Health Office

Bonnie Heisey, RN, Lisa Shepard, RN  phone    603.463.7422, ext. 107, or direct line 463.3107  fax: 603.463.2839 
Please feel free to contact us if you should have any questions. 

February 2018

The Flu vs the Common Cold 

As we’re all aware, this year’s strain of the flu is severe! We recommend getting the flu vaccine, as it is not too late.  The vaccine takes two weeks to become effective and lessens your chances of getting sick form the flu, which normally runs November through March. Many ask, what is the difference between the common cold virus and the Influenza virus?

The cold will come on gradually; rarely have a fever, nausea, chills, sweats or body aches. The flu will exhibit sudden onset of symptoms, including the above-mentioned body aches, chills, sweats, nausea, and fever. The cold’s symptoms will usually include stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, wet cough, and sore throat; whereas the flu may or may not have these symptoms.  Having a cold is more bearable throughout its course, and we ask if your child is at school that they wash hands frequently, and cough into tissues or bend of their arm. We, at school, are doing our part and providing classrooms with tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. We ask that if your child shows signs of the influenza virus that you please refrain from sending them in to school until symptoms are lessening in severity. If in doubt, please call your child’s PCP office and/or refer to the CDC website.

May 10, 2017
Just a friendly reminder to please be vigilant and have your students do daily tick checks! A good time is when they are in line to come back into the building; they can brush off their clothing and hair, even if a tick is not visible. They should check their hairline, scalp, behind ears, underarms, backs of knees, between fingers and toes, waistbands, etc. Do not hesitate to send reminders home in Friday classroom newsletters to parents! Besides when coming inside from the outdoors, the other best time to check for ticks is at bedtime when they can perform full body checks. The nasty critters have arrived for the season and will be here until the fall. If a child has a tick that is easily brushed off, they do not need to come to the health office. If the tick is attached, please send them and we will remove them properly, document, and call a parent. We do not want to scare anyone, but if we all take extra precautions we can fight the war on ticks! They are small but mighty...but we are mightier :)
April 4, 2017
We raised a total of $864 to donate to LLS! Great job to all the classes, teaches, students, parents, and volunteers for working collaboratively and collecting and counting the donations.  As a reward for highest collected, the PTO will be giving Ms. Knowlton's kindergarten class, Ms. Edmond's 3rd grade class, and Mr. Dudley's 8th grade magnet an ice cream social next week. Congratulations on a job well done! Children battling cancers are grateful for your thoughtfulness. 

March 6, 2017
The health office and PTO are sponsoring the Pennies for Patients Program, March 6th-24th. We will be giving monetary donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students brought home collection boxes on Friday, February 24th. Info also in the weekly Bridge newsletter. Click on links to donate online:


Classroom with most collected will be awarded a prize from our PTO. Thank you in advance for your contributions to this worthy cause.

May 19, 2016
Health office in need of baby wipes and/or face cloths, as well as girls underwear, all sizes. Thank you!

March 23, 2016
Please Note Update! 
Donations Accepted:
  • Baby wipes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Small water bottles
  • Boys  outer pants, sizes 6, 8
  • Girls outer pants, sizes 6, 8

Thank you in advance.  As always, your contributions are appreciated!

Health Forms

Hello! Welcome to the Health Office at DCS! Please feel free to contact us via phone or email at any time. If we are with a student or it is during non-school hours, we will get back to you soon. Know that your child's health and safety is our most valued concern. Please keep us in the loop with any updates regarding your child's health so that we may give the best care.

General Paperwork
Paperwork will go home with your student the first week of school, so please fill out and return ASAP so that we may administer over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Benadryl with your written permission.  The health office supplies tablets, liquid and chewable forms of acetaminophen and ibuprofen.  If your child requires another OTC med  (cough or allergy med, cough drops or lozenges), please provide the medicine in original container with written approval by parent/guardian and bring in to us so that we may keep them in health office med closet and give them as needed.  This also includes the application of insect repellent or sunscreen.  You may apply to your student in the morning before school, or bring in to teacher or nurse with written permission for one of staff members to apply during the school day.

Prescription Meds
Any prescription medication your child needs to take during the school day follows the same protocol as for OTC meds, but will also require PCP authorization (order and signature) on file. Please do not send any meds (OTC or Rx) in with your child as they are not allowed to transport meds of any kind, unless we receive written authorization from PCP and parent that they may do so (Epi pens, Inhalers, etc).  Bring medication in and meet with nurse to be sure we have proper paperwork on file.  All medications need to be in original containers and not yet expired, then picked up last week of school by parent/guardian.

New School Year
All MD orders and parental permission forms must be renewed each school year (effective July 1st ~ June 30th).  In other words, if your child had MD orders and parental permission for health office to administer an Rx (or OTC) medication when they were in 5th grade, and they will continue to require medicine in 6th grade, then we will need updated forms to administer meds when they are in 6th grade.  Please note we have added common forms on this site so that you may download and print at your convenience.  Some of these include:  

  • Annual Health History/Emergency Form (Update emergency contacts in event school needs to call parent/guardian. Health history inquires about student's PCP, allergies, conditions, medications,etc.). Parent/guardian sign/date.
  • Permission for OTC Medication Form (must be filled out and signed for students to receive Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl). Parent/guardian sign/date.
  • Administration of Medication in School Form (Rx PCP and parent must sign/date; parental permission only for OTC) Permission to carry & self-medicate for Epi pen and/or Inhaler is on back side of this form; PCP and parent must sign/date. NOTE: These forms do not go home with all students. You may download and print at your convenience, or contact us to send copy home with your child.
  • Emergency Plan for Medically at Risk Students (Food or Bee allergies, Diabetics, Seizures, etc.). Parent/guardian sign/date.
  • NH School Immunization Requirements 2017/2018. For Your Information only.
  • Certificate of Religious Exemption.

Physical Exams and Immunizations
Please obtain a copy of student's latest physical examination at each regular visit to PCP office. This information is helpful to the health office, which includes allergies, physical assessment, restrictions, medications, etc.  Any student who plays sports must have a copy of the physical exam on file within the past two years.

Each visit where an immunization is given, we ask that you acquire a copy of this for the health office as well.  A medical or religious notarized exemption form must  be on file for those students who opt out of the NH required immunization schedule.

In the event you have a change in any of your contact information, we ask that you notify the DCS front office.  We want to be sure we are able to reach a parent/guardian in a timely manner if they need to be dismissed from school, or in the event of an emergency.

Keep Students Home If...
Students must remain out of school if they present with any of the following symptoms:
  • Temperature of 100 F or higher.  Students must stay home for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting within last 24 hours.
  • Persistent upset stomach or headache.
  • Sore throat with fever and/or swollen glands.  Wait for throat culture results before sending student back to school.  Positive results require antibiotic treatment for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Rash of unknown origin.
  • Red, itchy, painful eyes.
  • Known head lice.  Live lice require immediate treatment, after which student may return for remainder of treatment regimen.
  • Any confirmed communicable disease/condition:  influenza, mononucleosis, staph infection, etc.
Please notify the health office upon positive results for any communicable disease as we report known cases annually to the NH DHHS.

Annual health screenings performed by the health office include:
  • Vision and Hearing, grades KG-5 (grades 1/3/5 vision screened by Dr. Susan Fischer).
  • Dental hygiene (with permission), grades KG-5.
  • Blood pressure, Grade 5.
  • Heights and weights, KG-8.

DCS is known as a Safe School, having over 80% of its staff certified in CPR and First Aid.  Staff may take initial or renewable classes every two years, as offered by a local rep for the American Heart Association.