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Welcome to the Sargent School Health Office


To help raise awareness about the risks of overexposure from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays the North Andover Health Department has teamed up with IMPACT Melanoma and is sponsoring sunscreen dispensers at select locations in town.


The Friday before Memorial Day, now designated as “Don’t Fry Day”, is a great time to start practicing sun safety and protecting your skin. 

For more information on dispenser locations, sunscreen ingredients, and sun safety tips click on the SUNSCREEN tab at

Sargent Health Office Tips for Parents

Dear Parents:

The school nurse is present in your child's school to be a connection between home and school regarding health concerns and to serve as a health resource to you and your child. The school nurse completes state mandated screenings and provides nursing care for accidents, illnesses and other medical situations. The school nurse is also there to assist in promoting good health and in maintaining a healthy, safe environment for staff and
students. Please feel free to contact your child's school nurse with any health concerns or questions you may have at 978-738-1302. The information below will help us to work together to provide a healthy school environment. Please save this guide to use as a reference throughout the school year. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

HEALTH INFORMATION UPDATE Let the nurse know of any changes in emergency contact information or a change in your child's health during the school year. Please update information on Powerschool.

HEALTH CARE PLANS Please notify the School Nurse (yearly) of any medical condition which may cause an emergency situation with your child (e.g. allergic reactions to food, insect bites or medications; asthma; diabetes; seizures). The School Nurse will work with you in developing a care plan to meet your child's health needs.

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
In order to provide the healthiest school environment possible, please do not send your child to school when symptoms of illness are present.
  • A fever of 100ºF or higher. Children may return to school when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT use of fever reducing medicine)
  • 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.
  • Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
  • Any new rash accompanied by a fever. May return after rash goes away or written clearance given by a health care provider.
  • Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores are increasing in size OR new sores are developing day-to-day.
  • Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities OR student is requiring more care than school can safely provide.
Please notify the school nurse if your child contracts any communicable diseases, including but not limited to: chicken pox, conjunctivitis, Fifth's disease, gastroenteritis, influenza, impetigo, measles, mononucleosis, mumps, scabies, scarlet fever, strep throat
and whooping cough.

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.

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 medications must be taken during the school day, please contact the school nurse for the appropriate forms or down-load the forms from the district website. select Health Services. A physician's order is required for all prescription and non-prescription drugs. All drugs must be in a pharmacy labeled container. Ask the pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. Medications must be brought into school by a parent or guardian, never with the child.

 School Nurse 

Dana Woodford, BSN, RN

Sargent Elementary School 
300 Abbott Street
North Andover, MA 01845

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

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