Fenwick Health and Wellness
Our students' health and well-being are of particular priority here at Fenwick.
The Nursing office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The office is located across from the main office. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail with questions or concerns.
Physical Exams and Immunizations
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires physical examinations and immunizations for school-age children. A complete physical examination must include a list of all immunizations required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Bishop Fenwick requires a complete physical exam upon entrance to the 9th grade or for any incoming transfer student. The law and regulations provide for exclusion of students from school if immunizations are not up to date, but permit exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Under law, students may be excluded from school if these important medical records are not in place. Students participating in school-sponsored sports must have an up-to-date physical exam on file at all times that covers the applicable season.
Emergency Medical Forms
It is important that we have an emergency form on file in the nursing office. A new medical form is sent home at the beginning of the school year to be filled out by a parent or guardian. Please make sure this form is filled out and sent back to the school nurse before the beginning of the school year.
Administration of Medications Policy
The school nurse is responsible for the administration of all medications. For “over the counter” meds, the school nurse will follow protocols set by the Board of Registration in nursing. With parent/guardian permission in place the nurse can administer the following over the counter medications as needed: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, antacid, Dipenhydramine (Benadryl). Parents/guardian should indicate their consent on the medication permission form. For daily or routine medications the permission form must be completed and on file in the health office before any medication is administered. Whenever possible, medication should be scheduled at times other than during school hours. All medication must be delivered by the parent/guardian in the original container and labeled with the student’s name. No more than a 30-day school supply of the medication for a student shall be stored at the school. Prescription medication must be in a pharmacy-labeled container with full prescription instructions on the label. Self-administration of medication may be allowed under certain circumstances, but only after consultation with the school nurse, e.g. asthma inhalers and Epinepherine auto injectors.
Medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.