Health & Wellness
Braintree Public School nurses are essential members of the educational team responsible for promoting, protecting and improving the health status of all students. The unique role of the school nurse is to provide professional health care by coordinating 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. Braintree Public School nurses have the professional education and expertise to function successfully in the complex system of education and health.
School nurses teach individual students, parents and staff about health and wellness issues and strive to promote an understanding of student health needs. At the elementary level, school nurses provide formal classroom teaching on hand washing, dental health,hygiene, and growth and development. At the middle school level, the nurses, in collaboration with the physical education staff, provide formal health education on growth and development for grade six students. At the High School, the school nurses work in collaboration with the health teacher to provide information and assist in presentations based on the needs of the student population.
BPS Nursing Services Brochure
Massachusetts now offers free or low cost health and dental insurance to all children and teens through age 18. Call your school nurse or the Children's Medical Security Plan at 1-800-531-2229 for more information.
State Mandated Physical Exams: Physical examinations by the student's own physician are required upon entering Preschool, Kindergarten, grades 4, 7 and 10 and with new student entry.
Massachusetts School Health Record- Health Care Provider’s Examination
Braintree Public School Health Forms:
--Standing order for Acetaminophen
--Standing order for Benadryl
--Standing order for Ibuprofen
--Individualized Life Threatening Allergy Emergency Action Plan
--Policy and Procedures for Management of Life Threatening Allergies
--Medication Administration Plan and Parent/Guardian Consent
--Medication Letter to Parents
--Medication Order- Physician Order form
--Certificate of Immunization
--Standing Order for Antacid tablet(s)
--Hearing: PK, K-3, 7 & 10
--Vision: PK, K-5, 7 & 10
--Height, Weight & BMI: Grades 1, 4, 7 & 10
--Postural (scoliosis): Grades 5-9
All screenings are preformed in accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regulations. Students may also be screened at any time during the year at a teacher or parent's request. If screening results indicate the need for follow-up care by a physician, parents/guardian will be notified in writing.
As you may already know, influenza (flu) activity is widespread across the United States, at high intensity in many locations. It is likely that it will peak in Massachusetts within the next few weeks.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, like the Center of Disease Control (CDC), recommends a three-pronged approach to influenza prevention and control:
- Vaccination – there is still time to get vaccinated.
- Everyday prevention: handwashing, cough etiquette, and staying home when sick.
- Treatment – antivirals like Tamiflu are most effective when started early after symptom onset.
A new CDC brochure titled “Take Three Actions to Fight the Flu” is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/general/take3.pdf
For questions and concerns about influenza, please call your school nurse, the Braintree Board of Health at 781-794-8094 or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800.
CDC also has excellent influenza resources at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm
--Flu Symptom Checklist
HeadSmart Concussion Handbook
Contact Director of Nursing Laurie Melchionda with additional questions at 781-848-4000 x7840
Fax number: 781-843-6921, TTY number: 781-843-6973
Related Link - Town of Braintree Health Division