Health - School Nurse

Amy Mead/CSNT


I offer the following links and information for parents, faculty, staff and other
community members interested in the health and well being of our students.
Feel free to contact me should you have any questions or have other information that may be of use to our school

Don't forget that with proper and frequent hand washing, along with sneezing and coughing into the bend of your elbow can greatly reduce the spread of most germs and therefore, keep absences to a minimum
When should your child stay home from school?
District-wide Annual Health Screenings
Helpful Links & Resources
Here are a few guidelines you might want to follow during the cold and flu season:
  • A runny nose is the way many respond to pollen, dust, chalk or simply a change of season. If it isn't the common cold, then it is probably an allergy. Don't stay home from school.
  • A bad cough or cold symptoms can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu, or even pneumonia. A run-of-the-mill cold should not be a reason to miss school. But if your child is not acting right, has a fever, difficulty breathing, or is becoming dehydrated, it could be serious. Check with your doctor right away.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting make children very uncomfortable. If your child has repeated episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, accompanied by fever, rash, or general weakness, consult a doctor and stay out of school until the illness passes.
  • Fever is an important symptom; when it occurs along with a sore throat, nausea, listlessness or a rash, your child could be carrying something very contagious. Most doctors advise parents to keep children home during the course of a fever and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed.
  • Strep throat and scarlet fever are two highly contagious conditions caused by a bacterial infection. They usually arrive with a sore throat and high fever. Some 12 to 48 hours after the onset of scarlet fever, a rash will also appear. If you have either strep throat or scarlet fever you should stay home and be treated with antibiotics, as prescribed by a doctor. After 24 hours on an antibiotic, your child may return to school, with doctor permission.
  • If your child is treated for a contagious condition such as strep throat, conjunctivitis, infectious mononucleosis, head lice, etc., please let me know as soon as possible. Call also if you have any questions regarding the above information.
  • If your children wake up not feeling well and/or with a temperature, please keep them home. Not only are they not at their best to learn, but they might very well infect their peers and teachers. A good general rule is to have them return to school if there has been no fever in the preceding 24 hours. If your child has seen a doctor, please get instructions on when your doctor feels it is appropriate, based on the illness and treatment, to return to class.

  • Hearing Screenings are conducted once/year by the R.I. Hearing Center for children K-3trd grade. You will be notified in writing the date the screening will take place. If your child has a history of ear infections, tubes in ears or hearing difficulties please inform the school nurse.  If your child is tested by your own physician an in-school screening is not necessary. 
  • Vision Screenings are conducted for all children grades K-5 by the school nurse teacher.  Both far and near vision and depth perception are tested.  If your child fails and initial screening they will be rescreening within 1 month.  If your child does not pass the second screening you will be notified by mail of the results.
  • Dental Screenings are conducted by the school dentist annually.  Only children who do not visit a private dentist annually need to be screened.  Documentation of your child's dental visits will be requested prior to the school dentist's visit.


SK Wellness Policy
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Insulin Administration Orders
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Bee Sting/Food Alergy Med Authorization
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Physician Orders-Diabetes
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Physical Exam Form
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Prescription Meds Authorization
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Non-Prescription Meds Authorization
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