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.