Catherine Harkin, RN, BSN
"School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials."
National Association of School Nurses
Sarah Holmes, RN, BSN
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.
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.
When to keep your ill child home:
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
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.
- Life Threatening Allergy Packet
- Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
- Medication Order Form
- UPDATED Lice Guidelines
- Fifth Disease Fact Sheet
- School Exclusion Guidelines
- Guidelines for a Nut Free Classroom
- الإرشادات المحدّثة لمنع تناولالفول السوداني والمكسّرات في الصف
- Salones de Clases "Libres de Frutas Secas" (Nut free) - Directrices ACTUALIZADAs
- Diretrizes das Salas de Aula “Livres de Nozes”(Nut Free) - VERSÃOATUALIZADA
- ОБНОВЛЕННЫЕ правила относительно орехосодержащих продуктов в учебных классах
- Tips for Avoiding Allergens
- Holliston Schools Safe Snack List May 2018
- New And Transfer Students
- Health Resources
Please inform the nurse's office if your child is being tested for COVID-19
Important Health Information
Current COVID Guidance
Effective Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory:
· As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.
· Travelers are exempt from this advisory if they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival, as long as travelers quarantine until a negative test result has been received.
· Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours is exempt from this advisory.
· Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) are exempt from this advisory while they are commuting to or from or while at work.
· Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms are exempt from this advisory.
· Travelers are encouraged to consult and follow the CDC’s guidelines and requirements for travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html