A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
(National Association of School Nurses. Definition of School Nursing. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of School Nurses; 1999. Available at: www.nasn.org/Default.aspx?tabid57. Accessed April 16, 2007)
When to Keep your child home?
- Per school Policy
- Diarrhea/vomiting or fever
- Communicable Disease Policy
It is always a good idea to keep the school nurse informed regarding the following:
- Any recent surgeries
- Head injuries that occur outside of school
- Any traumatic incidents
- Broken bones
- New medications or changes in current dosages
- 5- DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) only 4 doses needed if 4th dose was on or after 4th fourth birthday.
- 2 – MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- 4- IPV (polio)
- 1- Varicella (chicken pox) no dose required if proof of history of the disease
- 1-Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) required for entry into 7th grade
Please provide accurate and up-to-date information to the nurse’s office regarding immunizations!
Head Lice Information
RSU10 Head Lice Guidelines
- Children who are symptomatic (scratching persistently) will be referred to the school nurse.
- The nurse will evaluate the case and take appropriate action as recommended by the Maine Department of Education, maintaining confidentiality for the child.
- If the school nurse is not present, the student will remain in class and the school nurse will evaluate the student at the next available visit.
- In difficult or chronic cases, the school nurse will develop a plan with the student, the student’s family and other staff members as appropriate with the goal of limiting loss of class time.
- Mass screenings will not be performed.
- Staff should discourage students from head to head contact as much as possible during the school day.
- Staff should not have head to head contact with students.
- Education will be provided periodically throughout the school year.
Questions should be directed to your school nurse.