WRHS Health Office
School Nurses: Luong Duong BSN, RN;508-829-6771 ext. 1331; Lauren Sawyer BSN, RN; 508-829-6771 ext. 1330;
Health Secretary: Wendy Horstman, ext. 1331
Fax: 508-829-1689 (shared fax)
“A child must be healthy to learn and a child must learn to be healthy…”
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
The WRHS Health Center is open every day school is in session from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
In her role as primary medical provider at WRHS, the school nurse:
- Provides health assessments, first aid, and emergency care
- Conducts state mandated screening, including vision, hearing, height & weight (BMI), and postural
- Develops and implements Individual Health Care Plans (IHCPs) for students with special health care needs
- Oversees medication administration and assessment for prescription as well as over the counter medications
- Maintains confidential student health records
- Provides link to access community health services
- Provides health counseling and education individually and in the classroom setting as appropriate
- Monitors immunization compliance and communicable disease control
Massachusetts offers free or low cost medical insurance for all children. Confidential information and applications can be obtained from your school nurse or by contacting: Children’s Medical Security Plan at: 1-888-665-9993
School Attendance Guidelines
When should your child stay home?
- If your child has had a fever over 100 degrees within the past 24 hours
- If your child is vomiting or has had diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- If your child has Conjunctivitis (red/pink eyes with drainage and itchy), he or she may return to school AFTER receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
- If your child has Strep throat, he or she may return to school AFTER receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
- If your child has active head lice, he or she must be treated and seen by the school nurse PRIOR to returning to school
Parent/Guardians will be contacted to take their child home if, in the professional opinion of the school nurse, the child is unable to participate in school activities or puts other students and staff at risk for illness. Please have a plan in place to pick up your child in case he/she needs to be dismissed from school.
- Medications may be administered at school by the nurse with a written order from a licensed health care provider, with parent permission, and in the original prescription labeled bottle. A Medication Order Form needs to be filled out EVERY School Year!
- Please review our medication policy at: WRHS Medication Policy
- Extracurricular Health Safety Plan (for students with a health condition)
- Field Trip Forms
- Life-Threatening Allergies
- For Diabetic students:
Promoting A Partnership
- Parent/Guardians have a major role in the health and well-being of their children. It is important for the school nurse and parents to work together to provide a healthy learning experience for their child. Parents can assist by:
- Sending in completed health forms
- Updating emergency telephone numbers and contacts
- Obtaining immunizations and physicals yearly as required
- Communicating with the school nurse any health concerns you have about your child
State law requires students enrolled in the Wachusett Regional School District (WRSD) to have proof of immunization as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Children who are NOT in compliance will be EXCLUDED from school. Religious and Medical exemptions are accepted. Please speak to your school nurse if you have any questions regarding your child’s immunization record. Your primary physician should complete this Immunization Form, which should be brought to the WRHS Health Office.
The Health Office also performs various health-related screenings such as vision and hearing, BMI, and scoliosis. Parents will be notified of abnormal results from these screenings.
- Vision & Hearing Assessments: The state mandates that vision and hearing screening be performed on all sophomores (10th-graders). Abnormal findings are reported to the parent or guardian.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessment: The state mandates that all sophomores (10th graders) have a BMI index done to detect growth abnormalities in children. This assessment is done at the same time the vision and hearing screenings are done. Parents or guardians will be notified of the results. Parents who wish to opt out of the state-mandated BMI screenings must download and sign this form and return it to the WRHS Health Office.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. Some symptoms of concussions may be experienced immediately, while others may be delayed for hours or days after injury, such as:
- Headache or “pressure” in head.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
- Bothered by light or noise.
- Feeling tired, sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
- Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
- Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.
- Feeling more emotional than usual.
- Sleep disturbances.
Here at Wachusett Regional High School we take concussions very seriously. If your child/player/student reports any symptoms of concussion seek medical attention right away. If your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, medical documentation is required for all accommodations. In order to return to a full schedule including physical education and participation in any extracurricular sports/activities, medical clearance is required. Please submit all required paperwork to the Health Office.
In accordance with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) all middle and high school students wishing to participate in school athletic programs are required to have a current physical on file in the school health office. The physical must be current within 13 months and must cover the entire sports season. The Massachusetts Physical Health Form should be filled out by the family physician. For more information see the WRHS Athletics webpage.
Medication Pickup and Renewal of Physician Orders
As the school year comes to an end, it is time for medication pickup and renewal of physician orders for the 2017-2018 school year. School policy and Massachusetts General Law require the renewal of medication orders, allergic reaction status, and update of medical/health concerns every school year.
All medications currently on file in the Health Office must be picked up by noon, Friday, June 22. Any medication not picked up by that time will be disposed of.
Anyone with questions about medication pick-up should contact the Health Office.
