Health Services

Children will soon be returning to classes and getting together to play.  Unfortunately, the school may become the center of transmission of communicable diseases (i.e., lice, scabies, strep, etc.) that a child may have come in contact with over the summer break.  The school has a responsibility to the community at large to protect the public from the spread of communicable diseases and/or parasites.  Parents will be notified if school staff identify a potential concern.

We also need the help of parents to ensure that unpleasant problems do not develop.  Parents are asked to inspect their child(ren)’s hair, arms and upper body for possible symptoms.  Parents should feel free to contact the school nurse if they are unsure of what they are looking for or think that some symptom has been detected.

In the event of an anaphylactic reaction of a student or staff member with an undiagnosed/unknown allergy, there will be an Epi-Pen available to be administered by the school nurses only, during school hours.

Immunizations:  The following represents the school requirements only.  Parents are urged to consult with their family health care provider or the Bangor Immunization Clinic (992-4530) regarding any additional doses and types of immunizations such as pertussis (whooping cough) that are recommended.

  • DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) – 5 doses (If the 4th DPT is given after the 4th birthday, only 4 doses are required.)

All students entering, advancing, or transferring into Grade7 will need proof of the Tdap booster

immunization before entry into school starting this coming August of the 2017-18 school year. This requirement applies to Grade 7 students ONLY; Grades 8-12 are NOT included in this rule change.

  • POLIO – 4 doses (If the 3rd Polio is given after the 4th birthday, only 3 doses are required.)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – 2 doses
  • CHICKEN POX (Varicella) – 1 dose for students through age 12, 2 doses for age 13 and over given 4 weeks apart if getting first varicella shot at age 13 or older. Required for all students in kindergarten-Grade 12.  If your child had a case of chicken pox and did not get the shot, please submit to the school a note from your child’s health care provider that states the child had chicken pox.
  • MCV4 (Meningococcal) – 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) is required for all students entering Grade7. Two doses of meningococcal vaccine are required for students entering Grade 12, with a minimum interval of 8 weeks between dose one and dose two.  If the first dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered on or after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required.

A child who has not received all the required doses of immunizations may not be permitted to attend school beyond the first day without a statement and a time schedule approved by a physician for the completion of the remainder of the required immunizations, unless a parent is claiming religious or personal exemption or the school is presented with a medical exemption signed by the child’s health care provider.  Exemption requests must be submitted to the school annually.

Medications:   Please carefully read the following medication requirements.

 

  1. In accordance with State law, schools may not administer any kind of medication, even over the counter medicine such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cold medicines, etc., without the health care provider’s written authorization.   For short-term prescription medication taken for less than 10 days, such as an antibiotic, the prescription bottle label fulfills this requirement.  Please do not send Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc. to school unless you have had the child’s health care provider sign the medication permission form.  This rule also applies to older students who want to carry over the counter medication on their person.  A form must be signed by the health care provider and you, the parent, to permit a student to take any prescription or over-the-counter prescription medication unsupervised.
  2. Medication must be presented to the school in its original labeled container. We will not accept medication in envelopes, plastic bags, etc.  Tip:  Ask your pharmacist for an extra empty, properly labeled, bottle to keep the balance of medicine safe at home too.
  3. A student may only transport a one-day supply of medication to school.
  4. The parent must transport medication to last more than one day, up to a one- week supply. If absolutely necessary, we will store up to a two-week supply.
  5. If the medication is in liquid form, please send the school a proper measuring device for proper dosage. A kitchen spoon does not suffice.     
  6. If tablets are to be “scored” (broken in half), the parent or the pharmacist must present the pills to school already scored.
  7. Medication permission forms must be renewed annually.
  8. The initial dose of medication must be administered at home prior to being administered at school.
  9. A new medication permission form must be completed whenever the dosage, time of administration or the health care provider changes and/or each time a different medication is prescribed by the healthcare provider.

If you need a Medication Permission Form for your child, you may obtain a copy during the summer at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools (Monday thru Thursday) or at your child’s school after August 21st.

Physical Examinations:  Each child entering Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten in this District should present evidence to the school of having had a physical examination during the past six months.   Following this initial examination, students should be examined a minimum of every three years by the family physician.

Any student wishing to participate as a member of an intramural and/or inter-scholastic athletic team is required to present evidence of having had a physical examination in Grade 6 and Grade 9 prior to participation.  Any student in Grades 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 who wishes to participate in any intramural and/or inter-scholastic athletic team must file an annual health update with the school prior to participation.  Health appraisal forms may be obtained at the Principal’s office of each school.

Vision Screening of students in Pre K, K, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 annually.

Hearing Screening of students in Pre K, K, Grades 1, 3 & 5 annually.  You may request a screening at any time.

Oral Health: The Central Community Elementary School will continue to offer our dental health program (education K-5 and fluoride varnish K-5).  Fluoride varnish safely prevents about 49% of tooth decay.

If you need to contact one of the school nurses, please call your child’s school and leave a message for a return call.


Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

The Board of Directors of RSU/MSAD No. 64 recognizes that from time to time medical emergencies may arise that warrant the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).  RSU/MSAD No. 64 has acquired an AED for use by personnel in its schools and at school activities.  An AED is located at Central High School and Central Community Elementary School.  Guidelines for storage, staff training, and usage of the AED are governed by Policy EBCF.  The placement of the AED in the schools or at school activities is not to be construed as an assertion or guarantee that an AED or a person trained in its use will be available at any particular school site or school-sponsored event.