Martin School Nurse
Lori Fyfe, BSN, RN-BC
Rebecca Robertson, RN, BSN
WHOOPING COUGH: Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old. The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.
TICKS: Protect yourself and your family against tickbourne diseases. Learn how by accessing this link:
Parents of students entering 7th grade Fall 2020: An updated Physical Exam (conducted after 3/1/2019) and immunization record (Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines) are required for 7th grade entry. Please ask your PCP for a copy of these and forward to the school nurse prior to August 31, 2020.
Annual Health Update Card: Please complete and return this card promptly, to communicate any health concerns and to provide accurate contact information. This ensures that you can notified, without delay, in the event of an illness or injury presenting at school.
Health Insurance: In the interest of ensuring that all students have access to health insurance, Mass Health applications are available upon request and/or through the link listed to your left. Please contact the school nurse for any assistance needed.
Immunization Exemptions: All exemptions to vaccination, Religious and/or Medical, must be renewed annually at the start of each school year, per MA Dept of Public Health regulations. Please visit the link to your left for a Religious Exemption form. Documentation of a Medical Exemption should be obtained from your student's Primary Care Provider.
Medication: It is recommended that medication be administered at home. Students who MUST receive medication during school hours are required to comply with state regulations to ensure their health and safety. These regulations apply to prescription AND over-the counter medications.
1. Written consent provided by parent/legal guardian
2. Medication order provided by licensed prescriber
These forms are available from the school nurse and/or through the links listed to your left and must be completed each school year.
Medication must be delivered in a pharmacy or manufacturer’s labeled container by a responsible adult.
Screenings: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandates the following health screenings for our student population:
Body Mass Index (height/weight): Grade 7
Hearing: Grade 7
Postural (scoliosis): Grades 5, 6 and 7
SBIRT*(making healthy decisions to minimize risk of substance abuse): Grade 7
Vision: Grades 5 and 7
All screenings are conducted confidentially by a school nurse, in private, individual sessions.
If your child has completed any of these screenings with their primary care provider, please provide the school nurse with documentation. If you do not want your child to participate in any of the screenings, please provide the school nurse with a written request specifying your directives. *A separate notification, with information on and the option to not participate in, SBIRT will be sent home prior to scheduling of screenings. Please contact the school nurse with any questions/concerns.
You will be notified by letter of any concerns detected during screenings. Please have the appropriate referral completed and returned to the school nurse as soon as possible.
Please notify the school nurse should you require any assistance with this process. TPS nurses participate in the Sight for Students program. This program assists families who do not have vision insurance coverage and who meet the program’s income requirements, by providing gift certificates for free eye exams and free eyeglasses, if prescribed.