Each school in the district has access to a registered nurse who is licensed by the Maine State Board of Nursing. School nurses provide assessment and first aid treatment for illness and injury; vision, hearing, height and weight screenings; development of care plans for students needing health and nursing interventions daily or on an emergency basis; emotional support for students in need; assisting classrooms with health education; training and overseeing school personnel who may be responsible for providing care to students. Nurses work in coordination with students, physicians, parents and teachers to decrease the impact of a student's chronic or acute illnesses on their educational experience.
Schools without on-site nurses have a school secretary who is trained in administering medication and in providing first aid. They are in phone contact with their schools' nurse who provides guidance and oversight.
Please contact your child's school about school health issues/concerns.
Each school has an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and staff trained in its use.
To receive medication in school, including over-the-counter medication, a student must have a written order for the medication from a health care provider on file in the health office. This is school board policy. All medication brought to the Health Office must be in its original container, as purchased from a store or from a pharmacy. Medications will be kept in a locked cabinet in the Health Office and administered only by the school nurse or other staff trained in medication administration.
Students are not allowed to carry or self-administer medication, even over-the-counter medicine. The only exceptions to this are inhalers for asthmatics, EpiPens for severely allergic students and diabetic supplies for students with diabetes.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS (K-12)
By state law, the following immunizations must be completed and documented for a student to attend public school. If your child will not be fully immunized, you must complete a District Exemption from Immunization Form every year.
Series of 5 Diptheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DPT/DtaP)
Series of 4 Polio (OPV/IPV)
Series of 2 Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
Single Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine (2 doses if given at age 13 or older)
or documented history of disease
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS (PreK)
TOOTH FAIRIES,INC offers preventative dental care. A registered dental hygienist is available by appointment during school hours to provide dental cleanings, fluoride, sealants and oral hygiene instruction. This service is available to students who have difficulty accessing dental care. MaineCare is accepted and payment plans are available. Contact your school's nurse or complete the form and send to your child's school.
SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER (OHCHS and OHMS)
SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER (SBHC) of Western Maine Health has a pediatric nurse practitioner, Deb Nichols, who is available 4 days a week during school hours at OHCHS and OHMS to see students with parental permission. A written consent form needs to be signed to become a member of the SBHC. The SBHC uses space in the Health Offices of the High School and Middle School. Medical care including physical exams, medical testing, treatment of acute minor illness such as strep throat and ear infections, and prescriptions are available through the SBHC. Birth control devices are not prescribed or dispensed. For more information call 744-0322.