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This page is designed to share current health information, particularly as it relates to school-age children. Our practice focuses on how parents, the community and school health services work together to ensure that all children maintain an optimal state of health so they can fully benefit from the classroom experience. Ensuring each child's health provides a safe and healthy environment for all children.

Yarmouth School Department Nurses

Stacey Hang, RN, Yarmouth High School - 207-846-5535

Kristina Truesdale, RN, Harrison Middle School - 207-846-2499

Alison Thomson, RN, Yarmouth Elementary School - 207-846-3391

Jill Webber, RN, William H. Rowe School - 207-846-3771

School Health Services and Your Child

The Yarmouth School Department provides the following health services to promote student wellness and reduce health barriers that may influence a student's educational program:

Implementation of health plans for students with specific health needs. If your child has a specific health concern, you are encouraged to contact the school nurse. A plan will be developed for your child to receive the appropriate care with the least possible disruption to the educational program.

Collaboration with parents, school staff and community health agencies.

Health assessments, including health and developmental history, physical exams, vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings.

Monitoring and evaluation of communicable diseases and nuisance conditions.

Implementation of state health and immunization laws.

The Yarmouth school nurses are always available to answer questions and address parents' concerns. 

School Emergencies

It is very important for the administration and school nurses to have available a variety of emergency contact information in the event that your child should experience an emergency at school. A hospital preference and a physician's contact number should be available for such emergency situations. All emergency contact people and telephone numbers (work, cells and beepers) should be updated periodically and available for a quick response. If your child has a life threatening allergy and needs emergency medication at school, please refer to medication policy/procedures. Particular questions related to school emergencies should be directed to the nurse based at your child's building.

Health Screening

Hearing and vision screening:

Yarmouth students are screened for hearing problems in grades: K, 1, 3 and 5. They are screened for visual acuity in grades K,1,3,5,7 &9. Additional screening is offered to students who self-refer, or are referred by a teacher or parent/guardian. Parents will be notified only if screening results do not meet the following criteria:

  • Visual acuity for each eye must be 20/30 or better both near and far. Preschool and Kindergarten must see at least 20/40. Muscle balance is also evaluated.
  • An audiogram which indicates that a child is hearing at 25db at tested frequencies.

Physical Exams:

The Yarmouth School Department offers physical exams, on an annual basis, to students in Grades 1,3 & grades 5 through12. These exams are delivered by medical students from the University of New England, under the supervision of our school physician, Dr. James Donohue. These exams can be used to meet the requirement for students participating in interscholastic sports.

What does a referral mean? 

If you receive a referral form after any school screening, it simply means that the screening detected a possible problem and further evaluation is recommended. The form is to be completed by your private physician or eye doctor and returned to the school nurse (Many forms can be FAXED right from the doctor's office to the school). As always, if you have any questions, contact your child's school nurse.

Illness

Is my child too ill to attend school?

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines below may be helpful. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your healthcare provider for specific medical advice. In general, consider keeping your child at home if s/he displays:

  • an actively runny nose (greenish yellow mucus)
  • a persistent, uncontrolled cough
  • a rash of unknown origin
  • an elevated temperature (100 degrees or higher)
  • an untreated earache
  • vomiting/frequent diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • itching, reddened, weepy eyes

Please Note: If your child has a contagious bacterial infection such as strep throat, pneumonia, staphylococcus skin infections and/or conjunctivitis, it is highly recommended that he/she stay home from school for 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotic medication (at least three doses). Information on infectious childhood diseases is available through the National Center For Infectious Diseases at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/disease/children/disease.htm

Illness Notification:

Please make every effort to contact the school as soon as possible when you have decided to keep your child home from school. When calling to report your child absent, it is very important for the school to know what type of illness your child is experiencing. This information helps the school nurses with monitoring cases of chickenpox, strep throat, pneumonia, fifth's disease, head lice, skin rashes, etc.

William H. Rowe School 207-846-3771

Yarmouth Elementary School 207-846-3391

Harrison Middle School 207-846-2499

Yarmouth High School 207-846-5535

Immunizations

Immunization Requirements:

Maine School Immunization Laws require that all students produce an acceptable record/certificate of immunization or written evidence of medical, religious, philosophical or personal exemption to immunization, updated annually. (To download the Immunization Exemption Form, click here: Immunization Exemption Form.) The immunization dosage requirements are as follows:

  • 5 Doses of any DPT (diptheria, tetanus, pertusis) containing vaccine, or 4 if the fourth dose is given on or after the 4th birthday.
  • 4 Doses of OPV, IPV (Polio), or 3 if the third dose is given on or after the 4th birthday.
  • 2 Doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), #1 after 1 year of age, #2 at least one month after #1.
  • 1 Dose of Varicella (chickenpox)(required K-11 for 2006-07 and K-12 for 2007-08) for those under age 13, 2 doses given 4-8 weeks apart for age 13+, or documentation by a health care provider that the student has had the disease, or has an immune blood test.

Contact your health care provider or school nurse for more information.

(For additional information about vaccines and vaccine safety contact the Immune Action Coalition at:  http://www.immunize.org)

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