The East Hampton Public School system has a full-time registered nurse in each of the elementary, middle, and high schools to help maintain a healthy school community. The school Registered Nurse properly assesses the physical and emotional needs of students, faculty, and family members, helps encourage and promote a healthy school environment through education and training, which encourages a good learning environment. The school Registered Nurse works in conjunction with teachers, guidance, psychologist, social worker, school medical adviser, administration, and personal physicians, when necessary, to ensure the most positive outcome for students and their families. Referrals to other district professionals, family’s physicians, and others, are made when necessary.
Absence in case of Illness
We kindly ask that you notify your child's school if your child will be absent due to illness. Please call your child's school office to report the absence in a timely manner. Outside of regular office hours you can call and leave a message on the school's answering machine.
Required Health Assessments
Students must have on file a comprehensive health assessment and proof of Connecticut State required immunizations. Based on guidelines provided by the Connecticut General Statues, The East Hampton Board of Education requires that a formal health assessment be conducted prior to initial enrollment while in Grade 6 and while in grade 10. Grade 6 health assessments may be conducted anytime after the completion of grade 5 but prior to entering grade 7. Students who have not submitted proof of a health assessment to the school by the completion of the 6th grade will be provided a thirty (30) calendar day notice, in writing, prior to the effective date of school exclusion.
Grade 10 Health assessments may be conducted any time after the completion of grade 9 but prior to entering grade 11. Students who have not submitted proof of a health assessment to the school by the completion of the 10th grade will be provided a thirty (30) calendar day notice, in writing, prior to the effective date of school exclusion.
School health assessments are required by state law and represent a simple procedure that maintains the health of our students. The minimum health assessment includes a hematocrit or hemoglobin test, recordings of height, weight and blood pressure and gross dental, postural, vision and auditory screens. State law also provides an exemption from this requirement should a parent, guardian or student object on religious grounds.
Failure to comply with the immunization requirements will result in exclusion from school. Unlike health assessment requirements, there is no grace period with immunization requirements. However, exceptions and exemptions from the immunization requirements are provided within the state statutes and the Board’s policy.
East Hampton High School and Middle School students who intend to participate in interscholastic sports are reminded that they are required to obtain annually a sports physical examination before their first practice. To be valid, the physical examination must have been completed within one year of the ending date of the sport and be on record in the health office of the school attended by the student.
Any questions regarding the school’s health or medical procedures/policies can be addressed to the registered nurse at your child’s school. We look forward to speaking with you!
The Definition of School Nursing
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy, and learning (NASN, 2010).