The High School Nursing Office is located on the second floor across from the library. The Nursing office is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. during regular school hours. Please feel free to contact Nurse Lisa with questions or concerns.
Physical Exams and Immunizations
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires physical examinations and immunizations for school age children. A complete physical examination must include a list of all immunizations required by Massachusetts Department of Public Health. St. Mary's High School requires a yearly physical be done and on record in the nursing office. The law and regulations provide for exclusion of students from school if immunizations are not up to date, but permit exemptions for medical and religious reasons. Students may be excluded from school, under law, if these important medical records are not in place. In addition, students participating in school sponsored sports must have an up-to-date physical exam on file at all times, that covers the applicable season. Only one physical form is needed and should be turned into the nurse yearly to have a current physical on file.
Emergency Medical Form
It is important that we have an emergency form on file in the nursing office and it must be updated yearly. Please make sure the EMF is filled out and sent back to nurse before the beginning of the school year.
Administration of Medications Policy
The school nurse is responsible for the administration of all medications. For "over-the-counter" medications, i.e., nonprescription medications, the school nurse shall follow protocols set by the Board of Registration in Nursing. With parent/guardian permission the school nurse can administer the following over-the-counter medications as needed: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Antacid, Pseudoephedrine, and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Parents/guardians should indicate their consent on the back of the emergency form and on the medication permission form.
For daily or routine medications the medication permission form must be completed and on file in the Health Office before any medication is administered.
Whenever possible, medication should be scheduled at times other than during school hours. All medication must be delivered by the parent/guardian in the original container and labeled with the student's name. No more than a thirty (30) school day supply of the medication for a student shall be stored at the school. Prescription medication must be in a pharmacy or manufacturer-labeled container with full prescription instructions on the label.
Self-administration of medication may be allowed under certain circumstances, but only after consultation with the school nurse, i.e. Asthma Inhalers, Epinephrine Auto Injectors, etc.
For short-term medications, i.e., those requiring administration for ten school days or fewer, the pharmacy-labeled container may be used in lieu of a MD order.
Medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.
All food and/or nut allergies should be reported to Nurse Lisa and an EpiPen and Medication Form needs to filled out and on file.
Any injuries should be reported to Nurse Lisa as soon as the student returns to school. No exceptions.