updated 02/25/2021
In May of 2019, LD 798 was signed into law which removes both philosophical exemptions and religious exemptions from the exceptions to immunization requirements. Medical exemptions are still allowed. (and there is an exception for those students with an Individualized Education Plan and either philosophical or religious exemption in place prior to Sept 1, 2021).

  • Immunization update effective 9/1/21
  • Incoming Seniors (Class of 2022) please note Meningitis (MCV4) requirement below.
  • Incoming 7th grade. (Please note MCV4 and Tdap requirement below.


 The symptoms of spring allergies: congestion, cough, headache, eye redness overlap with symptoms of COVID19.
  • If your student uses a daily nasal spray or allergy medication in the spring, it may be helpful to have them start the medication(s) a week or two before symptoms appear.
  •  Similar to the fall  allergy season, we will be recommending contact with the student's healthcare provider  for symptoms that overlap with COVID19.
  • School nurses cannot administer allergy medications or decongestants without parent and healthcare provider authorization.  (Medication permission form linked at bottom of page)
  • The only medications students may self carry are asthma rescue inhalers and epinephrine auto injectors.
  • Please be sure your student takes any daily allergy medication at home each day.
  • If your student has asthma, please be sure they have a current inhaler as prescribed. If they need to bring it to school, there should be a current asthma plan on file with the nurse. (Signed by the parent and the health provider). (Asthma Plan linked at bottom of page)
  • Prepare for Spring Allergies Now !
  • All About Allergies: Be Ready for Spring


COVID updates 2/25/21
Travel Quick Reference Guide: Please Note: WOCSD still observes the 14 day quarantine for students who attend in-person learning at school.

   Traveler FAQs travel info begins on p. 15 (Information on quarantine and other rules when traveling outside of Maine)
The only Exempt states are Vermont and New Hampshire,

Please screen your student prior to school each day! 

Here is a link with ALL COVID test sites. Just plug in your zip code for the list near you.

          York Hospital COVID testing Info Page      (2 site/tests options available)


COVID 19 Daily Prescreening Tool for Attendance

Return to School After Illness/Fever

  • On return to school following absence due to an illness or isolation, students must be checked at the Health Office for a post-illness evaluation immediately upon arrival to school, before 

going to the classroom.  

  • Students who arrive with Temperature 100.4℉ or higher or have taken fever reducing dication should not be given access to the classroom and parents should be notified to pick up their child immediately.

  • When the child returns to school, he/she must be well enough to participate in all activities. Exception to the rule: If there is a restriction from some activity there must be a note from the child’s health care provider explaining for how long. 

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 other 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.

Pat Endsley MSN, RN NCSN



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 September 20, 2017

Options for Access to Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

  • Generic/Branded Epinephrine Auto-injector -  Adrenaclick
  • EpiPen Products: My Epi Pen Savings card 
  •                                Paying for Epi Pen
  •  Auvi- Q: Auvi Q epinephrine device is back (It had been recalled a couple years ago.) It delivers the same dose as the Epi-Pen but has voice prompts much like                 an AED to guide the person through the administration. Auvi-Q Affordibility
  • Good Rx:  Plug in your medication  and zip code to shop around.  Prices vary widely by pharmacy!  (Check out the Adrenaclick)















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Patricia Endsley,
Feb 26, 2021, 7:13 AM
Patricia Endsley,
Feb 26, 2021, 7:13 AM