Nurse

Welcome to the Leicester Middle School Health Office School
Nurse-Mrs. Melissa Ledbetter, BSN RN NCSN
Health Office hours 7:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m.​

Announcement: Mrs. Ledbetter will be at the 5th and 6th grade open house on Thursday, August 22, from 5-8 pm to accept any forms, supplies and medications.


Reminder:
Updated physicals are mandated to participate in sports at Leicester Middle School and Leicester High School. Physicals are good for thirteen months per the MIAA guidelines. 
 
7th Graders
Student health records are audited when they are in the 7th grade.  Massachusetts requires the following immunizations by the beginning of grade 7:

​1 Tdap (tetnus booster)

If you haven't already done so, please send in a copy of your child's most recent physical and immunization record.

Please send in a copy of your child's annual physical as they have them. Most often this will not only include annual physical checklists but also an updated immunization record.  Providing us with this information will allow us to have the most recent information for your child's school health record.  


GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING SICK CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL
*Please call or email to notify us when your child will not be in school*

Each day many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick children at home or send them off to school? Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision:

Fever. The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100°. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever- reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).

Diarrhea/Vomiting. A child with diarrhea and /or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours, unless otherwise specified by the school nurse or licensed health care provider.

Conjunctivitis. Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.

Strep Throat: Following a diagnosis of strep throat, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed antibiotic and they are fever free.
Rashes
. Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.

Colds. Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion and cough. A continuous green discharge from the nose may be a sign of infection. Consider having the child seen by your health care provider.

A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.



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