Christine Kimball, BSN, RN, NCSN » Bennett School Health Office

Bennett School Health Office

The Health Office is open to care for all student's health care needs while attending school. This includes all students with chronic health conditions and any illness or injury during the school day. If your child's health changes at any time, the school nurse is available to assist you in keeping your child healthy and in school.Healthy Children Learn Better School Nurses Make It Happen

Office Hours

The nurse's office hours are as follows:

8:00 am until 2:45 pm. 

 

Phone number is 508-821-1245 then press 2

Fax number is 508-821-1248

 

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

The single most important thing to do if your child has the following symptoms is to keep your child HOME. Some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold; please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, please keep your child home and contact their primary care provider for further guidance. 

 

Below is a list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children every morning before sending them to school or to the bus stop. 

 

Keep your child HOME if they have any of these symptoms.

  • Fever (100° Fahrenheit or higher),
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

 

If your child has any of the above symptoms, please contact your child’s primary care provider to obtain further guidance. Your child may return to school if they meet one of the requirements below:

 

  1.       Proof of a negative or not detected test result for COVID-19, improvement in symptoms, and your child has been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, only a PCR COVID test result will be accepted.
  2.       Your child’s medical provider has determined a different illness than COVID-19 and has cleared them to return (medical note must be brought to the school nurse).
  3.       If a student has COVID-like symptoms and is not tested, they may return to school 10 days from the start of symptoms as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19:

  •     The Board of Health exclusion guidelines must be followed prior to returning to school.

 

Please contact your child’s school nurse with any questions.

 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires a copy of a Physical Exam upon entering school, usually in Kindergarten, 4th, 7th and 11th grades. Students in the fourth grade need to provide the school with an updated physical exam since March of 2019. You can contact your child's doctor and have them fax the physical exam to the school. If your child has not had an exam, please make an appointment with their health care provider.

Due to Covid-19, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has suspended all health Screenings for the 2020- 2021 school year. This includes vision, hearing, dental, scoliosis, and BMI annual screenings.