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School Nurse & Wellness Center

School Nurse:  Kristine Vitola, RN
email: kvitola@derbyps.org
phone: 203-736-1426

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Derby Middle School is staffed with a registered nurse during normal school hours. Records are maintained concerning student physical examinations, accidents, and visits to the nurse's office.

The school nurse provides health supervision and instruction and takes appropriate action in case of student illness and accidents occurring during the school day. The nurse should be informed of any health problems, such as handicaps, allergies, chronic diseases, medications, etc.

Physicals must be done prior to entering school, then again prior to grade 6 or 7 with updated proof of immunization.  Physicals must be on the State of Connecticut blue form which is available in the Nurse's office or may be downloaded from this website.

Students wishing to participate in sports must have a sports physical on file for the current calendar year, and complete a sports packet to be eligible to participate. 

DHS makes free sports physicals available to those who wish to use the service for convenience or for those whose insurance would not cover a sports physical at this time. Free physicals occur twice each year.  Please see Nurse Kristine at DMS or Nurse Carloni at Derby High School for more information.

ATTENTION PARENTS

Please note that the nurse DOES NOT carry allergy medicine or any form of cold medicine. If your child needs daily allergy medicine or has symptoms of a cold, those medications must be taken at home (unless a prior arrangement has been made with the nurse). Please remind your child to take their allergy medicine EVERY DAY DURING ALLERGY SEASONS.

ANY MEDICATIONS THAT NEED TO BE STORED AT OR TAKEN AT SCHOOL MUST ALSO HAVE A SIGNED MD ORDER FORM. That form can be downloaded from this website or you can call or email my office.

INHALERS: if your child has asthma and needs to use an inhaler at school, signed permission from the MD and a parent must be on file with the nurse. DMS Students can carry their own inhaler IF allowed, in writing, by MD and parent. Please contact the nurse with questions or for forms. 

EPIPENS: if your child requires an Epipen for anaphylactic allergies, signed permission from the MD as well as parent, authorizing use, must be on file with the nurse. Students are allowed to carry their Epipen IF they have signed authorization to do so, documenting that they have been trained on its proper use. This must be signed by parent and MD.

BLANK MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION FORMS CAN BE PICKED UP IN THE DMS NURSE'S OFFICE OR DOWNLOADED FROM THIS WEBSITE.

 

Communicable Disease Policy

The following link contains the district policy regarding communicable disease for the protection of the health of your child as well as all other children in school:

5141.22 Appendix

DISEASE

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL POLICY

Chicken Pox

6 days or until all lesions are crusted

Common Cold

No exclusion if afebrile (99.9 degrees or lower) without the use of temperature lowering medication

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Has received appropriate medically prescribed treatment (antibiotic eye drops) for 24-48 hours and has permission from the physician to return to school

Coxsackievirus (Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease)

A full 24 hours after the child is afebrile (99.9 degrees or lower) without the use of temperature lowering medication 

Diarrhea and/or Vomiting

A full 24 hours without symptoms

Elevated Temperature

(100.0 degrees or over)

A full 24 hours after the child is afebrile (99.9 degrees or lower) without the use of temperature lowering medication

Fifth Disease

Excluding children from school is not recommended as a public health measure unless a fever is present

German Measles (Rubella)

7 days after onset of rash

Hepatitis

Has physician's permission to return to school

Impetigo

Has received appropriate medically prescribed treatment (antibiotics-oral and/or topical cream) for 24 hours and has permission from physician to return to school. All lesions must be covered

Infectious Mononucleosis

No set time - only while illness lasts, has permission from physician to return to school

Influenza

A full 24 hours after the child is afebrile (99.9 degrees or lower) without the use of temperature lowering medication

Measles

5 days after appearance of rash

Meningitis

No set time - only while illness lasts, has permission from physician to return to school

Mumps

Until swelling has subsided or not less than 9 days after onset of parotid swelling

Pediculosis (Head Lice)

Until hair is clear - no appearance of head lice or nits and has used prescribed shampoo or over-the-counter treatment, especially for treatment of head lice. See pediculosis regulation R5141.221

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

5 days after appropriate medically prescribed treatment (antibiotics) started or 21 days if not treated

Ringworm of Body

None, if under proper treatment, has permission from physician to return to school and lesions must be properly covered

Ringworm of Scalp

None, if  under proper treatment, has permission from physician to return to school

Scabies

Has received appropriate medically prescribed treatment (antibiotics) for 24 hours and has permission from physician to return to school

Strep Throat & Scarlet Fever, Streptococcal Infection

Has received appropriate medically prescribed treatment (antibiotics) for 24 hours, and a full 24 hours after the child is afebrile (99.9 degrees or lower) without the use of temperature lowering medication, and has permission from physician to return to school


 

Also, if you expect your child to be absent from school, please notify the attendance coordinator or school nurse by phone, email, or send in a note stating the cause.

 

 

 

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