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Mission Statement

  • 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. 
     
     
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    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."
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COVID Screening Checklist

  • Please keep your child home if they are not fully vaccinated and have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms and call your school nurse for further guidance. If your student is fully vaccinated, please refer to the symptoms in bold only.  You may need to get your child a molecular COVID test (or an alternative diagnosis from a doctor i.e. Strep throat) before he or she can return to school. 

     

    • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Cough (not due to other known cause, such chronic cough)
    • Sore throat when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

Goals

  • 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

  • We understand that the decision to keep a child home when they are sick can be a difficult one.  

     Students must stay home if they have the following:

    A rash or skin condition that is undiagnosed If your child develops a rash, he/she 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 or higher Your child may return to school once he/she is 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 may return to school once his or her symptoms have resolved.

    Bacterial infections like Strep throat and bacterial pneumonia need antibiotic treatment. Once your child has been on antibiotics for 12hrs they may return to school.

    Persistent cough Your child should stay home until symptoms improve.