School Nurse

Welcome to the EMS Health Office

  • Essex Middle School Health Office Policies:

    Dear Parent(s): All new entering students must have appropriate immunizations and they must be on file in the Health Office before school starts. You can obtain a yearly student health form online (opens in a new window.)

    When to stay home

    If your child complains of not feeling well in the morning and you are unsure whether to send him/her to school, check your child’s temperature. If there is a fever, 100 degrees or above, he/she should remain at home.

    If there is no fever and your child still complains of not feeling well, wait awhile and if he/she seems ok, bring him/her to school. It is better to bring your child in late than to have him/her get sick on the bus or while coming into school.

    Returning to school

    All students taking an antibiotic for a contagious condition must have been on medications a full 24 hours before returning to school e.g. (strep throat, pink eye, etc.)

    Also please inform the school nurse of any contagious diagnosis for health maintenance of the classroom.

    Picking up a sick child

    If your child is ill and we call you to pick them up from school, it is expected that you will come within a reasonable length of time which is 30-45 minutes. If you cannot leave work, arrangements must be made to have someone else come for them.

    Please list an emergency contact person. If we cannot reach you at your workplace, we will call the emergency contact to have your child picked up.

    All medications (including non-prescription) for students must be brought into the school by the parent, guardian or an adult. Students are not allowed to transport medication to and from school.

    Prescription medications will not be dispensed, unless we have a doctor’s order on file (downloadable form opens in a new window) detailing the name of the medication, dosage required and time to be given. The prescription bottle must also be labeled in the same way. The parent or guardian must cosign the order.

    Medication forms can be obtained from the nurse. New prescription medication orders are needed yearly at the start of the school year.