The school nurse is available in each school to assist in promoting good health and in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for staff and students.
Please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse with any health concerns or questions you may have.
Health Office Contact Information
Chickering Elementary Health Office - Katherine Pollender (508)785-0480
Pine Hill Elementary Health Office - Aimee Versaw (508)655-1730
Dover Sherborn Middle School - Margaret Parsons (508)785-8149
Dover Sherborn High School - Janet Chandler (508)785-1730
Lead Nurse- Meaghan Smith
School Physician - Dr. Richard Garber
The Nurses of the Dover Sherborn Public Schools are proud to adopt the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing, as outlined by NASN (National Association of School Nurses).
NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice (the Framework) provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice. It is aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model that calls for a collaborative approach to learning and health (ASCD & CDC, 2014). Central to the Framework is student-centered nursing care that occurs within the context of the students’ family and school community. Surrounding the students, family, and school community are the non-hierarchical, overlapping key principles of Care Coordination, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Community/Public Health. These principles are surrounded by the fifth principle, Standards of Practice, which is foundational for evidence-based, clinically competent, quality care. School nurses daily use the skills outlined in the practice components of each principle to help students be healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
Note: Images and supporting text are being used with permission granted by NASN.
- All students requiring medications during the school day must have a current physician's order on file in the health office that includes:
- Student Name
- Medication name, dose and frequency
- Reason for medication (diagnosis)
- A pharmacy-labeled container can be used in lieu of a physician’s order only in cases of short term meds (i.e. medications given for 10 or less days)
- A new physician order is required at the beginning of every school year and is good for 1 school year.
- Only a 30 day supply of medication is accepted
- Medications should not be sent in students backpacks, they should be dropped off at the health office by an adult.
- All medications, including epipens and inhalers, must be in a pharmacy labeled container/box.
- Over the counter medications other than those listed in the emergency health form must have a doctor's order and be brought to the health office in the original store bought container by an adult.
- Students are not allowed to keep or carry medications of any kind on their person or in a backpack, desk, locker, etc. If you wish for your student to self carry an epipen or inhaler please reach out to the nurse for further discussion, we will assess this on a case by case basis at the elementary school level.
- If medication needs to be administered during a school sponsored activity, such as a field trip, the school nurse must be contacted in advance in order to make special arrangements prior to the outing
- At the end of the year, all medications need to be picked up by a parent or guardian.
Physical Exam and Immunization Requirements
In compliance with regulations from Massachusetts Department of Public Health, students entering the Dover Sherborn Public School will need a physical exam which includes a vision screening, TB risk assessment and immunization record.
A physical examination is needed
-1 year prior or 30 days after entry to Dover Sherborn Public School
-Entering grade Preschool, Kindergarten, 4th grade, 7th grade and 10th grade
-Annually prior to participating in school sponsored athletics
If a student is diagnosed with a communicable disease such as COVID-19, mono, strep throat, chicken pox or conjunctivitis, contact the school nurse. This information is vital to help protect the students and staff who may be medically at risk from exposure to these diseases. Students need to stay home until they are no longer contagious. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Health Office.
- Emergency Health Verification/health history form (this form also allows the health office permission to transport and give OTC medications during school)
- Asthma Action Plan
- Food Allergy Action Plan
- Seizure Action Plan
- Medication Authorization/Order Form
- Religious Exemption Form
- Allergy Emergency Care Plan
Notify the school nurse and follow the current MA Department of Public Health guidelines for isolation.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
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