North Adams Public Schools

Welcome

Welcome to the Health Services department of North Adams Public Schools. The role of the school nurse is to work together with the public health department, education department, primary care physicians, students and their families to provide an enriched learning environment that considers the physical, social, and emotional needs of each child. Our primary goal is to keep students in school and ready to learn. Our staff is comprised of caring and knowledgeable health care professionals who are dedicated to providing care, promoting health, and maintaining the safety of each student. I encourage students, parents, and caregivers to get to know the nurse in their school. Our hope is to provide a feeling of comfort while your children are in our care. Please feel free to come to any of us with any questions or concerns. We are here for your children!

 

"A child must be healthy to learn and a child must learn to be healthy." -Massachusetts Department of Public Health

 

Required Physical Exams

 

In accordance with Massachusetts General Law 105CMR 200.00 Section 100 every child registered in Massachusetts public schools must be carefully examined by a physician at intervals of three or four years. As agreed upon by the school board and in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a physical exam is required for all Kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, and 9th graders enrolled in North Adams Public Schools. Please submit documentation from your health care provider to your school nurse in a timely manner to avoid excluding children from school.

 

All newly enrolled students must submit a physical exam dated from  one year prior entrance to public school or within 30 days of school entry.

 
Students in competitive school athletics must provide annual physical exams prior sport participation.

 

Immunization Requirements for Entry to ALL Massachusetts Public Schools

“No child shall, except as hereinafter provided, be admitted to school except upon presentation of a physician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles and polio and such other communicable disease as may be specified from time to time by the Department of Public Health. “M.G.L. c. 76, & 15;105 CMR 200.000 section 15

* All K-12 students must provide documentation of student's immunization prior admittance.


5 doses DTP/DTaP ( Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
4 doses IPV/OPV (Polio)
3 doses Hepatitis
2 doses MMR ( Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
2 doses Varicella (or a Health Provider's documentation of month and year of disease)

* Date of Lead testing

 

Pre K students must provide documentation of a physical exam within the past 12 months, as well as:

 

4 doses DTP/DTaP ( Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
3 doses IPV/OPV (Polio)
3 doses Hepatitis
1 doses MMR ( Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
1 doses Varicella (or a Health Provider's documentation of month and year of disease)

* Date of lead testing

Students going into 7th grade -12th need one dose Tdap booster.
Medical and religious exemptions must be submitted in writing by either a physician, or a member of the clergy.

 

School Screenings

Screenings are conducted by North Adams Public Schools annually in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulation.

Hearing: Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 10

Scoliosis: Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Height/Weight/BMI Screening: Grades 1, 4, 7, 10

Vision with Stereopsis: Grades * 1, 2, 3 Vision acuity 4, 5, 7, 10


Ki
ndergarten: Upon entering kindergarten or within 30 days of the start of school, the guardian shall present to school, Health Care Provider documentation within the previous 12 months that the child has passed a vision screening.

 

A parent may send a written request to exclude student from participating in school screenings.