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Arlington Public School Covid 19 Information

Children learn better when they are happy and healthy!

The Arlington School Health Services Program is designed to protect and promote the health of our school children. A registered nurse in each school manages these services. Your school nurse is an advocate for each child in our school community.

The school nurse recognizes that parents have the primary responsibility for the health care of their children. The health room is not designed for the extended care of seriously ill or injured children. The nurse does not make a medical diagnosis or prescribe treatment for illness or injuries that occur at home.

There are times when a student should remain at home for their own welfare and the protection of other students. Your child should remain at home if they have:

  • Sore throat and swollen glands
  • Fever over 100.4 degrees within 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours
  • Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions
  • Earache or drainage from eyes
  • Any untreated communicable disease
  • Constant coughing that is not relieved with water or position change
  • For 24 hours after an acute illness

When a child becomes ill at school, a parent or guardian will be notified and expected to come for the child within one hour. Each family must supply the school with the name of an alternate person to be contacted in case of an emergency.

Parents should notify the school if their child is diagnosed with a communicable disease, which enables us to be alert to refer early, similar symptoms in other students.

Medications can only be administered to a student after the parent has made a written request and signed the appropriate forms. Prescribed medication must be delivered by an adult, in a labeled prescription bottle. Contact your child’s school nurse for the required forms.

In addition to first aid, medication administration and health assessments, school nurses manage screening programs for vision (K-5), hearing (K-3), and posture (grades 5-9). The school nurse also enhances and supports health education through Great Body Shop programming.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that a record be maintained of the immunization status of all school children. Proof of immunization for DtaP, Polio, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella are required for all new students. In addition, entering kindergarten students are required to have documentation of lead testing and vision screening prior to the first day of school. A current physical examination is required for new students, and at grades 4, 7, and 10.