to be given during the school day, please act quickly to follow these policies so we may begin to give the medicine as soon as possible.

Thank you for your help.


Health Screenings

Health screenings are conducted throughout the school year as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts General Laws. The following chart illustrated the purpose and required grade level for each screening. Parents may opt out of screenings for their child with written permission, provided they provide documentation that their child has been examined by their primary care provider. All information is confidential and parents are notified whenever there is a finding after screening.

Vision: To ensure that students can see adequately to function within the school setting.
Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, one middle school grade, 9.

Hearing: To ensure that students can hear adequately to function within the school setting.
Grades K, 1, 2, 3, one middle school grade, 9.

Height/Weights/BMI: To monitor growth and development. Research shows that overweight and underweight children are at risk for other health problems. Privacy is maintained during screening.
Grades 1, 4, 7, 10.

Postural Screening: To monitor growth of the spine and promote early detection of spinal curvature (Scoliosis).
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

SBIRT: To identify students who are at risk of substance abuse
Starting School Year 2016-2017: Grade 9
Starting School Year 2017-2018: Grade 7

Vision Resources in the Medford Community

If your son/daughter has failed the school screening, you will receive a letter requesting that you bring him/her to an eye doctor for evaluation and treatment. Your school nurse also requests that you return the completed doctor’s note back to her. Here are some places where you can obtain eyeglasses for your son/daughter if needed.

– Lenscrafters, Wellington Circle Plaza, Medford
– Medford Optical, 16 High St, Medford
– All Eye Care, Station Landing, Medford
– Pearle Vision, 600 Fellsway, Medford
– SEE, 1276 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Online resources:
www.zenni.com
www.eyebuydirect.com

The Medford Public Schools does not endorse or recommend any product, process, or service.


Use of Crutches and Orthopedic Appliances

Any student who requires the use of crutches or orthopedic appliances in school must provide written notice from his/her physician that he/she is capable of handling the crutches or appliances in the school environment.


Medford Public Schools Wellness Policy