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Dear Parent/Guardian

Welcome to the Windsor Public Schools Health Services, The Nurse’s Office. We provide each school with registered nurses who have expertise in school health and pediatric care. State of Connecticut mandated screening, immunization compliance and mandated physical examinations are managed and documented by your school nurses.

We ask parents/guardians to notify their school nurse if their child has any medical problems, e.g. allergies, chronic illness, vision or hearing difficulties, recent surgery, experiencing a stressful situation, etc. (see contact information) The school nurse will work with the child’s physician, parents, and other school personnel to meet special health needs in school so that the child may benefit from his/her educational program.

All medications are administered by the school nurse during school hours. Only FDA approved medications are administered. Metered-dose inhalers, insulin pumps and Epi pens may be self-administered/self-carried with the appropriate completed forms. District policy does not permit students to self-administer over-the-counter or prescribed medication during school (not including inhalers, insulin pumps or Epi-pen). A Medication Authorization form signed by the child’s physician and parent/guardian signature is required by the State of Connecticut School Health Laws for all medications given during school hours. Medication forms are available here on the website in the forms link.

Sincerely,

Julii DeNigris RN, BSN, MS                                                    Nursing Supervisor

Windsor Public Schools

CONNECTICUT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Connecticut law states that no one may attend school without the medical documents identified below, unless written exemption is given on medical or religious grounds.

The Health Assessment form is mandatory for Pre-School, Kindergarten, Grade 6th, Grade 10. Physicals must have the doctor’s signature AND stamp.

Required Physical Exams

New Students to the District:

ALL new students (including kindergarteners) must show proof of having received both a series of required immunizations (link to forms) and a recent (within 12 months) physical examination by a physician licensed to practice in the USA.

Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 10 Students:

ALL Preschool, Kindergarten, grade 6 and grade 10 students are required to provide proof of a physical exam completed during the school year. Immunization update required.

High School athletes participating in interscholastic sports require a sports physical within 13 months of participation in sport.

Religious Exemption: Public Act 15-242, CT General Statute10-204a effective July 1, 2015:

The state legislature amended the statute governing immunization exemptions in 3 ways:

  • To claim an immunization exemption based on religious beliefs, a child’s parent or guardian must present a statement that such immunization would be contrary to the religious beliefs of the child or the parent/guardian of the child.
  • The statement, using the form provided (link to forms) here within, must be acknowledged by a judge or family support magistrate, a clerk, deputy clerk of a court having a seal, a town clerk, a notary public, a justice of the peace or an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut.
  • The amended statute requires the statement to be present before a child can be enrolled in any public or non-public school program AND before a student can enter the 7th (seventh) grade.

Required Health Screenings:

  • Vision: Kindergarten, grades 1,3,4 and 5
  • Hearing: Kindergarten, grades 1,3,4 and 5
  • Scoliosis: Females in grades 5 and 7; Males in grade 9