Health & Health Services
THE HEALTH OFFICE STAFF
Aisling Fagan, R.N. – Nurse Supervisor
Debby Criscuolo, R.N.
Connie Arnold, R.N
Sami Merit, R.N.
Phone # 203-389-2195 press #2
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, lifelong achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety, including a healthy environment; 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. (NASN, 2010)
Beecher Road School has full-time school nursing services on the premises during school hours. Communication with the school nurse about your child’s health concerns is important for the welfare of your child as well as that of other students and staff at the school. Many policies concerning health are governed by state law. Please read this section very carefully.
Laws governing school health are rigid and complex. The Woodbridge School District must make annual reports to the State of Connecticut.
No child will be admitted to school without a complete health assessment and immunization record.
Health Assessments are required for: All new students All students entering preschool All students entering kindergarten The health assessment (also known as the blue form) must be completed by a legally qualified medical professional twelve (12) months prior to a student’s enrollment.
- Immunizations Required For School Attendance:
- Financial Support For Required Health Assessments:
- Health Screenings:
- Students With Special Health Care Needs:
- Communicable Disease And Illness/Injury Management:
- Students Must Stay Home From School If They Have:
- Students Must Remain Home:
- Communicating With The School Nurse:
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION:
For students who must take medication during school hours, including medications prescribed by a physician for short-term use (e.g., antibiotics, daily medication, medication needed only occasionally, over the counter medications, medications for emergencies such as EpiPens and inhalers), parents/guardians must provide the school nurse with their written permission and the written medical order of an authorized prescriber (physician, dentist, advanced practice registered nurse, physician’s assistant or optometrist) authorizing the nurse to administer the medication. The order for medication must include:
- Name, strength, and dosage of the prescribed medication;
- Reason for the medication (medical diagnosis);
- Directions for administering the medication;
- Time the medication is to be administered;
- Duration of the order;
- Potential side and untoward effects;
- Authorization for self-administration if appropriate.
Medication forms are available in the nurse’s office and on the Beecher Road School website. Medication must be brought to school in the original bottle or container, properly labeled with the name of the student, name of the physician, date, original prescription, and directions for correct dosage. All medication must be brought to the nurse’s office by an adult; NEVER send medication to school with your child. No medication will be stored in school beyond one week of termination of the physician’s order. Medication must be picked up by a parent/guardian or a responsible adult. Long-term medication authorization forms must be renewed annually for the coming school year and summer. All unused medications must be picked up by the last day of school, or they will be disposed by the school nurse according to state laws.