School Nurse Information

Our Nurse Responsibility


The school nurse is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of all students. This is accomplished by: maintaining student health records; assessing for communicable disease and arranging for the treatment and exclusion of these students; providing proper emergency care for all people injured or ill at school; serving as a health education resource to students and staff; including classroom teaching on health topics; administering medication upon physician’s and parent’s request; developing individualized care plans and emergency plans for students with medical issues; protecting the privacy of protected health information; identifying and reporting suspected or actual child abuse cases; training staff annually on universal precautions and blood borne pathogens; reviewing immunization records and ensuring compliance with State and Federal regulations; providing vision and hearing screening; and providing developmental assessments, including height and weight analysis. 

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St. Agnes Academy Wellness Policy

At St. Agnes Academy, we strive to promote the religious, academic, physical, social, and emotional growth and development of all of our students. To accomplish this goal, the district has implemented and continues to improve a comprehensive school wellness program at all levels.

Our Wellness Program includes the following elements:

•   Promotion of a healthy school environment— a safe and nurturing climate where all students are known by the staff

•   Nutritional standards for all foods provided in school

•   Student services—coordinated programs of health care, student assistance programs and mentoring.

•   Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment—a coordinated K-8 program about healthy relationships, bullying and self-awareness.

All foods available for sale during the school day will comply with the National School Lunch Act, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with attention to Life Threatening Food Allergies.

All students at St. Agnes Academy will receive physical education/health/wellness instruction each year, with additional opportunities for physical activity through daily, supervised recess after lunch for all students and an additional supervised morning recess for students in grades PK-3.

** St. Agnes Academy Health Office Recommendations For Health Absences

St. Agnes School Health Office Recommendations For Health Absences

  • Fever (greater than 100°).  Your student’s temperature should be back to normal (less than 99°) without the use of fever reducing medicines - such as Tylenol or Advil - for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Coughing (excessive).  Your student’s cough should be “dry” sounding and easily controlled by a drink of water or cough drop before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea.  Your student should be able to eat food and drink liquids without vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Red or Draining Eyes.  Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure your student does not have conjunctivitis. If being treated for an infection please follow the Infection recommendation below.
  • Excessive Nasal Drainage.  Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure your student does not have an infection. If being treated for an infection please follow the Infection recommendation below.
  • Visible Lice or Nits.  Students identified as having lice may return to school as soon as the first treatment is completed. Parents/guardians will give verbal confirmation or sign a form indicating that the initial treatment has been completed and what the treatment was.
  • Unusual Rash.  Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure that the rash is not contagious. If being treated for an infection please follow the Infection recommendation below.
  • Infection.  If your student has been tested or treated for any contagious infection, have them stay at home until test results are available.  If positive for infection, they should have had their medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.  This is to best ensure the infection is not spread and your child does not have a medication reaction/allergic response in school.  If medication is to be given at school, please personally give the medicine to the School Health Office with the medication permission form.  Forms can be found on the St. Agnes Catholic Community website through the Academy Health Office link, under Resources.
Please help us keep the school safe and healthy by encouraging proper hand washing techniques and basic infection control, such as coughing/sneezing into upper arm or tissue.  If your student’s illness or injury results in medications being delivered during school hours, note the following from the student medication policy; all medication has to be delivered and picked up by parent/guardian, be in a properly marked pharmacy container, and be accompanied by the school’s permission for medication form with both physician and parent signatures.

St. Agnes Academy Health Office phone number: 413-684-3143

St. Agnes Academy Medication Policy

Prescription Meds:

  • Routine prescription medication can be given by the school nurse. Parents/guardians must submit a parent consent form as well as a written order from a licensed prescriber.  These forms are available from the nurse, administrative assistant, or on the academy website.
  • Short-term prescription meds, such as antibiotics, can be given without a written order from a licensed prescriber, however they must be in a pharmacy-labeled container. Parent consent forms are required for short-term prescription meds.
  • Students requiring epinephrine or an inhaler must also submit an updated Anaphylaxis/Allergy Emergency Plan and/or Asthma Action Plan.

Over-the-Counter Meds:

  • Our school physician provides us with standing orders for certain over-the-counter medication. These are listed on your child’s Emergency Card.  If you would like your child to receive any of these medications while at school, please indicate this on your child’s Emergency Card.
  • Any over-the-counter medications not listed on the Emergency Card must be administered at school by a parent or guardian.

** Please give medications directly to the school nurse or administrative assistant; do not send medications to school with your child.

St. Agnes Academy Health Education

As part of a new health education initiative, I plan to address specific topics relevant to our student body individually, in the classroom, and as part of monthly assemblies.  Among others, some key topics I will discuss include:

  • Bus Safety
  • Dental Health and Hygiene
  • Preventing the Spread of Germs and Hand Hygiene
  • Personal Hygiene (middle school)
  • Healthy Eating Habits
  • Winter Safety Tips
  • Stress Management
  • Playground Safety Tips
  • Tick Awareness
  • Summer Safety Tips

I look forward to working with you and your children to ensure their health and well-being at school.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.