Whitman Hanson Regional School District Health Services
"You cannot educate an unhealthy child and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy..." Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders, Former Secretary of Health
"The rapid changes occurring in our society and in our health care system present many challenges for the school nurse. Many students come to school shouldering a background of profound health risks, which, in turn, affect their academic progress and success. Modern technology and pharmacology have made it possible for students with special health care needs to participate within the mainstream educational setting. Through the professional expertise of the school nurse, student health needs are assessed, identified and monitored. The school nurse functions with other professionals in the school community to facilitate health and wellness so that each student will have the opportunity for academic success".
(Massachusetts School Nurses Organization)
The School Health Service Program in the WHRSD is an integral part of the total educational curriculum. The school nurse is responsible for caring for all emergencies that arise during school hours. The nurse assists in identification of health related problems. Only the school nurse has the authority to dismiss a student for illness or other medically related problems. The school nurse, in addition, offers health counseling to both students and parents.
The WHRSD has a Registered Nurse assigned to each school in the District . Our nurses are available for cross coverage of the schools as needed: Unfortunately the District cannot guarantee that a Registered Nurse is always present in each building, each school day. If your child requires medical attention or medication when a nurse is not physically present in the building, you or your designee will be contacted. If school staff determines that a child may need immediate medical attention, 911 will be called. District Nurses do not routinely go on school sponsored field trips unless the School Administrator and the Nursing Department deem it necessary.
Massachusetts General Law requires school districts to perform certain health screenings in the schools as follows:
Children in grades 1-5, 7,10: Annual Vision Screening
Children in grades K-3, 7, 10: Annual Hearing Screening
Grades 1,4, 7 and 10: Height and Weight with Body Mass Index Calculation (new regulation)
Grade 5-8,9 Scoliosis Screening
You will be notified in writing if your child fails the Vision, Hearing, or Scoliosis Screening. You will not be notified if your child passes the screenings. New regulations will eventually require schools to notify parents either in writing or by secure electronic means of BMI Screening results.
If you do not want your child to participate in any of the mandated health screenings, please notify the School Nurse in writing no later than September 30 of the school year.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the health screenings please contact your school nurse.
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