School health services are available daily to all students. Students may use the health office if they become ill during the school day, injure themselves, or have a health-related question. There will be mandatory health screenings conducted during the year for vision, hearing, height, weight, and scoliosis.
The School Nurse/Nurse Practitioner is available during school hours:
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
Wed.: 8:30 am - 1:45 pm
I. Medication Administration
Students are not permitted to carry any over-the-counter or prescription medications on their person or in their backpacks or purses during the school day. Only the school nurse may dispense over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil), and only if there is a medication permission slip on file. In accordance with the Department of Health regulations, over-the-counter medication will be administered as per the protocols set forth by the school’s nurse practitioner and the presiding physician.
The exception to the above is prescription emergency inhalers for asthma and injection of epinephrine for anaphylaxis. These medications may also be stored in the health office at the discretion of the parent/guardian.
Non-Emergency medication should be scheduled to be administered at home when possible. If a student requires prescription medication during the school day, the parent must contact the school nurse to develop a Medication Administration Plan. All medications that are dispensed at school must be accompanied by a written doctor’s order and a written parent permission form. Doctor’s written orders must include the following information:
- Name of drug to be given, dosage, and possible side effects
- The duration of medication administration
Prescription medication provided to the school nurse must be in the original pharmacy container and must state:
- Child’s name
- Medication name
- Dosage/Route/Frequency of Administration
- Licensed Provider’s Name
- Date Prescribed
No more than 30 days’ worth will be stored at school. New medication orders must be provided for each school year. This includes Epi-pens, Inhalers and Insulin.
Prescription medication required for 10 days or less may be administered according to the direction on the original pharmacy label, in place of a written order. The pharmacy will provide a second labeled container for medication to be administered at school. The school nurse will not accept “as directed” on prescription labels.
Children must not carry medication in school. A parent/guardian must deliver and pick up medication to/from health office. Medication must be delivered to the school nurse in the original pharmacy-labeled container. Medication must be left in school overnight and cannot be carried home by students.
At the end of the school year, parents/guardians shall retrieve all unused, outdated, or discontinued medications.
CCSC Health Office Medication Administration Plan form (download here) (updated 10/2/15)
II. Physical Exams
All new students and those students entering the 7th and 10th grade are required to submit a physical exam that is within 12 months of the first day of school.
The following immunizations are required for all students in order to attend CCSC:
3 doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine
4 doses of Dtap/DTP or > 3 doses Td; plus 1 dose Tdap
3 or more doses of Polio Vaccine
1-4 doses of Hib Vaccine
2 doses of MMR Vaccine
1 dose of Varicella (or proof of Varicella disease “chicken pox”) Vaccine
In addition, the following immunizations are also required for 7th through 9th grade upon entry of 2014-15 school year:
2 doses of MMR Vaccine
2 doses of Varicella Vaccine
1 dose of Tdap Vaccine
The following immunization is recommended:
1 dose of Meningococcal
As stated, those students who do not adhere to the immunizations and do not have documentation opting out of immunizations will not be able to attend CCSC.
IV. Health Office Contact
Rahimah Ahmad, School Nurse
617-354-0047 ext. 209