Welcome to North Berwick Elementary School's Nurse page. For those of you who haven't met me yet, my name is Jennifer Hamel. My nursing background has been in Public Health, Maternal/Child Health and Pediatrics. I am very happy to be part of the NBES team! On this page, you will find health updates and other information that will help keep our school community safe and healthy.

It's getting cold outside! Please remember to send your child with adequate clothing for cold weather. During the winter months, they will need boots, hat/mittens, snow pants and a warm winter coat to play outside at recess. The nurse's office will no longer be supplying these items. If your child does not have appropriate gear for cold weather and you are in need of assistance, please contact me regarding this at 676-9811. We have many local resources that we can confidentially access if need be. 

As cold and flu season approaches, please remember to have yourself and your child vaccinated with the flu vaccine. There is no shortage of flu vaccine this year. Please refer to the Maine CDC website for more information: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/influenza/maineflu/ 

When to keep your child home from school:

    • Fever greater than 100 F
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Constant cough

When can your child return to school?

    • When they have been without a fever, vomiting or diarrhea for a COMPLETE 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing mediation such as Tylenol or Motrin

Medication at school: All medication needs to be brought in by an adult, this includes prescription and OTC (over the counter) medication. A permission slip will need to be filled out. Prescription medication needs to be brought in the original bottle with the students name on it, name of medication and dosage.

Absences/Tardiness: To ensure the safety of your child, we ask that you call the school before 9AM to notify us if your child will not be in school or will be tardy.
If we do not hear from you, we will be calling to follow up on the whereabouts of your child.

Reminder: Please call the school with any phone numbers that may have changed. This is very important if there should ever be an emergency or your child is sick and needs to be dismissed.

Screenings: Vision and hearing screenings are done in grades K, 1, 3 and 5 or upon request from teachers and parents. A letter will be sent home if additional testing is recommended.

If you have a younger child, in K or 1st or 2nd grade, please keep a change of clothes in his or her backpack at all times. The nurses office has limited storage space therefore, I do not always have a change of clothes available. Thanks!