School nurses collaborate with Dr. Joan Eagan and Dr. James Sheehy, school physicians, and the Westford Board of Health to provide confidential and prompt first aid, illness assessment, nursing care, referrals and health teaching.
NOTE: For your privacy protection, Westford Public Schools will not disclose health information to outside sources, including School Bus Transportation; therefore it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform Dee Bus Service of any serious medical condition, such as life-threatening allergy, asthma, diabetes or seizures. Dee Bus can be reached at 978-392-8639.
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- According to WPS Policy 5503, the school nurse is the only person allowed to administer medication to students in the Westford Public Schools. For field trips/short term events, the school nurse may delegate the administration of medication to unlicensed personnel.
- If medication is to be given at school, it must be in the pharmacy bottle with the prescription label attached.
- The parent/legal guardian must complete the Medication Administration Orders and Consent Form (available on the WPS website or at the school nurse office.) Alternately, the parent/legal guardian may send written authorization to the nurse which contains: the parent/legal guardianís printed name, signature and emergency phone number; list of medications the student is currently receiving; approval to have the school nurse administer the medication and names of persons to be notified in case of a medication emergency.
- The licensed prescriber must complete the Medication Administration Orders and Consent Form (available on the WPS website or at the school nurseís office) or send to the school nurse a medication order which contains: the studentís name; name and signature of the licensed prescriber including telephone number; name of medication; the route and dosage of medication; the frequency and time of medication administration; date of the order and discontinuation date; diagnosis and other medical condition (s) and specific directions for administration. If appropriate, please have the licensed prescriber also provide the following information: any special side effects, contraindication and/or adverse reactions to be observed; any other medications being taken by the student and the date of the next scheduled visit to the physician, if known.
- Medications are kept in the Nurses Clinic.
- A Medication Administration Plan should be developed with the nurse, including plans for class trips.
- If your child takes regular medication outside of school, it is suggested you contact the school nurse.
- If your child has an allergy requiring an EpiPen, please contact the nurse to develop an Emergency Health Care Plan.
- Please telephone or meet with the nurse regarding special medication situations: a studentís self-administration of medications; short-term medications; over the counter medications and investigational new drugs.
- Parents/legal guardians should retrieve medications at the end of the school year or they will be properly disposed.
- Student should NOT touch the medication
- Student will immediately notify a school administrator and school nurse
- Custodian will retrieve medication and deliver it to the school nurse
- School nurse will interview and check the student who found the medication for any signs of skin contact or ingestion
- School nurse will notify the parents/guardians of the child
- School administrator may contact the Westford Police Department
- School administrator may notify all parents/guardians of students via email and/or memo sent home with students
- Temperature over 100.4 F (oral temperature)
- Disruptive cough or cough with fever
- Severe abdominal pain or headache
- Suspected communicable disease
- Suspected pediculosis (head lice)
- Suspected fractures or any severe or disabling injury
- Questionable need for sutures
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Head injury
- Antibiotic therapy started less than 24 hours before returning to school
- Immunizations which are not up to date