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: Accessed April 16, 2007)


When to Keep your child home?

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!

Immunization Laws


RSU10 Head Lice Guidelines

  1. Children who are symptomatic (scratching persistently) will be referred to the school nurse.

  2. The nurse will evaluate the case and take appropriate action as recommended by the Maine Department of Education, maintaining confidentiality for the child.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Additional guidelines:

  • 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.

Head Lice Documents