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The Nursing Department in collaboration with the Braintree Board of Health will be offering free Influenza (Flu) vaccinations to students in grades 6-12. The South Middle School vaccination clinic will be held during school on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 beginning at approximately 9:30a.m. Only students with written parental permission will be allowed to receive the vaccine. Please complete the consent form and have your child return it their homeroom teacher by Friday, October 18, 2013. Consent forms may be downloaded by clicking on the Flu Vaccine Informtion in the "Links" section on the right of this page. If you have any questions please contact Laurie Melchionda RN or Ellen Wright RN at 781-380-0160.
South Middle School Nurse
Laurie Melchionda, RN, BSN, MED
Phone : 781-380-0160
The school nurse teaches individual students, parents and staff about health and wellness issues and strives to promote an understanding of student health needs. At the elementary level, school nurses do formal classroom teaching on hand washing, dental health, hygiene, growth and development and Second Step a violence prevention program. At the secondary level, the school nurse works in collaboration with the health teacher to provide information and assist in presentations based on the needs of the student population
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.
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 (Forms)
Physical examinations by the student's own physician are required upon entering Preschool, Kindergarten, and grades 4, 7 and 11.
MANDATED SCREENINGSHearing Preschool, Grade 7
Vision Preschool, Grade 7
Height, Weight & BMI, Grade 7
Postural (scoliosis) Grades 6, 7 and 8
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.
The school nurses welcome you to the 2013 – 2014 school year and hope the following information is helpful. BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS · 1. Choose Right - choosing the right size backpack is the most important step to safe backpack use. · 2. Pack Right - the maximum weight of the loaded backpack should not exceed 15% of your body weight, so pack only what is needed. Tip: if the backpack forces the wearer to move forward to carry, it’s overloaded. · 3. Lift Right - Face the pack, bend at the knees, use both hands and check the weight of the pack. Lift with the legs; apply one shoulder strap, and then the other. Tip: Don’t sling the backpack onto one shoulder. · 4. Wear Right - Use both shoulder straps, snug but not too tight. Tip: When the backpack has a waist strap use it.
SCHOOL NURSING COORDINATOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Paula Dowd, RN: 781-848-4000 ext 2224, TTY number: 781-843-6973, Fax number: 781-843-7058
Mary Flaherty School Judy Sellon, RN: 781-380-0153, Fax number: 781-380-3349
INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL/FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN Margaret Ciulla, RN: 781-848-4000 ext 2209
HIGH SCHOOL & FCS PRESCHOOL LAB Rosemary Donoghue, RN: 781-848-4000 ext 2256/2286 and Frances Barron, RN: Fax number: 781-843-6921
Hollis SchoolJane Bagley, RN: 781-380-0149Fax number: 781-380-3821
Highlands School: Karen Hubbard, RN: 781-380-0193Fax number: 781-843-7058 Fax number: 781-380-3528
Liberty School Joanne Kelly, RN: 781-380-0210Fax number: 781-848-3790
East Middle: Virginia Palmieri, RN: 781-380-0170 and Mary Ann O’Rourke, RN: Fax number: 781-848-4522
Morrison School South Middle Cheryl Campbell, RN: 781-380-0230, Fax number: 781-849-0192Fax
South Middle: Laurie Melchionda, RN: 781-380-0160 Fax number: 781-380-0164
Donald Ross School Heidi Olson, RN: 781-356-5308Fax number: 781-843-7606.