School Nurse

Marsha H. Gibbons, School Nurse ~ 781-979-2190 (prompt #2) or email [email protected]

11/6/17 Head Lice Myths and Facts:  There has been a lot of talk these days about head lice; some of it accurate most of it not.  Like many public school districts, Melrose has taken the recommendations from the Department of Public Health on this topic.  Please visit Nurse Gibbon’s page to clarify questions or concerns you may have about head lice:

A Few Reminders for Parents

To all parents/guardians: Please fill out the Confidential Student Health and Emergency Form and send in to school nurse.  This form may be found at the Melrose School website and must be filled out every school year.

To all Kindergarten parents:  A copy of a current doctor’s physical and required immunizations with a lead screening test are now due on ALL KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS.  Please forward to the school nurse, if you have not already done so.

To all Grade 3 parents/guardians: A copy of a doctor’s physical is recommended for your child’s health record by December.

Please remember to call the Save a Child Line (781-979-2190 option 1) when your child is absent. It is most important to leave a detailed message, noting why your child is absent and if they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Our school policy states that students will not return to school until they are fever, vomiting or diarrhea free for 24 hours. If their doctor ordered an antibiotic for infections, they must have taken it for 24 hours before returning to school. Any contagious infection such as strep throat, conjunctivitis, or flu should be reported to the school nurse.

If your child needs to receive any medications, including students who need inhalers or epi pens available, during school hours, call school nurse (781-979-2190 – press #2) for consent forms or instructions.

If your child has any orthopedic conditions such as a fracture or a sprain, please send in a doctor’s note stating their activity limitations, such as no recess or physical education.

It is still important to have your family immunized against the flu yearly.  Please see the Flu Guide for Parents.

Vision and hearing screenings are done every year for all students in the elementary schools.  Kindergarten will be the first group to be screened in October.  Grades 1-5 will be screened in the Spring.

As in the past school year, we will be measuring height and weight of all first and fourth graders.    These screenings are State Mandated, however, you may excuse your child from this screening with a note to your school nurse.

Grade 5 receives a scoliosis screening (with parental permission), and a growing up program in the spring.

Encourage your children to play safe, remembering to wear sneakers for gym and recess, and dress appropriately for weather conditions.