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Health & Nursing Services

Please see the staff directory to find your school nurse's contact information.
Arlington Public Schools Health Services Department continually provides nursing services that promote optimal wellness for students, families and staff to ensure educational success. We strive to empower students and staff in the promotion of health and wellness through professional practice and education.

Student Attendance During Illness

There are times when a student should remain at home for their own welfare and the
protection of other students. Your student should remain at home if they have:
  • Uncontrollable and/or productive cough
  • Fever over 100.0 degrees fahrenheit within past 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within past 24 hours
  • Sore throat and swollen glands
  • Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions
  • Earache, severe headache or drainage from eyes
Students should remain home for 24 hours after an acute illness or after starting antibiotics for a diagnosed infection. They should also be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc). These absences can be excused with a note from a student's health care provider.

Medication Policies

If the student requires epinephrine (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, etc.) and/or an Individual Health Care Plan (for ex. Asthma, Life Threatening Allergies, Diabetes, Seizure Disorder), please contact the school nurse as soon as possible to discuss and have the appropriate forms signed. You or a responsible adult whom you designate should deliver the medicines to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer-labeled container. Please ask your pharmacist to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a thirty-day supply of medicine should be delivered to school. Parents/guardians must provide consent at the beginning of every school year for their student to receive over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Daily Medication:

In order to ensure the health and safety of students requiring medication during the school day, the following procedures must be followed:

  • The Health Office requires that the following forms be completed and returned to the nurse before medication is given at school:
    • Signed consent by the parent/guardian to give the medication
    • Medication order signed by the student’s physician. The medication order should be taken to your student’s licensed prescriber (doctor, nurse practitioner) for completion and returned to the school nurse. This order must be renewed as needed and at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Here is the link to the Medication Permission forms

Short-Term Prescription Medication:

No medication should be brought to school, unless prescribed to be given at school. In order to protect all students, the following procedure is used when a student must take a medication during school hours on a short-term basis:

  1. Parents/guardians are requested to ask the physician if it is possible to prescribe the medication other than during school hours.
  2. If the medication must be taken during the school hours, the parent/guardian will provide no more than a 10 day supply.
  3. The accurate dose will be sent in a container labeled by the pharmacy with the following information: name of student, name and dosage of medication, date prescribed, and name of prescribing physician.
  4. The parent/guardian will send a note/email to the nurse giving permission to take the medication as prescribed. The school nurse or designee will dispense the medication.  
  5. If the medication is for more than ten days a form will be sent home to be completed by the MD and returned to the nurse.
  6. Over the counter medications are not encouraged to be administered in school, except in unusual circumstances and only by the nurse with written permission.
  7. Metered dose inhalers prescribed for Asthma and epinephrine prescribed to prevent anaphylaxis may be carried by a student and self-administered with written permission and after discussion with the school nurse.
  8. Students are not allowed to have medications in their possession at school,   unless they have permission for self-administration per the discretion of the school nurse and in compliance with MDPH medication administration regulations 105 CMR 210.000.