First Day Of School Letter

Notes from the Nurse


Welcome to the 2018-19 school year at Belmont Middle School.  I would like to take this opportunity to share with you information regarding the Health Office.


  • A health history and emergency contact form will be sent home with your child on the first day of school. Please fill this out completely and return it to school as soon as possible. If you child has any health concerns or needs special accommodations for health related concerns please contact me.


  • Per District Policy, students are not permitted to carry any medication, prescription or over the counter, with the exception of Epi Pens and Inhalers. A doctor’s order must be provided giving them permission to carry the Epi Pen or Inhaler.


  • If your child needs prescription medication while at school, a doctor’s order is required. An “Authorization to Dispense/Administer Medication at School” form can be picked up at school or found on my website.  This form must be completed by the Health Care Provider, signed by a  parent giving authorization for the medication, and by the school nurse. Medication cannot be given unless the proper forms are in place.


  • All prescription medication must be in a dated, labeled pharmacy container.  This includes Inhalers and Epi Pens.  All medication must be brought to the school by a parent or guardian. There is no exception. The school nurse is available from 7:35 to 3:05 to receive the medication.  Please call if other arrangements need to be made.


  • The first dose of any new medication cannot be given at school.  Any potential side effects must be monitored at home.


  • Please call the office if your child is absent for any reason. If due to illness or injury please inform us of the symptoms (fever, sore throat etc.) as I track student absences and illness for infection control purposes.


  • Fever over 100, flu like illness, vomiting and diarrhea are all reasons to stay home from school, and a doctor’s note may be required to return to school and for the absence to be excused per school attendance policy.


  • If your child is feeling ill during the school day they must be assessed by the nurse in order to be dismissed. Children are not to call or text parents that they are sick and need to go home.  A nursing assessment must be given in order to excuse your child home for illness.


  • Please inform the nurse if your child will be out for an extended time due to illness, have frequent absences due to a documented chronic medical condition, has any surgical procedures or hospitalizations that may require accommodations to ensure your child’s health needs and academic success.


  • If your child had a physical or immunizations over the summer, please send a copy or have your health care provider fax a copy to school for their health file.


It is helpful to us as a school community to have good communication with families at all times. The more information we have, the more we can help your child be healthy and to succeed in school.  Do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to advocate for your child’s healthcare needs. I wish good health and a successful 2018-19 school year for your children!


Irene Mackes, BS, RN            imackes@sau80.org                   267-9220                    fax 267-9228