Health Care Policy
St. Peter School has a Health Clinic operated by a registered nurse from 8am-3pm. When a student becomes ill at school, a parent or guardian will be notified and expected to come for the student as soon as possible. Each parent or guardian is asked to provide the school with the names of two (2) alternate persons who may be contacted in the event that a parent cannot be reached. Persons listed must be local and have access to transportation. Please advise the school office when any name or number changes.
There are times when a student should remain at home for his/her own welfare and for the protection of other students. The following criteria may be used to determine when a child should remain at home:
- Has a cold in the contagious stage (first few days)
- Sore throat and swollen neck glands accompanied by a fever
- Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions
- Earache, red eyes or drainage from eyes
- Any communicable disease (see paragraph below)
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher during the past 24 hours
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
If your son/daughter develops a communicable disease, e.g., chicken pox, strep throat, scarlet fever or fifth disease, please notify the school nurse. This will enable us to monitor your child’s progress and other student’s exposure.
Students should remain at home a minimum of one day following the resolution of an acute illness.
Please check your child’s temperature; a child should be “fever free” for twenty-four hours without taking a fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil before returning to school. Remember that the essentials of good health are good nutrition, plentiful fluids, regular exercise and plenty of rest.
If medications are to be given in school, the following guidelines need to be followed:
- Prescribed medications must be in the pharmacy bottle and labeled with the medical provider’s name, dosage, date, etc. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original manufacturer-labeled container.
- A medication permission form must be signed by a parent and medical provider for all prescription medications and for most over-the-counter medications. Forms are available in the clinic and on the St. Peter School’s’ web site.
- Students should not transport any medication to school.
- All medicines are to be kept in the health clinic.
If the above guidelines are not followed, the school will be unable to dispense the medication. Should further clarification of the medication policy be necessary, please contact the school nurse, firstname.lastname@example.org , 617-547-0101 ex 27.
State regulations require each child to meet grade entry immunization requirements. Evidence of the date of all immunizations, signed by a medical provider, must be on record at the school, prior to entry.
In addition, all children entering Kindergarten must show evidence of Lead Screening results.
All students new to the school must have a medical form completed by their primary care provider based on physical examination conducted within the previous thirteen months or within thirty days of entry.
Massachusetts State Law requires that schools receive reports of physical examinations at regular intervals. St. Peter requires physical examinations upon entry to Kindergarten, grades l, 4, 7 and 10.
Forms are available in the school office, health clinic, and on the St. Peter School web site.
HEARING AND VISION TESTING
All Kindergarten students must have hearing and vision screening completed by their pediatrician prior to entering school. In addition, elementary students receive annual hearing and vision screening in school as required by Massachusetts State law. In the event that hearing or vision needs are detected, notices are sent to parent(s) or guardian.
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT (BMI) SCREENING
All students in grades 1, 4, and 7 will be measured for height and weight.