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Vision and Hearing Screenings
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Mandatory vision screening is performed at your child's school for grades K-5, grade 8 and grade 10. You will be notified in the mail if your child does not pass the screening. Please have the notice filled out by your eye doctor and return to your school nurse.

Mandatory hearing screening is performed yearly at your child's school for grades K-3, grade 8 and grade 10. If you receive a letter in the mail, please have your child's physician fill it out and return to the school nurse.

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL

19 hours ago

Please keep your child home if he/she has any of the following:

  •  fever of 100.4 F (37.8 C) in the past 24 hours
  • a fever accompanied by any one of the following: cough, runny nose or sore throat (flu like symptoms)
  • your child has needed Tylenol or Ibuprofen to control fever for past 24 hours
  • strep throat-if awaiting culture results or less than 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
  • vomiting or diarrhea in past 24 hours
  • an undiagnosed rash
  • suspected conjunctivitis (pink eye)

 Tips for managing a sick child at home:

  • Use a thermometer to accurately measure body temperature, not the back of your hand.
  • Body temperature is lowest upon waking and gradually increases throughout the day, so 4-5pm is a good time to check for fever.
  • If your child wakes with a headache, a fever may be present; check temperature. Waking to a headache is a good indicator of sickness for children.
  • Wash hands before eating and after using toilet.
  • Do not share food, eating utensils or drinks with family members who are sick.

if you are not able to stay home with your sick child, please have a back-up plan ready to avoid sending a sick child to school.

 

Statement of Intent
Optimal learning requires good emotional and physical health. Chicopee Public Schools Health Services works together with families and the community for children’s health. The School Nurse at each school works with the school administrator to provide an environment that promotes optimal wellness and safety for all students. The School Nurse provides individualized quality health care for students, emphasizes health education at all levels and utilizes available community and school resources to promote an overall healthy lifestyle for students, staff, and families.

Health Services involve:
> Conducting health screenings
> Providing specialized health care and services
> Assessing and evaluating growth and development
> Monitoring of students immunizations
> Acting as a resource for students, parents, and staff
> Providing individual health counseling to service emotional and physical health needs
> Identifying and referring possible pediatric and adolescent health problems for early diagnosis and treatment
> Evaluating and monitoring communicable diseases
> Acting as a special education team member for children with special needs.
> Serving as a liaison with parents and community health agencies
> Providing educational and promotional activities for healthy lifestyles of our students and staff