Salem Public Schools (SPS) Nursing and Health Services Department supports, promotes and protects the health, wellness and safety of students, teachers, staff and families across the district. All schools have a health office that is staffed by full-time registered nurses. As licensed healthcare providers, our school nurses are valuable resources for any health related questions or concerns. Nurses facilitate student health through education, student advocacy, yearly vision and hearing screenings, flu vaccine clinics, maintenance of student health records, communication and outreach with families and medical providers. Their work helps all students to be successful academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Frequently Asked Questions
What health forms are needed for my child for kindergarten?
In addition to the health history forms provided through the Parent Information Center, children entering kindergarten require documentation of a current physical exam and evidence of up-to-date immunizations. Medical providers’ offices quickly fill their scheduled appointments for school physicals during the summer. Please be sure to contact your provider soon to schedule an appointment for your child’s school physical.
A few other health forms will be sent electronically to you by the school next fall. These include an Emergency Information form to identify individuals who are allowed to pick up your child if you cannot be reached and a Permission to Treat (PTT) form which allows the school nurse to provide care to your child, as needed. These will be sent home the first week of school, so please look out for these forms, complete them and return them to the school in a timely manner.
What happens if my child gets sick or hurt during the school day?
Each elementary school has a full-time School Nurse 5 days/week. If your child gets sick or hurt during the school day, the nurse will evaluate and treat them immediately. You will be contacted right away if the injury is severe, or if your child needs to go home due to illness. Therefore, it is critical that we have current and valid telephone numbers to reach you in the event of an emergency or illness during the school day. Please keep the school nurse alerted throughout the school year of any changes in your phone number or contact information.
When should I keep my child home from school?
Particularly during a pandemic, children with any of the following symptoms should not come to school:
- Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
- Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Headache when in combination with other symptoms
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
If a child experiences any of the above symptoms, the child must get a test for active COVID-19 infection prior to returning to school. If not tested, the child may return to school 10 days after the start of symptoms, as long as fever and symptoms have completely resolved for at least 24 hours. These strict health and safety protocols keep all children, teachers, and staff as safe as possible.
Can my child receive prescription or over-the-counter medication during the day?
Yes. However, if your child needs medication during the school day, please be aware that the district has strict policies and follows state mandated guidelines regarding the administration of both prescription and over the counter/non-prescription medications.
For administration of all medicine in school, a child’s caregiver must sign a special permission form. On the same form, the child’s medical provider must provide written instructions to the school nurse for administration of the medication. Your child will be supervised by the school nurse when taking their medicine at the stated time and in the amount prescribed by the medical provider.
Caregivers must provide medication in the original container to the School Nurse. Pharmacy directions on the label may not be altered. Under no circumstances will any over-the-counter medications be given to children without written consent from caregivers and a licensed medical provider.
Parents/caregivers should deliver all medications directly to the School Nurse. Please do not send ANY medication to school with your child. If you are unable to deliver the medication yourself, please contact the School Nurse to make alternate arrangements.
Is it safe for my child to attend school during a pandemic?
This is likely a question on everyone’s mind. Rest assured, through strict health and safety protocols including hand-washing, masking, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation, we strive to keep everyone as safe as possible from the virus. However, our collective health relies on individual attention and responsibility. We ask that caregivers please conduct daily health screenings for Covid-19 before children come to school. The single most important thing to do if any of the symptoms of COVID-19 are present is to STAY HOME. Please remember: Keeping illness out of our school buildings helps prevent transmission within them. Thank you in advance for partnering with us in this effort.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, contact the Director of Nursing and Health Services:
Director: Dr. Charlene Moske-Weber PhD RN
Located at: PPS Office, 29 Highland Ave. Suite 115
Telephone Number: 978-265-4059
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org