Welcome to the Anne Bradstreet ECC Health Office

Hello ABECC Families,

We are so excited to work with all of the kindergarten and preschool students this year.  As you know, children sometimes need reminders to share with their friends, but one thing they never have a hard time sharing is germs!  We look forward to working with them in their classrooms about proper hand washing techniques, cough etiquette, and dental hygiene.

We are here to help keep all children healthy and support them when they are not feeling well.   


Please help us keep all of our little friends healthy by keeping your student home when they are ill.  Students should not come to school if they have:

  • Temperature (taken by mouth) greater than 100 degrees
  • Cough with fever
  • Any unexplained vomiting episode. May return 24 hours after the last episode.
  • Diarrhea which is three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools. May return 24 hours after last episode.
  • Any new rash accompanied by a fever. May return after rash goes away or written clearance given by a health care provider.
  • Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities OR student is requiring more care than school can safely provide.

Children must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school. According to school policy, if a child is being treated for a contagious illness or condition such as strep throat or impetigo, they must complete a full 24 hours of antibiotics before

returning to school.

WHEN TO CALL THE SCHOOL NURSE Please contact the school nurse if your child

  • has a contagious disease, such as strep throat, flu, or chicken pox. This information will help us take necessary steps to protect the health of other students. 
  • is hospitalized 
  • is excused from physical education. 
  • has an injury or illness that may require accommodations during the school day. Examples: 
    • An injury that restricts mobility (e.g., casts, crutches, wheelchairs) 
    • An illness that affects a child's ability to function in school for a full day such as a concussion, infectious mononucleosis (mono), Lyme disease, or recent surgery


Medications (both prescription and over-the-counter drugs) should not be taken during school hours if it is possible to administer them at home.  If your child requires a medication to be given during the school day, it must be brought in by an adult.  Please do NOT send medications in via backpack! We have standing orders for some medications (acetaminophen and ibuprofen) which we may administer as needed in school after consulting with a parent/guardian. For all other medications we need to have signed parent permission and an MD order. These forms can be found on the district website www.northandoverpublicschools.com under Health Services.


Healthy eyes and vision are very important to a child’s early development and education.  Growing children constantly use their eyes, both at play and in the classroom. Often vision problems in children are not obvious.  Poor vision can cause headaches, fatigue, and may cause children to be more distracted in class. Vision screening is the best way to catch problems early.  In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Health policies, we screen children annually in grades K-5, then again in grade 7 and grade 10. We also screen all of our preschool students.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of instrument based screening for children up to age 5.  This year, all kindergarten and preschool students will be tested using the Spot Vision Screener. This is a hand held device that takes a series of photos of the child’s eyes. By analyzing those images, the machine determines if the eye measurements are "in range" or "out of range."    

Kindergarten students will also have their hearing screened.  

These screenings are not diagnostic. If your child does not pass the school vision or hearing screening, you will be notified that your child needs to be referred to a specialist for further evaluation. It is important to make an appointment and return the referral form to the nurse's office when completed so that we can keep your child's health record up to date and make any recommended educational accommodations.

If you would like to exclude your child from any of these screenings, please send a note to the school nurse.


Our goal is to have our students outside for recess whenever possible.   If it is raining, snowing, or extreme cold the students will stay in for recess.  Otherwise, please prepare for the students to go out.   They should be dressed appropriately for the weather.  Proper footwear is also very important for this age group.  Closed toe sneakers/shoes are much better for moving around on the playground.  Jackets, hats, gloves and even snow pants and boots should be worn when needed. 

HEAD LICE: Children must be treated and checked by the school nurse before returning to school. Prevention is the key to controlling this pesky problem. Please inspect your child's hair frequently and call the school nurse if you have any questions.

For information about entry requirements and other health related news, please consult the Dept. links on the left.

Feel free to call us in the health office with any questions.  We wish everyone a happy and healthy school year!

Barbara Anne Donovan, BSN, RN, NCSN

Karen Doody, BSN, RN

 Nursing Staff 

Barbara Ann Donovan, BSN, RN, NCSN
Karen Doody, BSN, RN

Anne Bradstreet Early Childhood Ctr 
115 Phillips Brooks Road
North Andover, MA 01845

978-794-1577 - Main Number
978-738-1324 - Main Office Fax

When should you keep your child home from school?

Please see the