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The health office is staffed by a full time RN and a part time health aide. The nurse is available to administer medical assistance and first aid and dispense medication as directed by the physician and parent to students during the regular school day. She will develop individual health plans for students with chronic health conditions or handicaps. We maintain health records and make sure all state required physicals and immunizations are up to date. We will perform state mandated health screenings for vision, hearing, and scoliosis. Please notify the nurse of any health updates throughout the year. If there is any medical information you would like the nurse to be aware of, please feel free to contact her.
Tina Bennett, RN;
Middle School: Phone: 860-399-2010 Fax: 860-399-2006
High School: Phone: 860-399-6214 Fax:860-399-2007
Student Illness Guidelines
A student must remain at home from school and will be dismissed automatically from school with the following symptoms of communicable illness or disease:
- A temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Students must be fever-free without use of medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students must remain at home until vomiting and/or diarrhea have subsided for at least 24 hours with use of medication and they are able to tolerate fluids.
- Suspected or Confirmed Conjunctivitis which can include eye discomfort, itching, irritation, redness, and/or discharge. The nurse may require a doctor’s note to return to school. If confirmed with pink-eye, the student may not return to school until they have completed a full 24 hours of antibiotics.
- Live pediculosis (head lice) and/or nits found in the hair. The student may return to school only after hair treatment is complete and every viable nit is removed. The student must see the nurse upon arrival at school and provide proof of treatment. Any sibling of affected students will be screened.
- Skin rash suggestive of a communicable disease.
Tips for parents:
- Please keep your child home and contact the primary care provider for: a sore throat that is accompanied by fatigue, body aches, and/or fever and/or a persistent/disruptive cough lasting for more than a few days with or without a fever.
- Consider getting a flu shot for your child as well as for other family members.
- Many parents work outside the home, making it difficult to take time off from work to care for their sick child. Consider possible back-up plans and alternate caregivers ahead of time in case your child needs to remain home from school.
- Always contact your child’s physician with any questions or concerns.
- The school nurse and support teams at each school are available as resources for parents and students.
- Encourage healthy life-style habits such as good nutrition, hydration, exercise, and sleep to help to keep the body in optimal condition.
Health Office Information
- A comprehensive physical (blue form) is required by the board of education and Connecticut state law during the 6th grade and 10th grade. Physicals need to include vision, hearing, and postural screening and immunization records. Without this physical, your child will not be allowed to move on to the next grade.
- If your child is planning on playing a sport, an updated physical must be on file in the health office. Sports physicals are valid for 13 months and need to be received prior to any participation including tryouts. Bridge notes will not be accepted per CIAC rules.
- All students entering Westbrook Public Schools must show proof of receiving the following immunizations:
- DPT/DTaP/Td (tetanus) - At least 4 doses
- Polio - At least 3 doses
- MMR - 2 doses
- Varicella 2 doses
- Hepatitis B - 3 doses
- Hepatitis A - 2 doses (Grades 5-8)
- Tdap - 1 dose (Grades 7-12)
- Meningococcal - 1 dose (Grades 7-12)
- Routine health screenings will be conducted by the nurse yearly:
- Hearing Screening: Grade 5
- Vision Screening: Grade 5
- Scoliosis/Postural: Females Grade 5 and 7; Males Grade 8
- 6th and 10th graders must receive their screenings at their required comprehensive physical exam.
- Students will automatically be dismissed for the following reasons:
- Temperature 100.0 or above
- Suspected/Confirmed conjunctivitis
- If dismissed for diarrhea, vomiting, or temp 100 or above, the student must be excluded until symptom free for at least 24 hours without medication to suppress symptoms.
- For Conjunctivitis, the nurse may require a doctor’s note to return to school. If diagnosed with pink-eye, the student may not return to school until they complete a full 24 hours of antibiotics.
- If live louse (lice) is discovered, the student may return to school only after hair treatment is complete and every viable nit is removed and the student must see the nurse upon arrival at school.
Accommodations and Medications:
- The nurse can administer over the counter and prescription medication ONLY with an order from the physician and signed parental permission. The form must be complete and include the following:
- Provider order and written authorization to administer medication
- Parental written authorization to administer medication
- If the student will be self-administering, the form must be checked and signed by the provider and parent
- Medication must be in the original container with the pharmacy label and have a current expiration date.
- Middle school and high school students may receive Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Zyrtec with just signed parental permission. If you would like your child to be able to take these medications at school, please fill out the Authorization to administer non-aspirin medication on the Annual Health Report Update Form.
- The parent/guardian is responsible for forwarding any treatment plans (Asthma Action Plan, Allergy Plan, Diabetic Plan, etc) and doctor orders to the nurse.
- All medication authorization needs to be updated annually. All forms can be found on the website.
- If your child requires any accommodation at school, please send in a note with instructions from the health care provider.
- If your child is out sick or will not be in school for any reason, please call the main office every day they are out prior to 8:00 am.
- After 9 absences, appropriate documentation is required for any and all subsequent absences.
- Please have your child eat breakfast and pack healthy snacks for school. The school does offer breakfast service and reduced pricing is available to those that qualify. Students who do not eat breakfast feel tired, dizzy, and have poor concentration. Breakfast improves school performance and increases focus.
- Please notify the nurse of any health updates throughout the year. If there is any significant medical history you would like the nurse to be aware of please feel free to contact me.
Mobile Dentist by Community Health Center
The School-Based Mobile Dental Program is offered here at Westbrook Public Schools for the benefit of the students.
In-School Services Provided
- Oral Health Education
The following fees/charges apply to Community Health Center, Inc.’s Mobile Dental Program:
- For patients enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid, services are 100% covered through Husky/Medicaid with no additional fees or charges.
- For patients with private dental insurance, services are billed to insurance. Patient/Family is responsible for any deductible and/or co-pay.
- For patients with no dental insurance the following fees apply:
- $30 for Dental Hygiene visit (cleaning, x-rays, fluoride)
- $18 per visit for exam by the Dentist
- $25 per visit for sealants
Enrollment is accepted year around, and once enrolled it remains active until high school graduation.
In fact, if you move to another town where CHC provides school-based services, your enrollment will continue.
To begin receiving services, please go to www.SBHC1.com to sign up quickly and easily online!
Or print and complete the enrollment form found here. Please note all parts of this registration/enrollment form must be completed, signed and returned to the School Nurse or the School Main Office before your child can receive services:
Download the form in English or in Spanish
For further information on getting a student enrolled or to un-enroll a student please contact:
Middlesex, New London & Meriden Areas
(860) 347-6971 ext. 5163