Welcome to the Anne Bradstreet ECC Health Office

Hello ABECC Families,                                                                        10/16/2018

As we could all feel this morning the weather is changing.  Our goal is to have our students outside for recess when ever possible.   If it is raining, snowing, or extreme cold the students will stay in for recess.  Otherwise you can always prepare for the students to go out.   Please remember to have them dress appropriately for the weather.  Jackets, hats, gloves and even snow pants and boots should be worn when needed. 

Vision screenings are complete and if your child did not pass you would have received both a phone call and paper work for a referral.  The hearing screenings will begin this week.  If your  child has any difficulty with the screening we will let you know.  

Have a great week.

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

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 handwashing 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

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Suspected infection of eyes, ears, skin, or scalp

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.


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.  We require an MD order and signed parent permission for all other meds.


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.

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 were 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.  

While we do pick up vision or hearing issues during the screenings, these screenings do not replace the  diagnostic exam performed by an eye doctor or audiologist. 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

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

Early Childhood Center
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
Reasons for Dismissal/Exclusion