PRSD School Nurses are registered nurses certified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as having the professional education and expertise to function in the complex system of education and health.
School Nurses are integral members of a child's educational team enhancing the educational process by promoting good health for optimal learning.
PRSD School Nurses uphold the National Association of School Nurses mission:
"To advance the practice of school nursing and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health programs in the school community."
Our goal is to bring you updated health information as it pertains to children attending the PRSD Public Schools. Each web page is designed to give you information for elementary, middle and high schools. You may download forms for medication, physicals and health histories.
The immunization law is required to be followed by all school districts throughout the State of Massachusetts. By doing this we provide each child a healthy school environment.
Our medication policy is set by the recommendations of the Department of Public Health. Please take a moment to read the policy located on each school's web page to understand what is required if your child needs medication during the school day (this policy covers prescription and over the counter medication).
When To Stay Home
A parent’s decision to keep a child home from school when they are sick can sometimes be a difficult one. However, if a child is truly ill, it is important for them to stay home from school and rest. By taking this step, parents can help their children get better faster as well as prevent the spread of illness to others.
- A rash or skin condition that is undiagnosed. If your child develops a rash, they must be seen by their health care provider and deemed safe to return to school. A note from the provider must be given to the school nurse upon return.
- A temperature of 100.0 F. Your child may return to school once they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If a child is sent home during the school day with a fever, they should stay home the following day.
- Vomiting or diarrhea. Your child will need to see a pediatrician if vomiting or diarrhea persists in severity for more than 1-2 days. If a child is sent home during the school day for vomiting, they should stay home the following day.
- Bacterial infections like strep throat and bacterial pneumonia need antibiotic treatment. Once your child has had at least one dose and is feeling well enough and fever free, they may return to school.
- Persistent cough: with many respiratory illnesses, a cough can linger for up to three weeks or longer. If your child has no other symptoms but a persistent, non-productive cough, they may return to school after seeing their health care provider. Encourage frequent hand-washing and directing their cough into their elbow. Coughing into hands facilitates the spread of germs and should be discouraged.