The goal of the Holliston Public Schools Health Services Department is to promote an optimum level of wellness and remove health related barriers in order to enhance the education process. We believe that health and education are interrelated and that a healthy student is the best learner.
The HPS Health Services Department is committed to providing basic health services, health promotion and prevention of disease, health maintenance and a safe and caring environment for all students.
The Health Services Dept. provides basic health services that include first aid, management of emergencies, health teaching and counseling, administration of medications and treatments, assistance in management of chronic illness, infectious disease control, monitoring of immunizations and required physical exams, annual vision, hearing, scoliosis and growth screening programs and staff training in CPR, Allergy Management Programs, Epinephrine Administration Programs, and Standard Precaution Programs.
Grade 10 Physical Exams
According to Massachusetts Law, (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57), all Grade 10 students are required to have a physical performed between March 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020. If your child has had a recent exam, please send a copy of the document to the HHS Nurse. You can also fax your child's exam to FAX 508-893-6053.
Athletics Physical Exams
- The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association requires all students to have a current (within 395 days of the first day of the sports season) physical documented by a health provider on file with the school nurse in order to try out for any team. The student athlete is responsible for making sure a valid physical is always on file with the nurse. A physical exam expires 395 days (one year and one month) after the date of the exam. It is the student/parent’s responsibility to submit an updated physical BEFORE the expiration date.
*Keep an eye on the expiration date of your physical. Once it expires, the student is no longer eligible for athletics and participation in their sport is not permitted until an updated physical is on file.* (MIAA Rule change 6/2012.)
- The physical exam includes THE DATE OF THE EXAM, the student’s name, and date of birth, height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and an up-to-date immunization record. In addition, a summary of the examination is noted including any limitations or restrictions in activity, as well as student’s medications. (Please note: that any student carrying any medication during school hours e.g. inhalers or Epi-pens MUST have written parent permission as well as a written medication order signed by the student’s physician on file in the School Health Office.)
- The school nurse believes it is best that a physician who usually provides medical care for your child give this examination. If you need a referral to a primary care provider or information on health insurance, please contact the school nurse.
- Although most pediatricians’ offices use their own physical exam form (which is acceptable as long as it includes the information outlined in #2), a Massachusetts School Health Record, Private Physician’s Examination Form may be obtained from the school nurse or downloaded and printed from the HHS website. Take this form to your primary health care provider for completion and signature.
The following policies have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of children requiring medication during the school day.
The Holliston Public Schools require that a Medication Order/Parental Consent Form be on file in the Health Office before any medication is given in school. The form includes:
- Signed consent by the parent/guardian. This is required to dispense any medication.
- Signed medication order. The written medication order form should be taken to your child’s licensed prescriber (your child’s physician, nurse practitioner, etc.) for completion and returned to the school nurse. The order must be renewed as needed and at the beginning of each academic year.
Special Medical Situations
- Short-term medication, i.e., those requiring administration for ten (10) school days or less, the pharmacy labeled container may be used in lieu of a licensed prescriber’s written order.
- Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (Standard Dosage) requires written parental consent only.
- ALL OTHER MEDICATIONS, (cough medicine, antihistamines, etc.) require a signed medication order from your child’s licensed prescriber.
Medicines should be delivered to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container by a parent/guardian or their responsible adult designee. Please ask you pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than thirty-day supply of the medicine should be delivered to school. When your child needs a medicine to be given during the school day, please act quickly to follow these policies so we may began to give the medicine as soon as possible.
Health Procedures for New/Transfer Students
A copy of the student’s up-to date immunization record must be on file in the school health office before the student is allowed to attend any classes.
- Parent/guardian will receive forms to complete.
- Student Health History Form.
- Emergency Dismissal Form- Forms signed by the parent or guardian MUST be on file in the School Nurse’s Office. The information requested is critical at time of illness or emergency. Parents are required to update this information throughout the school year as information changes.
- New admissions to Holliston High School (all grades) must have documentation of a valid physical examination within a year prior to entry date and must be accompanied with an up-to-date immunization card.
- It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school nurse in writing of any health condition pertinent to the child’s well-being, such as tendency to nosebleed, seizure disorders, allergies, reactions to bee stings, diabetes, joint and bone disorders, difficulties with speech, vision or hearing and religious stipulations regarding medical care.
All medications that must be taken by students during the school day must be administered by the School Nurse or designee in accordance with Holliston Public Schools policy.
When to keep your ill child home
- Emergency Health Care Plan/Allergy
- Physical Exam & Immunization form
- Post-Head Injury Clearance
- Medication Order/Parental Consent Form
Policies & Resources
- Medication Policy
- Physical Exams for Athletics
- New and Transfer Students
- Health Resources Online links
- Lice Letter
Online Health Resources
- ADD, National Association
- ADHD for Children and Adults
- Alcohol and Drug Information
- Allergy and Asthma
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
- National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases on Allergies
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes’s Informational Packet, “Controlling Your
- Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics
- Allergy: Food Allergy News for Teens
- Asthma, Allergy Just for Kids
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- American Dietetic Association
- American Lung Association
- Anger Management
- Arthritis Foundation
- Asperger Syndrome
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Autism Society
- Bicycle Safety Links
- Board of Health –Holliston- Call 508 429-0605
- Cancer Society
- Cerebral Palsy Guide
- Child Abuse Links
- Mass. Department of Social Services
- Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Mass. Citizens for Children
- Children's Trust Fund
- Child Abuse Hotline: Call 800-792-5200
- Childhood Depression Awareness
- Dental Association of Massachusetts
- Medline Plus (National Institutes of Health) on mental health
- NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Childhood Depression Awareness
- Children's Hospital, Boston
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Deaf Children Society
- Diet & Nutrition
- Diabetes Association
- Diabetes, Children
- National Diabetes Education Program
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases American Diabetes Association’s page on Type I Diabetes Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Kids Online National Library of Medicine’s MedLine Plus Page on Diabetes
- Dole's 5 a Day Website
- Drugs and Drunk Driving Links
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Family Fitness
- Food Allergy Network
- Food Allergy News for Kids and Teens
- Food and Nutrition Information Center
- Grief - All Kids Grieve
- Headaches: National Headache Foundation
- Head Lice - National Pediculosis Association
- Healthy School Environments A resource for schools and interested persons to address environmental issues in school.
- Health Insurance for Children Access to medical care in Massachusetts
- Immunization - CDC
- Immunization: Massachusetts Immunization program
- Immunizations for Travelers
- IntelliHealth: Poison Resources
- Massachusetts Dental Society
- MA Department of Public Health on Poisons
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Call: 508-481-4726
- Massachusetts Department of Social Service: Call 508-424-0100
- Massachusetts Department of Mental Health: Call 508-366-4401
- Massachusetts Nurses Association
- MetroWest Medical Center
- NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
- National Youth Sports Safety Foundation
- Nutrition - Medline
- Nutrition: Cook It Quick, for healthy, quick meals.
- Nutrition: KidFood.org, nutrition site for kids.
- National Safety Council’s Family Safety Page
- Pediatric Clinic @ MetroWest Medical Center: Call: 508-383-1000
- Safety Links
- School Nurse Organization (Massachusetts) School Nurse Organization (National)
- Stress: From the University of Minnesota, articles on stress reduction
- Stress Reduction Techniques: Mind Body Institute
- Suicide Prevention
- Tobacco Links
- USDA Center for Nutrition
- Women, Infants, Children (WIC): Nutrition Program