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1 School Street
Wenham, MA  01984   
Phone: 978-468-5324
Fax:  978-468-5329
Safe Arrival: 978-468-8400

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Buker School Health Office


Lisa Druskat, BSN, RN, NCSN
1 School St.
Wenham, MA 01984 

Phone: 978-468-5337                               Office Hours:
Safe Arrival: 978-468-8400                       Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.,
Fax: 978-468-0450                                   8:15 am - 3:15 pm                
email:l.druskat @hwschools.net                Wed., 8:15 am - 12:45 pm

 “You cannot educate a child who is not healthy and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated.”
--Jocelyn Elders, Former Surgeon General

 

Welcome to the health office. Our goal is to ensure academic success through optimal health and well-being.  The school nurse's role includes providing first aid, caring for acute and chronic medical conditions, completing state mandated screenings, and maintaining health records.  I am here to assist in promoting good health and maintaining a healthy, safe environment for students and staff that encourages a comfortable and productive learning atmosphere.   My role is to work in collaboration with you, the parents, and with others in the school system and in the community to foster healthy practices. Feel free to call the health office at any time to check on the well-being of your child or to voice concerns that may arise. If your child has a fever or symptoms which would interfere with normal classroom functioning, please make arrangements to keep him/her out until your child is able to perform in the classroom. 

General Information

Forms

District Health Forms

Parent Consent Form

Medical Provider Order

Life Threatening Allergy Emergency Action Plan 


In order to facilitate the return of completed forms, all forms may be faxed to the Health Office @: 

Attention: Buker Health Office 
# 978-468-0450

or mailed directly to:

Lisa Druskat RN 
Buker Health Office
One School Street, Wenham, MA 01984


You may also send the forms in with your child.

 

 

Medication Guidelines

MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

Medication Policy

If it is possible to achieve a medication regime at home, medications (both prescription and over the counter) should not be taken during school hours.  For example, a medication prescribed to be taken three times a day can be given before school, after school and at bedtime.  If medications must be taken during the school hours, please contact the school nurse for the appropriate required forms for your situation. Please note that a new physician’s order is required each school year for all prescription medications administered during school hours, as well as all non-prescription medications that would regularly be administered during school hours.  For example, if you child suffered from an ongoing/chronic pain issue and would receive a daily scheduled dose of Tylenol at school, a physician’s order would be required.

To insure the safety of your child, all medications must be delivered to school:

~In a pharmacy/manufacturer’s container.  If it is a prescription medication, ask the pharmacy to provide an additional labeled bottle for use at school.


~By the parent/guardian or designated adult. Never with the child. Please bring to the nurse in the health office with completed required forms, listed below.

Long Term Medications
Any medications that must be administered during the school day on a long term basis during a given school year require the following forms be completed and returned to the Health Office before the medication will be administered:

*Medication Order Form-fully completed and signed by a licensed prescriber
*Parental Consent for Medication Administration
 
This includes long term prn, or ‘as needed’ medications such as inhalers and epi pens.

Short Term Medications
Prescription medications that must be taken during school hours on a short term basis (ex. short course of antibiotics) require a Parental Consent for Medication Administration form to be complete and on file in the health office.  The prescription label will suffice as the doctor’s order/permission to administer over a short term basis.  

PRN (as needed) Medications
Our school physician has allowed certain over the counter medications to be administered per protocol.  Please sign your Emergency Form for permission for your child to receive these medications per protocol.  These medications include:

*Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
*Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
*Diphenydramine (Benadryl)
*Antacid Tablets/Liquid (TUMs)
*Bacitracin Ointment
*Calamine Lotion
*Hydrocortisone cream
*Anbesol or Oragel
*Cough drops

If your child requires an over the counter medicine to be administered that is not on the above list (for example cold medicine), a doctor's order and parent consent form is needed before the school nurse can administer it.  

Medication Retrieval
Parents/guardians may retrieve their child’s medications/supplies from the school at any time.  Any and all medications/supplies must be picked up by the parent/guardian by the end of the school year.  Any medications/supplies not retrieved by this time will be discarded.  Medications/supplies will not be stored over the summer break.  Any medication not retrieved by a responsible adult by the conclusion of dismissal on the last day of school will be disposed off.  

