“School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success and life long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development, promote health and safety, intervene with actual and potential health problems, provide case management services and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.” -National Association of School Nurses
Westford Academy Nurses’ Clinic Office
(978) 692-5570 X2115 Fax: (978) 392-2296
Joan Mitchell, RN, BS, Med Kathy Bourdeau, RN
both nurses can be reached at:
School nurses in Westford collaborate with the school physicians:Dr. Joan Eagan and Dr. James Sheehy to provide confidential and prompt first aid, illness assessment, nursing care, referrals and health teaching.
While it is important for children to be in school as much as possible, please keep them home with a fever over 100, a disruptive cough or cold, or if they have been vomiting or had diarrhea. They may return to school 24 hours after the fever breaks or the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.
Screenings: If you NOT want your student screened please inform the school nurses at the beginning of the school year.
9th Grade Parents: Scoliosis screening is done on all 9th grade students. If you receive a letter from us it means that the school nurse has recommended that your child follow-up with their own physician. Please return the referral forms to us as soon as you can. If your child is already under medical care you can call us and we will add the information to their medical record.
10th Grade Parents: All students are screened for height, weight, BMI, vision and hearing. These tests are done over a period of time throughout the year as to not impact on the student’s ‘time on learning’. If your student tells you they did not pass the vision test please go ahead and make an appointment for them to see an eye care specialist. Contact the school nurse in you do NOT want your child screened.
Height, Weight and BMI are done on all students. Please notify the nurses if you do not want your child screened.
10th Grade Parents: All students are required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Massachusetts Department of Public Health to have an up to date physical on file in the 10th grade. This physical can be dated anytime after August 1, 2016. Please have your child bring the physical to the clinic. We will send letters out in October if we have not received a physical from your student.
12th Grade Parents: Students will be given their complete medical record at graduation practice. Please keep this information in a safe place since they may need it for college, military and/or employment.
- If your child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy, please notify the school nurse. You will need to provide the completed Allergy Action Plan pages 1-3, to the school nurse (these can be downloaded from this site). We recommend that you provide TWO EpiPens® for your child in the event that your child needed a second dose of Epinephrine before the ambulance was able to get to your child.
- It is required that all allergy paperwork be completed and an EpiPen® on hand to participate in any school field trips.
- If your child’s physician deems your child to no longer have a life-threatening allergy, please bring documentation of this change from your child’s physician to the school nurse.
A medication administration plan should be developed with the nurse, including plans for field trips.
Parent/legal guardians should retrieve all medications at the end of the school year or they will be disposed of on the last day of school.
According to WPS Policy 5503, the school nurse is the only person allowed to administer medication to students in Westford Public Schools. Medications are kept in the Nurses’ Clinic with the exception of emergency medication such as inhalers and EpiPens® which students should carry at all times.
If a prescription medication is to be given at school, it must be in the pharmacy bottle with the prescription label attached. Please download the Medication Administration Orders from the "forms" link on this webpage. Please bring the completed Medication Administration Orders to the nurses' clinic with the prescription.
An adult must bring in all psychotropic medications to the school. By law, students are not allowed to carry any psychotropic meds on their person at any time.
Cold and cough medicines are not supplied in the nurse’s clinic, however, parents may bring in cough or cold medicine from home along with a note. We encourage all students with seasonal allergies to take their allergy medicine before they come to school.
If you would like us to administer any medication to your child the parent/legal guardian must send a note to the nurse with the following information:
- All medication must be in the original package and if it is a prescription medication you can ask the pharmacist for a school pharmacy bottle
- The student’s full name and grade.
- The parent/legal guardian’s printed name and a phone number where you can be reached.
- List the medication the student is currently receiving.
- Approval giving the school nurse permission to administer the medication.
- The time that the medication should be administered.
Sports Physicals (please add sports health physical form link here)
According to MIAA rules, all students participating in school sports must pass a physical examination within 13 months of their last physical. Please mail or bring in a copy of your child’s physical, to the nurse’s clinic.
Emergency cards are distributed to all students on the first day of school. It is very important that this card is completed and promptly returned to school. Complete information is necessary to ensure your child’s health and safety while at school. All information is confidential. Please provide insurance information to verify student health care coverage. If a child becomes ill or is injured at school, we will attempt to notify the parent/guardian. However, if this is not possible, emergency contacts listed on the reverse side of the emergency card will be notified and the student will be released to them. Please make sure your emergency contacts are local and known to your child. Please also inform your emergency contacts that they will need to provide proper identification, such as a driver’s
license, so that your child may be safely released to their care. In the case of a life-threatening illness or injury, the student will be transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Please update any necessary information during the school year, including change in phone numbers and change in employment, so that we are able to contact you in the event of an emergency.