“School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and/or potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning. ” National Association of School Nurses 1999
The Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District (AWRSD) employs full-time registered nurses in all 5 schools: Oakmont High School, Overlook Middle School, JRBriggs Elementary School, Westminster Elementary School and Meetinghouse School. Dr. Lisa Rembetsy-Brown, of Meetinghouse Family Practice, AWRSD School Physician, provides consultation and guidance to the school nurses throughout the school year.
An important note about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus)...
We’ve had several cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease already this year. This is a common illness in young children caused by a virus called coxsackievirus. Symptoms include mild fever, poor appetite, and a sore throat. After the fever begins, tiny blisters develop in the mouth and then a skin rash. The rash is not itchy and is usually found on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. This illness is usually mild and most people get better in 7-10 days. There is no specific treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease, but your health care provider may suggest treatment to relieve some symptoms. Your child can return to school as soon as he/she feels well enough to attend. Please help us teach your child the importance of handwashing after using the toilet, before touching food and eating, after wiping or blowing noses, etc. And we also encourage your child not to share food, drinks or utensils here at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Health Services provided within the Comprehensive School Health Program include:
- Injury and illness assessment and treatment
- Management of chronic diseases
- Administration of medication
- Monitoring compliance with state immunization guidelines
- Identification and prevention of the spread of disease
- Vision and hearing screening
- Postural screening
- BMI (body mass index) screening
- Promotion of healthy life-style choices
All students entering grades K, 3, 6 and 9 are required to submit a current physical exam by the beginning of that school year. Physical exams are required annually for students enrolled in sports programs sponsored by the school system. New students are required to have physical exams within a year of entering the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District.
Immunization Requirements for School Entry
Massachusetts law (Chapter 76, Section 15) states that no child will be admitted to school unless they show proof that all the vaccines required by the Department of Public Health have been received. The Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District will exclude any child from school entry until the school nurse receives this written proof.