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School Health Services

“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.

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
  • Referral/counseling/guidance
  • Promotion of healthy life-style choices
Physical Examinations

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.

Immunization Requirements for School Entry
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Flu Information
Immunization Information System Fact Sheet
Immunization Information System Fact Sheet Download
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Flu Vaccine Information
Flu Vaccine Information Download
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Flu Symptom Check List 2015
Flu Symptom Check List 2015 Download
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CDC Flu Information Brochure
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Additional Resources
School Health Flyer
School Health Flyer Download
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Beyond Bandaids Spring/Summer 2016
Beyond Bandaids Spring/Summer 2016 Download
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Medication Order and Consent Form
Medication Order and Consent Form Download
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Flu Information for Parents
Flu Information for Parents Download
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** 2016 Flu Clinic Information **

Dates for 2016 Flu Clinics:

- Tuesday, October 18, 2016  -  3pm - 6pm
     Oakmont Regional High School Cafeteria
 
- Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4pm - 7pm
     Meetinghouse School Cafeteria
 
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Nursing Staff
Jane Flis
Jane Flis
RN. BSN NCSN
John Briggs Elementary

Details
(978) 827-5750
(978) 827-5699
Jessica Heffernan
Jessica Heffernan
RN BSN
Westminster Elementary School

Details
(978) 874-2043
(978) 874-0964
Susan Lofquist
Susan Lofquist
RN BSN NSCN, SBIRT Coordinator
Oakmont High School

Details
(978) 827-5907
(978) 827-5624
Marcia Sharkey
Marcia Sharkey
RN BS / School Nurse, ESHS Grant Nurse Coordinator
Meetinghouse School

Details
(978) 874-0163
(978) 874-0726
Nancy Taylor
Nancy Taylor
RN BSN NCSN
ESHS Grant Funded District School Nurse

Details
(978) 874-0163
(978) 874-0726
Heidi Williams
Heidi Williams
RN, BSN
Overlook Middle School

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(978) 827-1425
(978) 827-4986