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Sargent Nurse

Welcome to the Sargent School Health Office


I hope all you Sargent Sharks had a fun filled summer vacation.  I look forward to seeing you all soon!  

Here are a few helpful reminders for getting Back to School ready. 

Health Information Updates
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.

Medication Policies and Forms

If your child has a chronic medical condition (such as allergies, asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, etc), please click on Health Services page for more information about nursing care and medications at school.


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 (NAPS Health forms)s. 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.

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.

 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

When should you keep your child home from school?

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