Lucinda Riggin-Jay RN, BSN, MA, CSN is the full-time nurse at Andrews Middle School.
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At the Andrews’s Nurse’s Office we aim to provide care and assistance to all of the students and faculty. Please notify the school nurse if you have any health concerns that we at school can help with. Please check Ms. Riggin-Jay’s Schoolnotes page for updated news, announcements, and links for Andrews students and families.
The nurse wants to remind you:
It is illegal for students to carry any medicine in school, including over-the-counter (Advil, Aspirin, etc.). The only exception is a medicine such as an inhaler for which the student has an in-school prescription on file in the nurses office for the current school year. Contact your nurse for the form for medicines to be given in-school.
Students can use crutches in school only if they have a note from the doctor saying they need to use crutches and have been taught how to use them safely.
News for 7th Grade Students:
Grade Seven students need to bring their current physical exams and the following immunization records to the school nurse by the first day of school of Seventh Grade: 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations, a Tetanus booster if last tetanus was over 5 years ago, second Measles vaccine (MMR), and varicella vaccine or doctor’s document that child had chickenpox.
Head Lice Protocol
Please visit the Nursing Services webpage for more details.
Recently, information about the measles outbreak in some U.S. communities has been dominating news reports. The recurrence of measles is a major concern for children and adults who have not been vaccinated or whose vaccine status is incomplete. Children and adults can become sick from measles-related illnesses such as diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Less often, more complicated illnesses including deafness, blindness and seizure disorders occur. Here in Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health (DPH) requires 2 MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines for entry into school unless there are medical or religious exemptions.
The Medford Public School nurses strongly encourage parents to have their children vaccinated according to the DPH requirements. Vaccinations can be obtained at your primary care physician’s office or through the Medford Board of Health at City Hall. Should a measles case or exposure occur in our schools, students and adults without MMR vaccinations will be excluded from school according to the DPH guidelines (from days 5 through 21 after exposure).
If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse or primary care physician.
Toni B. Vento, MS, RN, NCSN
Supervisor of Health Services
Medford Public Schools