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Contact Info
AES Nurse Phone: 508-998-0257
AES Nurse Fax: 774-328-8685

FMS Nurse Phone: 508-998-0267
FMS Nurse Fax: 774-328-8772
Illness
Please do not send your child to school when symptoms of illness are present. In order to provide the healthiest school environment possible, according to guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, no child will be allowed to remain in school if any of the following conditions are present: temperature above 100 degrees, persistent cough or undiagnosed skin rash. To call your child in sick, please call 508-998-0257 or 508-998-0255 at the Acushnet Elementary School and 508-998-0265 at the Ford Middle School. If you are aware that your child is not going to attend school, you may call at any time the previous evening or that morning, as the phones are connected to voice mail and they can record your message. If we do not receive a phone call from you regarding your child being absent, we will do our best to call you to check on your child. Children should be fever free without medication and symptom free (vomiting, diarrhea) for 24 hours before returning to school.
Emergencies
If a child becomes ill at school, the nurse or principal's office will call the parent to make arrangements to take the child home. Injuries at school, if they are severe, will be handled by having an ambulance take the child to his or her to the emergency room. Parents will be notified immediately if an ambulance is called. Parents are required to complete the student health and emergency information from year to year. Parents are responsible for the school having a number to call if they cannot be reached, and the name of a person who can be responsible for their child if he or she becomes ill at school. Parents should notify the school if this emergency information changes so that the information is up to date.
Please notify the School Nurse (yearly) of any medical condition which may precipitate an emergency situation with your child (e.g. allergic reactions to food, insect bites or medications; asthma; diabetes; seizures). The School Nurse will work with you in developing a care plan to meet your child’s health needs. In addition, parents are asked to notify their child's school immediately in the event of a contagious disease, so that the school nurse and staff can take the necessary steps to protect the health of the other children.
Immunizations & Physical Examinations
Parents should make sure they provide a certified record of up to date immunizations from your child’s physician. School Immunization Law, Chapter 76, Section 15 of the Massachusetts General Laws of the State of Massachusetts requires that all immunizations must be up to date for children to attend school according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. Massachusetts General Law allows for the school district to exclude children from school whose immunizations are not up to date.

Every student will be required to have a general physical examination upon entering school and upon admittance to the fourth and seventh grades, and if he/she is a candidate for a school athletic team/club.
Screenings
Vision & Hearing- K-8
Postural Screening- Grades 5-8
Heights & Weights- K-8
All children in grades 1,4, and 7 will have their Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated.

A parent may choose not to have their child’s posture screening and/or BMI done at school. The school nurse must receive written documentation signed by the physician indicating that the child’s posture and/or BMI are monitored by their physician.
Medications
The Acushnet Public School Policy follows state regulations regarding the administration of medications to students. Children are not to carry medications to school. An adult must bring in the medications to the school. For medications to be administered by the school nurse the medication must be in the original bottle with a pharmacy label stating the dose and time the medication is to be administered. A Medication Order Form completed by the ordering physician, and an Authorization for Dispensing Medication Form completed by the child’s parent/guardian is also required. Parents/guardians may retrieve medications from the school at any time. All unused, discontinued or outdated medications shall be returned to the parent/guardian. All unused medications are to be picked up by the parent/guardian at the end of the school year, or they will be discarded.