Health Office Closed for the Summer: The Health Office will reopen Monday, July 31, 2017. Summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will not be a nurse available at this time. The secretary will be in the office, however, to collect any paperwork and to answer any questions you may have. If there is a medical concern you need to discuss about your child, please email the nurse and she will try to accommodate a meeting before the start of school if necessary.
Reminder: Please make sure your child has his/her updated physical and immunizations (within last 13 months) on file in the Health Office. If not current, please contact your child's physician to make an appointment. Summer sports physicals will be held in the Health Office from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, August 9; and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. Please call 508-829-6771 ext. 0 to schedule an appointment.
WRHS Health Center Policies
Emergency Cards: Each child attending Wachusett Regional High School is required to have a completed emergency card on file in the Health Office on or before the first day of school. This card contains vital information regarding the child’s health and a way for the school to reach the parent, guardian or designated alternate in an emergency. Emergency contact phone numbers should be included in the event we cannot reach you. If there is an emergency situation and there is no responsible adult willing or able to pick up an injured or severely sick child, an ambulance will be called to transport the child to a hospital. In the event of an injury at the school, the school nurse or other trained personnel will administer First Aid.
Administering Medications to Student: Medications should be given at home whenever possible. In the event that medications must be administered at school, the following guidelines must be followed:
- Students are not permitted to transport medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, to or from school. A parent, guardian or responsible adult shall deliver all medications to the High School. If there is a problem following this requirement, please call the school nurse.
- Medications must be presented to the school nurse in the original pharmacy or manufacturer-labeled container. Please ask the pharmacist to provide you with an extra medication bottle for school.
- There must be a written order from a doctor and written parental consent before the school nurse can administer medication. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medications. To allow administration of medications, parents must download the Physician/Parent Consent Form, have it filled out, and return it to the school nurse. This form must be on file for the school nurse to administer medications.
- Self Administration Medication Policy: If your child needs to self administer a medication while in school, please contact the school nurse for the policy and procedure for self administration. Medications that can be carried and self administered are an Epipen, Medicated Inhalers for Asthma related illness or other medications the child’s physician, school nurse and parent/guardian deem necessary while in school.
- The parent must provide written permission for the school nurse before over-the-counter medication can be administered in accordance to medication standard protocol. This consent is given on the high school emergency card.
Asthma, Allergies, and other Health Concerns: It is extremely important for parents/guardians to notify the school nurse each year of any health conditions that may affect the well being of their child, such as allergies, asthma or other health issues. Please contact the Health Office so the condition can be discussed and a plan of care put in place. If your child requires medication, such as the use of an inhaler or an Epipen for these conditions, paperwork must be completed.
Mandated Immunization For High School Attendance: All incoming freshman (9th grade) and returning students are required by law to have the following immunizations and a written record of the immunizations from the physician:
- Three (3) Hepatitis B vaccines
- A Tetanus Booster (Tdap) (updated in 7th grade)
- Two (2) MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines
- Two (2) doses of the Chicken Pox vaccine if the child is more than 13 years old or documentation from a physician of the child’s history of Chicken Pox.
- Recommended Meningococcal vaccine
If any or all of these immunizations are missing, your child may be excluded from school until they receive the vaccines or provide proof of exemption.
Exemptions From Immunizations: Students are exempt from immunizations for two reasons: medical or religious.
- Medical exemptions: written documentation must be provided from the child’s physician stating the reason for the exemption.
- Religious exemptions: There must be written documentation of the religious practice and a statement why immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs.
Physical Exams: A current physical exam is required to be on file in the Health Office. If your child has transferred from another school, please provide the Health Office with a copy of his/her physical exam, which should include the current immunization from your child's physician or former school. It is recommended that each child have a physical exam every three or four years. Parents may download the Physical Exam Form and have it completed by a physician. All students participating in school sports are required to have a physical exam before participating in sports each year. Physicals for sports are good for 13 months from the date of the physicals. If a family does not have the financial means to get a physical, they should contact the school nurse.
- Scoliosis: The state mandates that all 9th-graders be screened for scoliosis. The screenings are done during physical education classes with the assistance of the PE teachers. The school nurse and female PE teachers screen female students; male PE teachers screen the male students. Parents or guardians are notified prior to the screenings. If your child has had a current scoliosis screening and you do not want it done at the high school, please get a copy of the screening to the nurse by the first week of school.
- Vision & Hearing Assessments: The state mandates that Vision and Hearing screening be performed on all 10th-graders. Abnormal findings are reported to the parent or guardian.
- Body Mass Index Assessment: The state mandates that all 10th-graders have a BMI index done to detect growth abnormalities in children. This assessment is done at the same time as the Vision and Hearing Screenings. Parents or guardians will be notified of the results.