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Nurse's Office




Catherine Harkin, RN, BSN
harkinc@holliston.k12.ma.us
Office:  508-429-0689 
Fax:  508-429
-0691










NEWS FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

As always, please review Placentino's Guidelines for a Nut Free classroom prior to sending in any shared snacks!

 

"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 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 

  • The goal of the Holliston Public School Health Services Department is to promote an optimum level of wellness and remove health related barriers in order to enhance the education process. We believe that health and education are interrelated and that a healthy student is the best learner.

  • The Placentino School Health Office is committed to providing basic health services, health promotion and prevention of disease, health maintenance and a safe and caring environment for all students.

  • The Placentino School Health Office provides basic health services that include first aid, management of emergencies, health teaching and counseling, administration of medications and treatments, assistance in management of chronic illness, infectious disease control, monitoring of immunizations and required physical exams, annual vision, hearing, and growth screening programs and staff training in CPR, Epinephrine Administration Programs, and Standard Precaution Programs.

Entrance Requirements
All incoming Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are required to have documentation of their completed series of immunizations on file in the Health office upon entrance to school. Students are also required to have documentation of a current physical exam, performed within a past year, on file in the Health office. 

Medication Policies
The following policies have been put into place to ensure the health and safety of children needing medicine during the school day.  In order for a child to receive a prescription or over the counter medication at school, we require the following:
  • A signed consent by the parent or guardian.
  • A signed medication order from your child’s physician or nurse practitioner
Click here for the Medication Order/Parental Consent Form

Special medication situations:

  • For short-term prescription medications, those requiring administration for ten (10) days or less, the pharmacy labeled container may be used in lieu of a licensed prescriber’s order.
  • Nonprescription medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, require written parental consent only.
  • Over the counter medications, such as cough medicine and antihistamines, require a signed medication order from your child’s licensed prescriber.

Medicines should be delivered to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container by you or a responsible adult whom you designate. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a 30 day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school.

When your child needs a medicine during the school day, please act quickly and follow these policies so that we may begin to give the medicine as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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