A registered nurse is present at all times during school hours. We welcome phone calls or visits to discuss any health concerns you may have about your child. Please keep all contact, emergency, and health information updated in the case your child becomes sick or needs medical attention during the school day. Please inform the Health Office of any acute or chronic health conditions of your child, so the proper arrangements can be made.
An updated immunization record is required for students to attend public school. Please submit an updated record when your child receives any immunizations. For more information about New Hampshire school immunization requirements, please click here. Please see below for more important information and forms.
Keeping Your Child Home
To provide a healthy and safe environment for all students and staff, we ask parents and guardians to keep children home from school during communicable phases of illness.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Temperature of 100 degrees or more
- 24 hours after symptoms of an illness have ended
- 24 hours after a temperature of 100 degrees or more has ended without help from medicine
- 24 hours after vomiting or diarrhea has ended
- 24 hours after the completion of antibiotic use for strep throat, bacterial conjunctivitis, or other bacterial illnesses
- Undiagnosed rashes, sores, or other skin ailments
Helpful Health Information
- How to Protect Against the Common Cold
- Flu Guide for Parents
- How to Prevent the Flu
- Cleaning Tips to Prevent the Flu
- Talking to Children about the Flu
- NH Department of Health & Human Services Head Lice Fact Sheet
- CDC Information on Lice Treatment
- Lyme Disease Fact Sheet
- CDC Information on Ticks
- CDC Information on Mosquito Bites
Parents and guardians are required to deliver all medications to the Health Office. Under no circumstances shall students transport medications, prescription or non-prescription, to or from school.
If your child requires administration of an over-the-counter medication such as Advil or cough medicine, please bring in a supply in the original container labeled with your child’s name. A permission form for that is required and is available in the Health Office and on the SAU 16 Health Services page. All unused medications must be picked up by a parent or guardian at the end of the year or it will be disposed of. We do not carry cough medicine or decongestants in the Health Office. If you anticipate your child will need cough drops during the school day, please send in a bag of cough drops with a note from a parent or guardian.
A physician’s signature is required to administer prescription medications at school.
Asthma & Allergies
If your child uses an inhaler or Epipen, please contact us to discuss a plan of care. Download the Asthma Action Plan for Home and School.
For students with food allergies, listed below are accommodations we can make:
- Individualized Food Allergy Health Care Plan
- Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan
- Access to Epipen
- The School Nurse and Food Services Manager work together to provide nutritious meals for students with special dietary needs, including food allergies, diabetes, and celiac disease.
- Food menu online for review
Physical Examinations & Health Screenings
Physical examinations of each student must be completed prior to or upon first entry into the public school system. Your physician may use the form provided or their own physical examination form. If you already have a form on file in the health office, that is sufficient unless there are changes from the previous exam. This means a new health form is not needed every year for every child.