ARD Nurse

~A Healthy School is a Happy School~
Denise Schmidt RN
603-485-4474 (x 2)
Fax: 603-485-1806
The school nurse is responsible for all the health and safety needs of the children, staff, and visitors at school during the school day.  In addition to providing first aid, the nurse provides health counseling and education, manages communicable diseases, and develops plans to meet the needs of children with chronic health conditions. Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school nurse about their child’s health issues.

Nurse's News 

Ticks are out already!

• Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily seen.

• Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, and a hat. Tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants.

• Check yourself often for ticks; shower after returning indoors, when possible.

• Use insect repellent containing DEET or permethrin (always follow directions).

• Run clothes in the dryer on high heat to kill any ticks that may be on the clothing.

Do a Tick Check

Black-legged ticks are very small, and a tick might look like a freckle or speck of dirt on a person’s skin.

Ticks often like to bite in warm, dark, secluded areas of the body. It is important to check your clothing for ticks while you are outside, and do a whole body tick check at least once a day.

Pay close attention to: hairline and scalp, in and around ears, underarms, elbows, backs of the knees, between fingers and toes, belly button, groin area, and areas where clothing presses against your skin (waistbands, collars, cuffs, watchbands). Don’t forget to check your pets as well! Remove any attached ticks promptly.

Removing an Attached Tick

• DO remove the tick promptly. The sooner you remove it, the less chance of infection.

• DO use tweezers to grasp the tick’s mouthparts at the surface of the skin.

• DO gently pull the tick straight out with a steady motion.

• DO wipe the bite area with an antiseptic, or wash with soap and water.

DO NOT remove an attached tick using any of the methods listed below. These may actually increase your chances of becoming infected with a tick borne disease:

• DO NOT squeeze the tick.

• DO NOT rub petroleum jelly on the tick.

• DO NOT use a hot match or cigarette.

• DO NOT pour kerosene or nail polish on the tick.


If your child has an injury resulting in a cast or limited activity of any kind. This note must stipulate restrictions for physical activity including physical education and recess. If your child’s doctor restricts him or her from participating in physical education, this includes recess. Please contact the nurse to discuss this further if the need arises. 


Hydration is important even in winter months!! Make water an easy grab-and-go item for kids.  'Sports drinks' can have a lot of added sugar, often as much as dessert.  Avoiding sugary drinks helps children & adults maintain a healthy weight.

Athletics-ARD Sports

Students who wish to participate in sports at ARD are required to have a physical examination by a licensed health care provider before they are eligible to participate.  Documentation of a signed physical must be on file with the School Nurse every two years.   However, anytime your child has a physical exam performed throughout their school years, an updated copy should be provided to the school nurse.  

Students are being screened for vision, height, weight, 
and blood pressure.  If any results outside of normal parameters, you will be notified in writing for suggested follow-up with your Physician.

Physicals, Dental Care, and Eye Exams:
If your child needs a physical, they can get one here at ARD 
for free in the spring.  If your child needs dental care, free care is offered at NHTI in Concord (contact me for details).  
If your child is in need of an eye exam or eyeglasses, contact me for inexpensive or free glasses. There is assistance 
available for all of your child’s health care needs.


Where can I find information for...?

Student Absence:  (top)
When calling in your child absent please include whether they have a fever of 100F or more as well as other flu-like symptoms. Daily reports are made to the State of NH Dept. of Health for influenza patterns.

In the interest of your child’s health and the health of other children, please cooperate with the following guidelines:

If your child feels ill in the morning please keep him/her at home.  Although perfect attendance is desirable, a sick child should never be sent to school. General guidelines for keeping your child home from school are:
  • Fever, diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Persistent cough
  • If diagnosed with an infection requiring antibiotics, the student must be on the antibiotics 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If you are notified that your child is ill and needs to be picked up from school, please be prepared to provide transportation.  Keep your emergency contact information up-to-date.
If your child has a contagious disease or is likely to be absent from school three or more days please notify the school nurse 
or the school administration.

Community Health:  (top)
All children need routine medical and dental care to stay healthy and ready to learn. Please contact the school nurse if you need assistance with this.

Quick & Easy School Foods:  (top)
The Allenstown School District Wellness Policy stresses that classroom snacks feature healthy choices. What a child eats has been proven to help them during the school day. Having quick solutions makes it easier to help make good choices. Make lunch or breakfast meals the night before. You can sit down over the week-end and plan the menus for the week. Try prepackaging foods (fruit slices, pretzels, cut up vegetables) with dip and leave them on the lunch shelf in your refrigerator. This way 
you can just grab them in the morning.  Children like finger foods. Cut sandwiches into fun shapes using seasonal cookie cutters. You can make your own healthy ranch dip and place 
in small containers to take with the vegetables.
Using the school lunch program is another quick & healthy option. The USDA school lunch program has changed to help increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains that children consume. If your child gets “hot-lunch” from school, they are getting healthy choices, as their 'dessert' will usually 
be fruit.  With the school year in full swing, don't forget to include exercise!

Student School Medication Policy:  (top)
Students are not allowed to bring ANY medication to school. Parent/Guardian must bring in medication and sign a permission form to receive medication during school. Medication of any
kind cannot be given to a student without written permission from his/her parents.
Prescription Medication: If your child must receive prescription medication during the school day, the following steps must be completed and submitted to the school nurse:
  1. A signed order from the physician and written permission from the parent.
  2. The physician’s order must include the student's name, medication, dosage,the time the medication is to be taken, the length of time the student is to be on the medication and the reason for taking the medication.
  3. The medication is to be brought to the nurse in the original prescription bottle.
The school nurse or a trained designee will dispense all medication.  No student may take his/her own medication. Special exceptions apply to Inhalers and Epipens.  A student 
may possess and use these medications if certain requirements are met, including written approval of the student’s doctor 
and written verification that the student knows how to and 
can administer the medication themselves. 
Over the Counter Medication: Any type of nonprescription medication (including cough drops) must be brought to the Health Office with a signed parent permission, “over-the counter medication form” or note stating the time and reason 
it should be given.  The medication must be in the container 
in which it was purchased. Students may not keep medication 
in the classroom.  Contact the school nurse if you have any questions.
Please read the School Handbook for a complete description 
of the district's policies.