As part of the West Revere Complex, the A.C. Whelan Elementary School and Susan B. Anthony Middle School, you have 2 Nurses available. We are here for the students, their families and staff. We are also here to listen to your concerns about your child and try to help connect you and/or the student with the right resources.
- All medication, including over the counter medicine, that is required for your child during school hours must be accompanied by an order from a physician.
- Any medication brought into the building needs to be brought in by an adult.
- Students are not allowed to carry their inhalers in school.
- We are legally not permitted to administer any medication to students without a written doctor’s order and parental/guardian permission that explicitly states that the school nurse is to administer the medication to your child. The physicians' order should include the name of the student, the name of the medication, the dose, the manner in which it is to be given, and how frequently it is to be given. The medication must also be in its original box with the child’s name and prescription label on it.
By bringing in the appropriate documents along with the medication in its original packaging we will be able to keep your children healthy and prepared for every day at school!
Throughout the school year, the nurse’s office conducts important State Health screenings. Below are the approximate dates in which the screenings will take place.
Vision | October & November | K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Hearing | October & November | K, 1, 2, 3, 7
- If you child fails the vision or hearing screening, you will receive a letter in the mail.
Scoliosis | April | 5, 6, 7, 8
- If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution.
Body Mass Index (BMI) | February | 1, 4, 7
Immunizations and Yearly Physicals
It is important to keep your child’s medical records up to date. In order to stay in compliance, your child must be properly immunized per state mandate, and have a yearly physical. All updated information must be brought into the nurse’s office.
Massachusetts State Law “Section 15. No child shall, except as hereinafter provided, be admitted to school except upon presentation of a physician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles and poliomyelitis and such other communicable diseases as may be specified from time to time by the department of public health. A child shall be admitted to school upon certification by a physician that he has personally examined such child and that in his opinion the physical condition of the child is such that his health would be endangered by such vaccination or by any of such immunizations. Such certification shall be submitted at the beginning of each school year to the physician in charge of the school health program. If the physician in charge of the school health program does not agree with the opinion of the child’s physician, the matter shall be referred to the department of public health, whose decision will be final.”
Dismissals by the Nurse
The nurses dismiss students at their discretion. At times a student may be dismissed to a parent/ guardian for the following reasons:
- A temperature 100° or higher – If your child is dismissed during school hours with a fever of 100° or higher, it is the school's policy that they remain home the following school day (provided that there is school the next day)
- A red tympanic membrane (inner ear)
- Significant injuries that require further evaluation by a doctor.
- Possible contagious infections/disease
The nurses do not make the decision regarding your student’s absences.
Please speak to the school's assistant principal.