The mission of the Nursing Services Department is to promote, protect, advocate and improve the health status of all students, thus enabling each student to develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally.


Healthy Students Are Better Learners

Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Research has shown that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive effect on academic performance.

As a team the guidance, health and wellness and nursing departments work closely to develop and provide educational programs, resources, supports and evidence based healthcare services.

Student Health Records

An individual health record is kept on file for each student throughout his or her school career. This record includes a health history, immunizations, and physical exams, screening results, health office visits and medication administration logs. Parents are asked to communicate directly with the school nurse about student health concerns, medical reports and/or issues. Student health records are strictly confidential and information will only be shared with other staff members with the expressed permission of the parents.

Individual Health Care Plans

When a student has a specialized medical need or diagnosis which must be assessed, managed, and monitored during school, such as asthma, a life threatening allergy, or diabetes, the nurse in collaboration with the parent will make an IHCP. This plan is based on the student’s individual need, medical history, and physician’s order. The IHCP is then reviewed, signed by the nurse, parent and physician (when necessary) and then shared with appropriate staff to ensure optimal integration of the student’s health needs into the school setting. In some instances, an emergency medical plan is also developed to expedite identification and treatment of a student with a life-threatening diagnosis.

When to Keep Your Child Home From School


Medication Policy

Braintree Public Schools policy requires that a parent/guardian and a licensed provider (either a physician or nurse practitioner) sign consent for medications (including inhalers) to be given by the nurse during school hours.