Dedham Public Schools

Health Services

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Our mission is to foster the growth, development and educational achievement of all students by promoting health and wellness in a safe and supportive environment

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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