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Spring Reminders from the Nurse Coleman

posted May 21, 2015, 9:26 AM by Tom Reeve   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 2:06 PM ]
Physical Examinations
are required By Massachusetts Law, (M.G. L. CH. 71 S. 57) for all grade 10 
students. The examination may be conducted within the school year or within 6 month before (March 1) entry to Grade 10 with the results on file by June 1st of the 10th grade year.

Class of 2017 -For students currently in Grade 10, parent/guardians have been notified of students with outstanding physicals. Please turn in your child’s physical to the school nurse as soon as possible. The due date is June 1, 2015.

Class of 2018 -For students entering Grade 10 for the Fall 2015- a physical exam performed between March 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016 is acceptable; If your current Grade 9 student has had a recent exam, please send a copy of the document to the school nurse.

ATHLETES -MIAA (MA Interscholastic Athletic Association) and HHS Policy requires a current physical exam on file in order to tryout, or participate in HHS athletics.  Students may turn in current  physicals to their school nurse (current Grade 8 students deliver to Middle School Nurse). Please check your student-athletes’ physical exam date and make appointments as necessary. Physical exams expire 395 days from the date of exam. Registration, fees, and physical exams will be due in Early August. More info… 

Dismissals From School Due to Illness
Any student who becomes ill or suffers an injury during the school day must report to the school nurse. Following assessment by the nurse the parent/guardian will be contacted if necessary. Students being dismissed for illness/injury must be dismissed through the nurse’s office.

Medications During the School Day
According to MA state law and HPS policy any medication (including over the counter medications) taken by students during the school must be administered by the school nurse and must have a written presrciber’s order and written parental consent. After school activities are considered an extension of the school day (e.g. athletics, drama, clubs etc.).

Students may carry and self-administer emergency epinephrine auto–injectors and asthma inhalers with proper documentation on file. Emergency Health Care Plans must be on file for students requiring emergency epinephrine. Students with Life-Threatening Allergies may not attend field trips 
without a current, completed Emergency Health Care Plan on file.


Students that have had a medication order on file for the 2014-2015 year have been given forms for the fall. Please check with your student. The medication order forms should be returned before the school year starts on September 1, 2015. Parents are reminded to pick up any medications /supplies your child may have in the nurse’s office. All medications left in the School Nurse office must be destroyed at the end of the school year.

If you have questions, please contact the HHS nurse at  508-429-0682, FAX 508-893-6053