Sick Day Guidelines

If your child will be home sick, please notify us via our Safe Arrival message system.  You may call the Safe Arrival Line  978-468-8400  or  email bukersafearrival@hwschools.net.  These messages are received directly by the school nurse.

Illness

In order to provide the healthiest environment as possible in order to promote learning, please do not send your child to school when symptoms of illness are present.  Symptoms can include, but not be limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, general malaise, fever, severe or persistent sore throat, ear pain, or frequent cough.  A child will not be allowed to remain in school if any of the following conditions exist: temperature measured at, or above, 100.4 degrees fahrenheit; persistent cough; untreated head lice; undiagnosed/untreated skin rash or communicable disease; vomiting/diarrhea; neurological changes; severe pain or disabling injury.  
Please notify the health office within 24 hours if your child contracts any contagious disease, including but not limited to: strep throat, MRSA, conjunctivitis, head lice, impetigo, fifth’s disease, chicken pox, measles, whooping cough (pertussis), mononucleosis, scabies, mumps, tuberculosis, and scarlet fever.


Additional information to help you decide if your child is well enough for school can be found here, "Sick Day Guidelines."   Please remember, the guidelines discussed are just that...guidelines.  A child does not have to be 'so sick,' or hit a certain number of checks on a list, to simply not be well enough with enough energy to function through a day and benefit from being in school.  


Post-Illness Return to School Attendance Guidelines


Your child must be fever free without medication and symptom free (no vomiting/diarrhea, etc.) for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  Your child should also feel generally well enough, and have had adequate rest in the recovery of their illness to be able to deal with a school day.  This would mean that a child dismissed home from school with a fever or other illness symptoms on a given day should not return to school the following day.  According to school guidelines,  a child diagnosed with strep throat, impetigo or conjunctivitis must be on medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  


In the event of a head lice (pediculosis) diagnosis, please treat accordingly and check your child’s head frequently.  Please see the Hamilton Wenham guide for treatment here.  The Hamilton Wenham School District procedure for the management of lice can be found here.  Our procedure supports the American Academy of Pediatrics position statement, found here, as well as that of the National Association of School Nurses, found here, in relation to the management of head lice (pediculosis) in schools.  In short, exclusion of a student from school because of a head lice diagnosis is unnecessary and results in unfounded  loss of days in school.  Parents are encouraged to review these informational statements in order to best support their family and our school community.  Call the school nurse if you have any questions.  

Health/Disease Information (Links and Fact Sheets)

Healthy Resources and Websites

Immunization and Physical Exam Requirements for School Participation

  • IMMUNIZATION & PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL PARTICIPATION

Physical Exam Requirements

According to state law, there are mandated times at which a parent/guardian must provide a copy of a current physical exam, performed by a physician within the last year, to the school’s Health Office.  These times are:

However, if your child has a physical and you don’t know if you need to send a copy to the school, send it.  If your child has had new immunizations please send those that record as well.  Better more health updates than not enough.  


Immunization & Lab Result Requirements

School Immunization Law, Chapter 76, Section 15 of the General Laws of Massachusetts requires that all immunizations must be up to date for children to attend school according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. Massachusetts General Law allows schools to exclude children from school whose immunizations are not up to date. Please Note:
*Immunization and lab testing dates must be physician verified.
*Physician documented updates should be submitted whenever your child receives additional immunizations.
*Immunization requirements listed below must be met, and on file in the health office, by the first day of school for that child (beginning of school year or upon entering as a new student during the year) in a given school year or that child will be unable to attend until the missing immunizations have been administered and supporting documentation is received by the school.

MA Immunization Requirements for School 2017-2018

Kindergarten Requirements for Entry

5 doses DTaP/DTP
4 doses Polio
3 doses Hepatitis B
2 doses MMR
2 dose Varicella/Varivax or physician documented case of chickenpox
Lead screening results and TB results and/or risk status

While flu vaccination is not mandatory, receiving the flu shot helps protect your child, family, and the community from the spread of the flu, and is helpful in our ongoing efforts to keep all of our students healthy and in school to learn. It is also not required that you provide us with documentation of your child's flu shot, but your efforts to do so helps us track data and better protect our students.

Please consult with your child’s pediatrician with any questions or concerns. There are health circumstances in which a standard immunization schedule is not appropriate. If this is the case for your child, a letter on office letterhead from your child’s pediatrician explaining why would be required.

Massachusetts School Health Related Regulations

Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Information

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