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Welcome to the Sargent School Health Office

“Warm Weather Greetings from the Health Office”

May 2018

With our transition to spring weather, I wanted to share some safety/health issues with all of you.


Ticks are out in full force this year!  If a child comes to my office with a tick adhered to him or her, the tick is removed and a parent or guardian will be notified.  If a tick is found crawling on a child, it is removed and discarded, but we typically do not call.

Should you find a tick on your child, it is usually suggested that it be removed by clasping the head of the tick with tweezers, and then clean the site thoroughly with an antiseptic.

In approximately two-thirds of those individuals infected with Lyme disease, a rash will develop at the site from two days to several weeks after the bite.  The rash typically expands from a small red spot to a reddish circle surrounding the site, commonly described as a bull’s eye. Other early symptoms include flu-like symptoms.  Should you be concerned about your child’s possible exposure to a deer tick infected with Lyme’s disease or have concerns about a lesion, contact your child’s primary care provider.

Asthma and Allergies

If your child suffers from seasonal allergies and may need intervention from the nurse, please call me or send a note.  A reminder that any medication, over the counter or prescription, requires a parent permission form to be completed and a physician order, if it is to be administered in school.  


It is often difficult during the spring allergy season to differentiate between conjunctivitis and eyes that are irritated from the pollen in the air.

Conjunctivitis is an infection of the eye, usually caused by a bacteria or a virus, and is contagious. Symptoms are: redness and/or a "veiny" appearance of the white of the eye; a watery or mucus-like discharge, which causes crusting of the eyelid, especially noticeable in the morning; and in some cases, complaints of an itching or burning sensation in the eye. If you notice symptoms of conjunctivitis, especially crusting of the eye, please keep your child home and contact your physician. The usual treatment is an antibiotic ointment or drops. If your child is diagnosed with conjunctivitis, he/she may return to school after being treated for 24 hours.

Also if your child needs eye drops to control allergy symptoms, even if the medication is over the counter, a doctor’s order and a parental permission form must be provided in order for the medication to be given at school.

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

School Nurses

Contact Information

Sargent Elementary School 
300 Abbott Street 
North Andover, MA 01845 

978-738-1302 - School Nurse
978-725-3673 - Main Number 
978-725-3678 - Main Office Fax

When should you keep your child home from school? Please see the
Reasons for Dismissal/Exclusion