May 16, 2017

 Friday June 2 Sports Pre-participation Screening Exams

Exams for 2017-2018 for current WHS students will be offered Friday June 2 during the school day.  The cost will be $5 (cash only). Form is attached at the bottom of the page.
Forms are due to the school nurse by 5/30/17.

Incoming freshmen will be offered physicals at WJHS.( Watch for information from Mrs. Collins.)

In case you miss our school physical day; here is another chance to get your physical done....


February 3, 2017

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule on December 20, 2016. The changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. The following two changes were made:

1. If you have a student enrolled at WES, WJHS, WHS without documented chicken pox vaccination or history of disease.

                       Cartoon Boy Sick with Chickenpox                 Image result for chicken pox clip art free

     Effective immediately, the exclusion period for varicella disease (chicken pox) has increased from 16 days to 21 days. This means that any child who has not provided proof of immunization or history of disease will be unable to attend school or any school related activity in the event of an active varicella breakout for 21 days. This time period will be extended if any further chicken pox cases occur after the first. The law requires a 21 day exclusion period after the LAST case.

 2.  If you have a student entering 7th grade September 2017 at WJHS



2.      Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into seventh (7th) grade will need to receive one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine before attendance is allowed. This requirement is for 7th grade students only; grades 8-12 are not included in this rule change.

 Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against whooping cough.

 You can find a link to the rule (Chapter 126 / 261) here:


 We are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

 Please find the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this new school immunization requirement at the bottom of this web page.

 If you have any questions, please contact Pat Endsley RN WHS Nurse 641-6967 pendsley@wocsd.org.

For further questions, please contact the Maine Immunization Program at (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775 or by email at ImmunizeME.DHHS@maine.gov.





Name Your Poison - January 2017
How much do you know about radon?
January is National Radon Action Month, a program of the EPA. Have you ever had your home tested for radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can cause lung cancer if you are exposed to it for long periods of time. Radon can move out of the ground over time, and may build up inside buildings. Learn more about radon and how to get a test for your home.
Are your art supplies poisonous?
Most art supplies for children, such as crayons and water-based markers, are nontoxic. Other art products, such as glazes and some paints, can be harmful and should only be used by older children and adults.

How can you tell the difference? Look for a seal from the ACMI--the Arts and Creative Materials Institute. Learn more about the ACMI's AP and CL seals. And remember you can also call the poison center 24/7 at 1-800-222-1222 for quick information on art supplies and other products.
Take care with antifreeze
The poison center often receives calls about ethylene glycol, a harmful chemical that is used in most antifreeze products for your car or truck. Children, adults and pets sometimes swallow antifreeze when it gets spilled, or if it's stored improperly, such as in a soda bottle.

Keep antifreeze in its original container, and store it up high, out of the reach of children and pets.

What does it mean to be 'FDA approved'?
Check out this helpful post from the FDA explaining what this phrase means and little of how the FDA operates.

Northern New England Poison Center, MaineHealth, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102
Sent by nnepc@mmc.org in collaboration with

Updated 1/25/17

updated 11/15/16

Just a reminder, any student who needs to carry an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler for any reason needs to have the appropriate form filled out by primary medical provider and parent or guardian. The Asthma and allergy plans can be downloaded from the "Forms" page. 

All medications during the school day need to administered by the school nurse.  The medication permission form may also be found on the "Forms" page as well.

I am happy to fax any of the forms to the student's medical office after it is filled out and signed by the parent or guardian.

Best wishes for a safe and happy school year!

Pat Endsley MSN, RN NCSN



updated 8/31/16

Epinephrine Auto-Injector Options

School nurses advocate for equity in access to care for all students. As the new school year unfolds, students and families want to know how to access lifesaving medication in the event of anaphylaxis. NASN requested information for school nurses to provide to families. The information below is current as of August 29, 2016.

Options for Access to Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Generic/Branded Epinephrine Auto-injector -  www.adrenaclick.com

EpiPen Products:

For the Uninsured & Underinsured: Patient assistance program

 For patients without insurance, Mylan is doubling the income eligibility of its patient assistance program to broaden the scope of patients who qualify for the program.

  • The program has also expanded to cover under insured patients whose pharmacy coverage is limited to generics. 
  • Qualifying patients will receive the product at no cost.

  For the Insured: My EpiPen Savings Card™

  • For patients with commercial insurance, Mylan is increasing the My EpiPen Savings Card to now cover up to $300 for each EpiPen 2-Pak® carton per prescription, up to six EpiPen 2-Pak® or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons.
  • This offer is active on EpiPen.com and through coupon cards available in many healthcare professionals’ offices. (The $100 coupon cards convert to $300 at the pharmacy)

Donna Mazyck MS, BSN, RN, NCSN
Executive Director
National Association of School Nurses
Silver Spring, MD














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