Better Health. Better Learning.
© National Association of School Nurses, 2015
Welcome to the School Nurses' Website!
Every school has a registered nurse with expertise in school health and pediatrics, available to provide health care whenever school is in session. With nearly 60,000 office visits recorded during the 2015-16 school year, our primary mission is to provide exceptional health services to support every student’s academic success. A nurse leader supervises district-wide health office activities and assures compliance with regulatory standards set by the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health (MDPH) and Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). A school physician serves as an adviser to the nurses.
All medications are administered by the school nurse during the school day. Please see the Medications tab for more information.
Please help the school nurse care for your child by informing the nurse if your child has:
- any chronic or acute illnesses
- a new medication or change in medication dosage
- been exposed to a communicable disease such as a strep throat infection, chicken pox, or conjunctivitis
- a life-threatening or new allergy
- a serious injury requiring hospitalization, or a diagnosed head concussion
- an injury requiring casting, sutures, a splint, or mobility assistance of crutches or wheelchair
- vision or hearing difficulties
The school nurse will work with the child's physician, parent and other school personnel to meet special health needs in school so that the child may benefit from their educational program. A child must provide a note from the doctor for activity restriction due to an injury or illness. A note written by a parent is not acceptable. Activity restrictions for gym or recess will also apply to any before and after school sport activity.
Please help the school nurse by:
- Updating the phone numbers on your child’s school record so the nurse can always reach you
- Sharing if there is an event at home or in the family that may impact your child at school such as military deployment, birth, or death of a family member or of a beloved pet.
Please keep your child home when the following symptoms are present
- Temperature of 100 degrees F or greater within the past 24 hours
- Vomiting or diarrhea occurring within the past 24 hours
- Strep infections of any kind, untreated ringworm, conjunctivitis, or impetigo. These are all contagious infections and must be treated with medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school
- Rash of unknown origin - this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician
- Untreated lice infestation
Children with pain should be taken seriously, especially in young children. Earaches, toothaches, and headaches should be evaluated by a doctor.
The mission of the Lexington Public School nurses is to use our professional expertise to support students in maintaining optimal mental and physical well-being. We value compassionate, collaborative, culturally sensitive, and evidenced-based health care, thereby enabling students to be healthy, safe, and successful learners.