Superintendent's Message

    Health Requirements for Attendance in LPS


    Health Requirements for the Longmeadow Public Schools are listed below.

     Preschool: Physicals exams are needed by all children entering the preschool program for the first time.   A copy of the child’s immunizations should also be presented.

    Elementary (Grades K-5):   Physical exams are needed by all students entering kindergarten, all students new to the Longmeadow Public Schools, and all students entering grade 4. 

    New immunization requirements effective for those entering Kindergarten in September 2011 are the following:

    2 doses of  live measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine given at least 4 weeks apart and after 12 months of age are required for all students as well as 2 doses of varicella vaccine.

    Middle (Grades 6-8):  Physical exams are needed by all students new to the Longmeadow Public Schools and all students entering grade 7.

    New immunization requirements effective for  September 2011 in grade 7 are the following:

    2 doses of  live measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine given at least 4 weeks apart and after 12 months of age are required for all students as well as 2 doses of varicella vaccine.  In addition, a Tdap vaccine is also required.

     

    High School (Grades 9-12):  Physical exams are required of all students new to Longmeadow Public Schools, students participating in athletics and all students entering grade 10.

     

    For students new to the Longmeadow Public Schools, please note that Certificates of Immunization should be presented to the school nurse for compliance, prior to your child’s entrance into the Longmeadow Public Schools.

     

     To read the laws surrounding school immunization, please use the following link:

    www.mass.gov/dph/imm

    Other Information

    Cumulative Health File

    A cumulative health record including copies of physical examinations, immunizations, screenings, and emergency information is kept on each pupil throughout his/her school career.

    Growth and Development

    Heights and weights are checked intermittently throughout the student’s school career.  Parents are notified when there is a marked deviation from the previous result.

    Screenings

    Postural screenings are performed on all students in grades 5-9. Parents are notified of any deviations.

    Vision and hearing screenings are periodically throughput the school career. Parents are notified of abnormal results.

    Conditions for Exclusion from School

    Students may be excluded from school if their immunizations are not up to date according to state guidelines.

     Certain communicable diseases may require exclusion. This is handled on a case-by-case basis as the need arises.

     If a student is diagnosed with conjunctivitis he/she may not return to school until three doses of the prescribed medication have been given.

    Health education

    The school nurse is a valuable resource within the school and is available to go into the classroom.  Certain topics such as first aid are taught to specified groups of students.

     

    Medication Information

    All prescription medications require a written physician’s order before medication administration can take place. Parental permission is also required. For prescription medication, contact your child’s school nurse or obtain forms available on district website. The parent/legal guardian completes and signs one section and the doctor the other. The order must be renewed as needed and at the start of each school year. Medicines are to be delivered to school in a pharmacy labeled container by the parent or responsible adult. Ask your pharmacist to provide separate home and school bottles. No more than a 30 day supply of medicine should be delivered to school.


    School Health Staff:

    Blueberry Hill School:  Mrs. Lori Paolucci, RN - 565-4280

    Center School:  TBD, RN - 565-4290

    Wolf Swamp Road School:  Mrs. Kathy Berte, LPN - 565-4270

    Glenbrook Middle School:  Mrs. Kristen Casey, RN - 565-4250

    Williams Middle School:  Mrs. Elizabeth Gartman, RN - 565-4260

    Longmeadow High School:  Mrs. Charlotte Steele, RN - 565-4220

    All school nurses are registered nurses or licensed practical nurses with experience in pediatrics or public health. All registered nurses, like teachers, are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. The registered nurses must meet the same continuing education requirements as teachers as well as the requirements to maintain their nursing licenses and national certifications.

    The primary function of school health personnel is to assure a safe and wholesome environment and to insure children and staff the best possible services and programs.  The focus of school health is also to promote knowledgeable health practices and to prevent situations and circumstances that impede learning or threaten optimal health.

     The school physician performs medical exams and is a consultant to school health services personnel on student health issues.


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    Dianne Georgantas,
    Jan 19, 2011, 10:09 AM
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    Dianne Georgantas,
    Jan 19, 2011, 10:09 AM
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    Dianne Georgantas,
    Jan 19, 2011, 10:09 AM
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