The High School Health Office is located down the hall from the Main Office and Guidance. It is opened from 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM during regular school hours. Please feel free to call or email me with questions or concerns.
Contact Information: Janet Chandler, School Nurse
Phone: 508-785-1730 ext. 8621 (voice mail)
Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, influenza vaccination is required for all students. The vaccine must be received prior to December 31st. Please share documentation of this vaccine or notify me where and when your child received the vaccine.
Additionally, all grade 11 students are required to receive a second dose of Meningococcal vaccine. Most students received their first dose at age 11-12. The second dose must be given on or after the 16th birthday. One dose is acceptable if it is given on or after the 16th birthday. Please provide written documentation of this booster dose. More info regarding Immunization requirements can be found in the link below.
Physical Examinations: The Dover-Sherborn Public School Health Program ensures that every student be separately and carefully examined by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, as follows:
● within one year prior to entrance to school or within 30 days after school entry and at intervals of either three or four years thereafter.
● The Dover-Sherborn School Health Program has designated that these intervals be prior to kindergarten, third grade, seventh grade, and tenth grade. A student transferred from another school system shall be examined as an entering student. Health records transferred from the student's previous school may be used to determine compliance with this requirement
Screenings: The following screenings will be performed according to the Massachusetts Department of Health:
Vision: Grades 1-5, 7 and 10
Hearing: K-3, 7 and 10
BMI: Grades 1,4,7 & 10
Postural: Grades 5-9
SBIRT: Grades 7 & 9
SBIRT is an evidence-based screening to promote prevention and identify early risk for substance use in adolescents. All confidential screenings will be conducted in private one-on-one sessions by the nurse or guidance counselors.
Please refer to www.masbirt.org for further information and resources. Students with Special Medical Conditions:
Please contact the school nurse as soon as possible if your child has a special medical condition. A special medical condition may include the following: asthma, diabetes, seizures or a life-threatening allergy. In order to create a safe environment for your child, the nurse will meet with you and make an Individual Health Plan (IHP) for your child if needed. This plan will include input from the parent, the nurse and the child's health care provider.
Parents/guardians should call 508-785-1730 and press 1 for the nurse before 8 am to alert the school that their child will be either absent or tardy. You should also call if you are planning vacation days outside of the school vacation schedule. Even if you have notified teachers about your student’s absence, please make sure to also call the health office.
The school nurse is responsible for the administration of all medications. For
"over-the-counter" medications, i.e., nonprescription medications, the school nurse shall
follow protocols set by the Board of Registration in Nursing.
Over the counter medications: With parent/guardian permission (found on the
Emergency Health Information form) the school nurse can administer over-the-counter
medications (advil/tylenol, etc) as needed.
Prescription Medications: For daily or routine medications, a doctor’s order must be
on file in the Health Office before any medication is administered. Whenever possible,
medication should be scheduled at times other than during school hours. All medication
must be delivered by the parent/guardian in the original container and labeled with the
student's name. No more than a thirty (30) school day supply of the medication for a
student can be stored at the school.
Prescription medication must be in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container with
full prescription instructions on the label.
For short-term medications, i.e., those requiring administration for ten school days or
fewer, the pharmacy-labeled container may be used in lieu of a MD order.
Inhalers and EpiPens: Many high school students self carry these medications,
however it is always a good idea to have asthma/allergy action plans on file in the
health office. If you would like for me to hold an EpiPen or inhaler in the health office,
please bring one in along with an allergy or asthma action plan.
The Dover-Sherborn Middle and High School will not delegate or authorize unlicensed
personnel to administer any medication, except in the following circumstances:
1. For the purpose of administering emergency medication to a student, the
school nurse may identify individual school personnel who shall be listed on
the medication plan and receive training in the administration of emergency
medication to a specific student.
2. In the case of field trips and other short-term special school events, the
nurse may delegate medication administration to another responsible adult.
Written consent from the parent/guardian for the named responsible adult to administer the medication shall be obtained.
Any medication left over at the end of the school year must be picked up or it will be discarded. Medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.