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MEDICAL

Physical Exam Record
Each child entering preschool must also have a physical exam that is current. Because of the limits placed by some insurers, we extended the deadline for this to the end of the calendar year. After that time, we are required to exclude the child until this information is provided.

Medication Policy
The Town of Shrewsbury has a very firm policy that prohibits preschool students from carrying any medication on the school bus or in their backpacks. This policy is strictly enforced to ensure the safety of all the children. If your child needs to take medication during the school day, the following procedures must be followed:

  • All medications must be brought to school in a labeled pharmacy bottle. When the prescription is being filled, ask the pharmacist to divide the medication into tow bottles. The pharmacist will comply if you explain that one is for the school nurse. It is expected that the parent will bring this medication to the school nurse.
  • If your child's pediatrician prescribes medications to be administered on a daily basis during school hours, the doctor must fill out a Medication Consent Form. Once the form is completed the school nurse will be able to dispense the medication during school hours. Please bring the consent form with the medication to the nurse's office. Please call the nurse in advance so that she will expect you.
  • Clear and accurate information exchange between the nurse and parents regarding the times/dosage for home and school dispensation of medication is very important. This will ensure safe dispensation of the medication.

Child Health & SafetHealth & Safety Immunization Records
In accordance with the laws of the state of Massachusetts, no child will be admitted to school without proof of full immunizations. You must have this information available before the first day of school. Please note that as of 1999, all children entering Preschool must be immunized against chicken pox or be able to demonstrate proof of history of the illness from their health care provider.

Illness and attendance at school
Children who are in need of medical attention will be escorted to the school nurse. All visits to the school nurse are recorded and dated. The nurse's office contains adequate First Aid supplies, which are readily available. Good attendance at school is always encouraged; however, a sick child should stay home. The decision to keep your child at home is sometimes a difficult one. If your child has had a high temperature, has vomited or had diarrhea more than once the night before, consider giving the day off to allow him/her to recover. Children, who have a temperature over 100 degrees, have vomited or have diarrhea at school, will be dismissed. Children with strep throat or conjunctivitis (pink eye) must be an antibiotics for twenty-four (24) hours before they may return to school.

Medical Emergencies at School
In the event of a serious medical concern the student will be transported to the home, doctor, clinic, or hospital as required using the parent's automobile, an ambulance, or requested police assistance.