Welcome to W-H Health Services
Mrs. Patricia Bradley, RN, BSN, M.ED. SMC-C.
Mrs. Judy Plante, Clinic Aide
Informational letter for incoming freshmen
The Health Office at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School is staffed by a full-time Registered Nurse and a part-time Clinic Aide. The school nurse teaches individual students, parents and staff about health and wellness issues and strives to promote an understanding of student health needs.
School nurses are essential members of the educational team, responsible for promoting, protecting and improving the health status of all students. The school nurse coordinates services between home, school and community. The school nurse assists in maximizing each child’s potential to learn and grow by providing the best possible health care.
Health care provided includes:
- identifying health problems;
- preventative health measures;
- maintaining and promoting health and learning;
- promoting healthy lifestyles in students, families and staff;
- acute and emergency care;
- health counseling;
- mandated screenings;
- immunization monitoring and adherence to state regulations;
- medication administration and evaluation;
- comprehensive and appropriate health education to students, parents and staff;
- skilled nursing care and management of children with special health care needs;
- individual health care planning;
- school nurse and parent conferences;
- health input to special education meetings;
- review and interpretation of medical and health records.
Entry Requirements at the High School:
All new students are required to have medical documentation of a current physical (within 12 months) with up to date immunizations prior to starting school. Immunization requirements for grades 9-12 include:
All ninth grade students are required to have a current physical on file. In the school year 2009-2010, any physical done since January 1, 2009 will meet this requirement. Immunizations need to be up to date for students to remain in school.
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B;
- 4 doses of DTaP/DTP or > 3 doses of TD plus one Td booster;
- 2 doses of measles, 1 mumps, and 1 rubella;
- varicella vaccine if <13 years = 1 dose, or > 13years = 2 doses or documentation of immunity through disease.
Annual Screenings at the High School:
- Vision and Hearing for Grade 10 students
- Height and Weight for Grade 10 students
- Postural Screening for Grade 9 students
Any student who wants to participate in a sport Must have a current physical on file in the nurse’s office PRIOR to participation. According to MIAA rules, a physical is valid for 13 months prior to the start of your sport season. Please be sure to provide one to the nurse to ensure your eligibility. Guidelines for keeping an ill student home
An ill student cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping an ill student home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the student an opportunity to rest and recover.
Diarrhea/vomiting: A student with diarrhea and or vomiting should stay home and return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours.
Fever: A student should remain home if they have a fever greater than 100 degrees. The student can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours.
Rashes: Any suspicious rash or rash of unknown origin should be checked by your health care provider. Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in their early stages so a student should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the student’s return to school.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): A student with red eye(s) AND WHITE, GREEN OR YELLOW DISCHARGE must be excluded from school until seen by a health care provider. If there is a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the student is given an antibiotic. The student may then return to school after being on the antibiotic for 24 hours.
Strep Throat: After a diagnosis of Strep Throat, a student may return to school after being on antibiotics for 24 hours.
Head Lice: After a confirmed case of head lice, the student may return to school the day after being treated with a medicated product. The student should report to the school nurse prior to attending classes to be checked.
Any student who has been absent for five (5) consecutive days must present a doctor’s note to the school nurse stating he/she is in good health and is able to return to school before returning to classes.
Injury or illness to a student during school hours: A student who becomes ill or injured during the school day should come to the nurse’s office if possible, or have the nurse notified to come to them in their classroom. Immediate first aide or health care will be given by a registered nurse and or the clinic aide when appropriate. Every effort will be made to notify the student’s parent or guardian when a child is assessed as sick and needs to go home. Other persons listed by parent/guardian will be contacted if unable to reach parent/guardian. If a student requires transport via ambulance, arrangements will be made by the school nurse or designee, and all pertinent information will be relayed to parent/guardian as soon as possible.
Attendance Policy: The WHRHS attendance policy states that if a student is absent more than 7 times from a class during a trimester he/she will loose credits from that class. The goal of Health Services is to assist in providing the fullest possible educational opportunity for each student by minimizing absences due to illness and by creating a climate of health and well-being in the School. (See School Handbook for further detail on attendance.)