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Health Services


Mrs. Dunnack, Nurse
Phone: 860-742-4558
Fax: 860-742-4593

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Authorization Form for Administration of Medication

Medication Regulations for Sports and Extracurricular Activities


Vaccinations Information (English / Spanish)

Health Guidelines

In the interest of your child’s health and the health of others please cooperate in observing the following:

If your child must be absent from school please call the nurse at 742-4558 with the reason for the absence before 9:30 a.m. each day.

Report all contagious diseases to the nurse.

If your child has a fever, please keep him/her home until they are temperature free (without "Tylenol" or "Motrin") for 24 hours.

If your child has vomiting or is experiencing diarrhea, please keep him/her home until they are symptom free and able to tolerate a regular diet for 24 hours.

Children diagnosed with strep throat or conjunctivitis (pink eye) should stay home until they have been on a doctor-prescribed antibiotic for 24 hours.

Students with undiagnosed skin rashes (other than poison ivy) should visit their physician for diagnosis and treatment.

A parent's or doctor's note should be provided for any exclusion from physical education. Please keep in mind students with casts, splints, or sutures are not allowed to participate in gym class or on playground equipment. Head lice can be an occasional problem in schools. Please check your child’s head periodically at home and notify the school nurse if head lice or nits are found.

Children with special health needs should be brought to the attention of the school nurse. This information is kept confidential and can be very important to a successful experience in school. Examples of such needs are as follows:

  • ALLERGIES, especially those that could be life-threatening such as a SEVERE FOOD ALLERGY or BEE STING ALLERGY
  • Conditions that may affect your child’s health/safety such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, heart disease, etc.
  • Vision, hearing, or speech difficulties
  • Please keep the school nurse updated regarding changes in your child's health or medical care.
Medication in School

Under Connecticut State Statutes (sec. 10-212 A & B) Connecticut State Department of Education and Health students are not allowed to take medication at school without a written note from a physician and parent/guardian. Students may not carry medication of any kind at school, nor are they allowed to take medication without supervision.

Every effort should be made to administer medication at home, as it represents a disruption in the student’s school day. If your physician feels that medication is necessary during the school day, please submit a completed Medication Authorization Form, which is available in the Health Office before medication is brought to school.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS INCLUDES ALL TYPES OF MEDICATION - PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AS WELL AS OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS (The only exception is Acetaminophen.) A form must be filled out for each medication, and renewed for each school year. The medication must be brought to the nurse by the parent or guardian in the original pharmacist-labeled or commercial container.

Health Screenings

Vision and hearing are screened annually in grades K-2 per C.G.S. Sec. 10-214.These screenings are typically done early in the school year to maximize early identification and intervention.

You will receive a written referral if your child does not pass a screening and medical follow up is recommended.