News from the Nurse

Stethoscope and apple News from the NAMS Nurse

Welcome back to school. Hope everyone had a healthy, happy summer. Please know that periodically there will be information regarding health issues that might be of interest.

Please visit the Health Services website for district wide school health information and updates, or use the navigation on the left.

Seasonal Allergy Alert

Allergy season is upon us and this year the pollen counts are extremely high. If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, it is important they take their medications, nasal sprays and/or eye drops everyday before school. The nurse's office is limited in what we can offer your child for relief.

Seasonal allergy symptoms: sneezing, itchy nose, eyes and/or throat, nasal cogestion, clear runny nose, coughing.

Avoidance is always the 1st step; shower and change clothes after spending time outdoors. This helps keep pollen off your body. Over the counter antihistamines along with eyedrops and nasal sprays for sinus congestion will help relieve the symptoms.


Students entering 7th grade are required to have a booster dose of Tdap Vaccine along with a 2nd Chicken Pox Vaccine. Please send documentation of these vaccines to the Health Office. 

Also, be advised that students are required to submit one physical exam while attending the middle school. Please contact your child's physician and make arrangements for him/her to receive their immunization and or physical exam before the start of the school year. Send physician documented dates to the Health Office before the start of the school year or anytime thereafter. Fore more information about entry requirements, see the Parent Health Information page

Thank you for your cooperation with this important matter.

Our goal in the health office is to see that students at NAMS are enjoying optimum health.

Reasons for Dismissal / Exclusion
  1. Temperature over 100 degrees (oral temperature)
  2. Cough with fever
  3. Suspected infection of eye, ears, nose, throat, skin, scalp (unless under physician’s care for 24 hours)
  4. Severe headache or abdominal pain
  5. Suspected communicable disease and/or rash of unknown origin
  6. Suspected fracture or any severe or disabling injury
  7. Questionable need for sutures
  8. Vomiting or diarrhea
  9. Severe head injury 
  10. Suspected pediculosis (head lice)
Please keep us apprised of any serious injuries or illnesses along with any contagious illnesses such as Strep Throat.

One physical exam is required while your child attends middle school. Also, prior to entering 7th grade, students are required to show documentation that they have received a tetanus booster if the last one is more than 5 years ago.

Students are not permitted to carry their own medications except for the following:
  1. Students with diabetes are permitted to keep all their diabetic supplies with them.
  2. Students with asthma are permitted to carry their inhalers with them.
  3. Students with severe allergies are permitted to carry their epi-pens with them.
  4. Students with Cystic Fibrosis are permitted to carry their enzymes with them.
Please send to the health office the necessary medical orders from your child’s pediatrician when they are prescribed medication for any of the above mentioned reasons or if they will be needing to take medication in the health office during the school day.

Annual Screenings for NAMS students

Scoliosis Screening
Scoliosis screening is done on all 6th, 7th and 8th graders during PE class. You will receive a letter from the health office if your child needs further evaluation. If you do not want your child to participate in this program please send a doctor's note showing that he/she was screened for scoliosis by the doctor prior to the screening day. The note should go to the nurse.

Vision and Hearing Screening
All 7th grade students will have vision/hearing screening. Again, you will receive a letter from the health office if your child needs further evaluation.

Heights and weights with BMI calculation*
All 7th graders will have their height, weight and BMI calculated.

*Please know that if you prefer not to have your child participate in the BMI screening you need to send a written note to the nurse prior September 30.

 Nursing Staff 

Elizabeth Hassanein MS, RN
Kathleen Pease BSN, RN

North Andover Middle School 
495 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845

978-557-7902 - School Nurse 
978-794-1870 - Main Office Phone
978-794-3619 - Main Office Fax

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