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Health and Medical Information

School Nurse
Cindy Noniewicz

Nurse Assistant Paraprofessional
Yvonne Baldi

Concussion Information & Management

Resources on Public Health Concerns: Please click here for information from the US Department of Education regarding both the EV-D68 and the Ebola viruses. 

Immunization Requirements for New Students

State of Connecticut Dept of Ed Health Assessment Record (the "Blue Form")

State Flu Shot Rule for Preschoolers Curbs Kids’ Hospitalizations: CDC

Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common childhood virus that pediatricians, child care centers and preschools see in summer and early fall. What is hand, foot, and mouth disease? Despite its scary name, hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common, contagious illness caused by different viruses. It typically affects infants and children under age 5, but older kids and adults can catch it as well. Avoid dehydration: Children with hand, foot, and mouth disease need to drink plenty of fluids. Call your pediatrician now or go to the ER if you suspect your child is dehydrated.

Please read this important information about the Flu Vaccination.

Enterovirus Overview: Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses. Please click here for more information and to learn more about how to keep your child from getting and spreading the virus. Enterovirus-D68 - CDC Update

A New School Year

Parents are encouraged to check their children’s hair for lice regularly; careful parental checks are the best preventative. It is important to check your child’s head before and after sleepovers as head lice are most readily transmitted by direct head-to-head contact where children share sleeping quarters. Please contact the School Nurse in your child’s school with any questions or concerns. For further information on symptoms of infestation, prevention and treatment of head lice please refer to the following link from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health:

Click on the following,  Wellness and Healthy Eating, for some helpful information.

Allergy Policy
The Colchester School District requires that parents/guardians of children with a life-threatening allergy or chronic health condition notify the school and provide medically documented information about the management of the condition.  Contact the school nurse with any questions.

Medication Policy

  1. Connecticut State Law requires a written medication order from a physician  for any medication to be given in school.  This includes prescription medication as well as over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil.  The order is valid for the school year only, and must be renewed each year as needed. 
  2. All medication must be brought to school by the parent/guardian.  Students are not allowed to carry medication to or from school or take unsupervised medication at any time, including while one field trips.  In the absence of the school nurse, a teacher or principal may administer medication.
  3. The nurse's office has a supply of acetaminophen (Tylenol equivalent) and ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil equivalent).  All other medication must be supplied by the parent.
  4. Unused medication must be collected by a parent or guardian before summer break. Any remaining medication will be discarded.

Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions regarding medication for your child in school.

Physical Education
If your child has an injury or illness that prevents them from participating in PE, a doctor's note is required.  A parent's note will be accepted to excuse your child from PE for one day only.

Parents are notified by letters in March and again in July/August if their child needs a physical.

Postural Screenings
Starting in January, the school nurse conducts a postural screening for every 7th-grade girl and 8th-grade boy. This screening can detect the signs of spinal curvature (scoliosis) at its earliest stages. Early treatment can prevent the development of severe deformity. Spinal deformities most often develop between the ages of 10 and 15 years. Nearly all cases are painless at first and are often confused with poor adolescent posture. Many cases are mild and require only ongoing observation by a doctor after the first diagnosis. Others become progressively more severe as the child grows and require active treatment. The procedure for examination is a simple one and requires less than one minute. The nurse inspects the student's spine (shirt removed) as he or she stands and then bends forward. If the nurse sees abnormalities in the spine then the student will be rechecked at a second screening. If the student fails the second screening then a referral will be sent home to parents recommending further evaluation from a physician. Connecticut law requires fifth-grade boys and girls, seventh-grade girls and eighth-grade boys be screened annually in school. Students who have been screened by their doctor after 6/30/18 or have already been diagnosed with a spinal problem will be excused from the school screening. Please contact me if you have any questions concerning the postural screening program.

Immunization Requirements
Immunization Requirements for New Students

Students entering 6th grade
All students entering 6th grade in the fall are required by state law to have a complete 6th grade physical exam on or after January 1, 2015. This physical is required to enter 7th grade.

**2nd Varicella, Meningococcal, and TDAP- required immunizaitons to enter 7th grade.

Students entering 7th grade
All students entering 7th grade must be compliant with required physical and immunizations.

Students entering 8th grade
No new information required unless participating in sports. 

Students from a School within CT
We accept a copy of the most recent physical examination if in compliance with the State of CT regulations.

Students from a Different State or Country
We accept a copy of a physical exam which contains all the indicated health information included on the blue assessment form dated within one year prior to the entry into the Colchester School District.  The medical exam must be completed by a US physician.

Sports & Physical Information
All students participating in an interscholastic sport (soccer, basketball or track & field) must have a current physical on file in the Nurse's Office each calendar year.  The physical is valid for 13 months from the date it is completed. A copy must be received by the nurse prior to the try-out date of the particular sport. If the physical is not current prior to the tryout date, the student cannot participate. Participation in an intramural sport does not require a physical. The Colchester Public Schools discontinued the practice of conducting "mass screening" sports physicals using our school physician effective the 2010 - 2011 school year due to property & liability insurance recommendations. Any uninsured family should contact head nurse, Jean Stauning, at 860.537.2378 to confidentially discuss options for ensuring that your child(ren) receive this required sports physical.

Connecticut's HUSKY Plan
If your child is not protected by health insurance, WJJMS and the State of Connecticut want to help.  Please view the HUSKY application for information form below, and return it to your child's teacher, school nurse or office.  WJJMS will then contact Connecticut's HUSKY Plan to help connect your student with health insurance coverage.

Forms and Information
Authorization to administer medication in school

Does your family need health insurance?

Husky informational letter

State of Connecticut Dept of Ed Health Assessment Record (the "Blue Form")

Informational Websites
Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis Network

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology



Influenza (flu)


PH: 860.537.2313  FAX: 860.537.6258

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