School Nurse’s Office
The Nurse’s Office or Health Office is staffed full time by an RN and LPN to provide first aide, health assessment-related to illness and injury, support for students with medical or health needs, guidance related to shop safety, and assistance with adolescent growth and development issues. Beginning in November, during shop weeks of sophomore year, we conduct state mandated BMI screenings with brief discussions about nutrition and physical activity. During this time, the RN also conducts the Hearing, Vision, and Postural exams. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Romkey.
We coordinate an Annual Physical in conjunction with the School Physician from Merrimack Valley Pediatrics, every August for that current year 10,11, 12th grade Athletes. The physical is free and in accordance with MIAA regulations physical exams will be required every thirteen months to the day of the previous physical exam. For example, physical dated September 14, 2011 will EXPIRE on October 14, 2012 and the student – athlete becomes ineligible to practice or compete until current physical is provided to the school nurse.
Medications/Field Trips and Student Participation:
Please reference the student handbook for requirements and regulations for student participation in different school activities and events. All required forms must be up to date and on file for medications and activity participation. Please call the office if you have any questions.
Illnesses/Extended Absences Due to Medical Needs:
The student handbook provides details regarding school attendance policy. In general, medical documentation is required for absences associated with illness or other medical conditions. Please contact your student’s guidance counselor if you need assistance.
Students should not return to school after an illness until they are fever free for at least 24 hours. If a student is on antibiotics, they may return if approved by a doctor 24 hours after the start of the antibiotic. Physicals conducted by student’s personal MD should be submitted to Nurse’s Office for inclusion in student’s health record.
Parents and Guardians please use the following forms if you need to have medications dispensed to your son/daughter during the school day. Both the parent authorization AND the medical order form need to be submitted to the nurses office. If you have questions, please call the nurses office at 978-671-3625? ?
- Winter Season Tips
- Mylan Specialty offering free copays for eligible parents/students
- Massachusetts School Health Record Form
Parent/Guardian Authorization for Prescription Medication Administration:
Medication Order Form (this form must be filled out by the prescribing medical professional and submitted along with the Parent/Guardian Authorization form)
Copy of Mass. School Health Record-physical
Confidential form. Please use these forms for Medication Administration during school hours: CLICK HERE
“ We support local community resources for our students, families and their friends. Substance Abuse has been on the rise in local communities and it impacts everyone. Please attend if you want to learn more, and pass information along to family and friends. The more we all know, the more likely we can prevent a tragedy.” Terri Romkey, RN,BSN,CCM, CSN
October is Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month
“ Activities listed below are open to Billerica residents and open forum is open to all.” Dr. Potee’s presentation is open to residents of Shawsheen Tech’s 5 member towns. Highly recommended”
Notices to Parents: the Best Opioid Prevention is to stop accessibility to opioids before teens ever become tempted to experiment with the drugs. Please look in your home cabinets and medicine chests and remove all prescription medications that are not being used. Even Expired medication can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Check with your resident towns regarding “take back” days. Most Police departments have drop off medication bins in their lobbies.”
The most recent number of RECORDED/REPORTED opiod overdoses in Shawsheen Tech member towns from 1/1/2015 to 9/15/15
Town of Billlerica :55 recorded overdoses, 9 fatalities , Narcan administered 28 times
Town of Burlington: 9 recorded overdoses, 2 fatlaities, Narcan administered 8 times
Town of Wilmington: 34 recorded overdoses, 4 fatalities, NArcan administered 21 times
Town of Tewksbury: 47 recorded overdoses, 6 fatalities, Narcan administered 16 times
US NEWS and WORLD REPORT:
“One month in 2010, in America enough painkillers were prescribed by doctors to medicate every American around the clock for an entire month.”
School Nurse RN
School Nurse Asst LPN