The Dedham School Health Services Mission:

To foster growth, development and educational achievement in all students, through health and wellness promotion, in a safe and supportive environment.

Meet our Nurses!

School Physician: Vincent Paquette, MD

The Dedham Public Schools Nurse provides the following services:

  • Individualized health care planning and case management for students with special health care needs

  • Health and wellness promotion

  • Illness and injury prevention, assessment, and intervention

  • Medication administration and nursing procedures

  • Communicable disease prevention and control

  • Mandated health screenings:

    • Vision (grades K-5, 7 and 10)

    • Hearing (grades K-3, 7, and 10)

    • Postural (grades 5-9)

    • Height, Weight and BMI (grades 1,4,7,10)

    • Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) (grades 7,10)

  • Environmental health and safety

  • Access to health care services and insurance

  • Management of confidential student health records

  • Emergency preparedness and medical response

  • Communication and collaboration with students, parents/guardians, school faculty/staff, and community providers of health care and support services

  • Planning for student re-entry to school after a prolonged absence due to medical or surgical condition

Your child must stay home from school when he/she is experiencing:

  • A diagnosis of a communicable disease

  • Fever greater than 100ºF within the last 24 hours off of fever reducing medication

  • Vomiting/diarrhea within the last 24 hours

  • Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medications

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