School Nurses are available by phone or email during the school day for any questions or concerns about student’s health. And, if during the school year, changes occur to your child’s health status, please update your school nurse.
If your child requires medication during the school day, there are special forms that must be filled out by a physician and signed by the parent to allow the administration of the medication by school personnel. The forms are available from the school nurse or on the Region website.
No medication can be taken or given in school without a physician’s written order and parent’s signature. Students may not transport medication to/from school. Students may not carry medication in school and this includes things like cough drops, Chapstick, Tylenol, inhalers, and EpiPens. Medications must be delivered by an adult and will be stored in the Health Office in locked cabinets. All medication must be in the original container. Prescription medication must be labeled by a pharmacist.
If a physician approves self-administration by a student, an adult must first bring the medication to the School Nurse with all necessary paperwork. The School Nurse is the final sign-off on the order for the student to carry the medication to/from/in school.
At the high school and middle school only, students with a completed self-carry order for a non-controlled medication, may bring it to the School Nurse who will keep the completed paperwork and sign-off to allow the student to carry the medication.
Students entering school for the first time need a complete health assessment (that is not more than one year old) and list of up-to-date immunizations. In addition, students beginning 7th and 10th grades require a new physical and immunization boosters. Students who have not fulfilled these requirements will not be allowed to begin school without the completion and submittal of the health assessment form and immunizations. Please make sure your health care provider fills out all required fields as indicated by an asterisk (*).
The form required for kindergarten, 6th and 10th grades is the Health Assessment Record K-12 (HAR-3 REV. 7/2018)."
The form required for pre-school is the Health Assessment Record Birth –5 (ED 191 REV 3/2015).
Students entering school from another state must have proof of a physical within the past year. If the physical is from out-of-state, an up-to-date physical from a CT health care provider must be provided within one year of the student entering Region 16.Medication orders will not be accepted from an out-of-state health care provider.
Students entering school from outside the country must have proof of immunization and a recent physical as well as a tuberculosis test if certain risk factors are present.
Prior to participating in any interscholastic competition, a student athlete must produce evidence of having a successful physical examination within the past year, including try-outs. At certain times, the Region will hold free sports physicals for Region 16 athletes with the Region 16 Medical Director. These physicals are generally held in June and August. Dates are announced on the Region 16 website and on Schoology.
During the year, School Nurses will perform State mandated screenings including:
Vision: Grades Kindergarten, One, Three, Four, Five, Six and Nine .
Hearing (Audiometric): Grades Kindergarten, One, Three, Four, Five, and Eight.
Postural (Scoliosis): Females in Grades Five and Nine… Males in Grade Eight.
Maturation & Hygiene: Fifth Grade classes are presented with a gender-specific presentation during their regular physical education class.