- The School Health Division is staffed by professional school nurses and health assistants committed to the youth of Manchester.
- 2019-2020 School Nurse Listing
- School nurses share in the day to day responsibility of protecting the health of individuals in the Manchester Schools and in the community. They are responsible for determining health status of students, promoting healthy behaviors, identifying unmet health needs, and providing interventions to meet those challenges.
- The services provided by school nurses meet the objectives of the Health Department for disease prevention, health promotion and community health planning activities. They provide ongoing health supervision for all public school children in pre-school through grade 12.
The School Health Staff:
- Believes that each child has the right to access school health services, whenever needed.
- Believes that a solid partnership must be maintained with families on behalf of the child.
- Believes the family is most important in the development, implementation and evaluation of each child's school health plan. Parents or guardians are informed of state regulations for immunizations and physical examinations and of health services available in the community.
- Believes the nurse is a caring professional and will respect the confidentiality of the student/client while functioning as a student advocate within the school, family and community setting.
- Believes that school nurses are health teachers by virtue of their experience/education and as defined by the New Hampshire Nurse Practice Act. Health teaching or health counseling occurs in the Health Offices, in classrooms, and with families.
School Health Services
First Aid and Illness Care:
- The school nurse provides emergency care for illness and injuries. Using physical assessment skills, the school nurse will determine the nature of the illness or injury and initiate appropriate interventions.
- Parents will be notified if necessary.
- Health records are maintained on each student.
- These records are confidential and kept throughout your child’s school career. Health records include information on immunizations, physical examination reports and individualized health condition plans.
- Screenings are completed according to the NH Department of Education recommendations.
- These include vision, hearing testing, height/weight, and Body Mass Index, dental or oral exam and general health assessment and history information.
- If you wish that your child be exempt from any screenings please notify your school nurse.
Health Education and Health Counseling:
- Individual and classroom health education is provided in each school on nutrition, heart health, growth, development, and general health maintenance.
- Counseling for health concerns is provided for students and their parents as needs occur.
- The School Nurse follows up on health problems and will make referrals to appropriate agencies as needed. With the parent’s permission, the school nurse will consult with the child’s primary health care provider (or outside agency).
Care of Children with Special Health Care Concerns and the Individual Student School Health Plan:
- Enrollment of students with health care needs in the school setting presents a challenge to students, families, and school staff.
- The school nurse acts a partner with families and providers to help create a plan when some children require special health care during the school day.
- A school health plan is developed to meet the individual health needs of students with special health concerns.
- If your child has a chronic illness (such as asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, seizures) please meet with the school nurse to develop the best Health Plan for managing health needs during the school day.
- If a child needs to take medication during the school day the nurse is available to administer it.
- Medications must be in the original prescription bottle labeled with the student’s name.
- All medications (prescribed and over the counter medications) require written parent permission and a written physician/healthcare provider order.
- Please contact your school nurse for the required forms or see our link to forms at the left of this page.
School Entry Requirements
Student Medication or Procedure Permission Order Form
Student Health History with Medical Release
Student Medical Registration Requirement Guide for Parents/Guardians
New Hampshire School Immunization Requirements 2019-2020
Children must have proof of all required immunizations, documentation of immunity, or valid exemptions, in order to be admitted or enrolled in any school in New Hampshire. Documentation of immunity by confirming laboratory test is acceptable for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis B.
A child may be "conditionally" enrolled when the parent or guardian provides:
1) Documentation of at least one dose for each required vaccine; AND
2) The appointment date for the next dose of required vaccine.
All immunizations must meet minimum age and interval requirements for each vaccine. A 4-day grace period is allowed; however, live attenuated vaccines (MMR, Varicella, or nasal influenza vaccine) that are not administered on the same day must be administered at least 28 days apart.
Medical and religious exemptions have specific requirements. Information is available at: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/exemptions.htm
See additional School Health Forms for more information.
- Please contact your child's health care provider to obtain the required immunizations.
- If your child does not have a health care provider, immunizations may be obtained at no cost at:
Manchester Health Department 1528 Elm Street on the following days and times.
Monday 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- A parent or legal guardian must accompany persons under 18 years of age.
- PLEASE BRING YOUR CURRENT IMMUNIZATION RECORD WITH YOU
Injury and Illness Management
- All school personnel have a responsibility to provide and foster a safe and healthful school environment. Injury and Illness Management
- A complete set of guidelines and policies are established to handle emergencies and most common childhood complaints.
- In the event of injury or sudden illness the school nurse and/or a designated staff person is responsible for providing emergency care.
- The school nurse directs necessary interventions and notifies parents and the school administration.
- In an extreme emergency the school nurse and building administrator may make arrangements for immediate transportation of an injured or ill student to the Emergency Room, contacting parents or guardians in advance if at all possible.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, First Aid, and AED certification classes are offered throughout the school year.
- These classes, open to any school staff member and city employee, are taught by the Certified School Nurse staff.
- To register, please call the West High School Nurse at (603) 624-6386.
- Protecting the health and welfare of all children in the classroom is our primary concern.
- The school nurse will use professional judgment to determine if it is necessary to dismiss any child from school for injury or illness.
- The school nurse may exclude any child from attending class who presents with symptoms of a contagious disease that poses a significant risk to other students or staff.
- No young child who is ill or injured shall be sent home alone and older children may be dismissed home alone if the injury/illness is minor and a parent or guardian has been notified.
Should I Send My Child To School?
- Parents are frequently faced with the decision of whether or not they should send a child to school. Here are some "illness indicators" to keep in mind.
- Children with fevers of 100.0 degrees F or above are generally not feeling well and should stay at home.
- Most fevers indicate the bodies’ response to illness.
- Most children with a fever feel sick.
- Children must be fever for 24 hours without having to take any fever reducing medication.
- Rest at home until fever is gone is the best plan and then return to school.
- If a fever lasts longer than 3-4 days, does not respond to over-the–counter fever medicines, or is accompanied by other severe symptoms, you are advised to call your health provider.
- Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, are clear signs that children need to stay home.
- If your child has vomited or experienced diarrhea during the night, please do not send your child to school.
- They must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Severe cramping with diarrhea or nausea with vomiting that lasts for several hours may cause dehydration, especially in small children.
- During periods of acute illness, sipping water or sucking on ice cubes may be useful.
- If a child appears very sluggish, pale, sweaty, or the skin is red and hot, contact your health provider for more instructions.
- Colds are caused by viruses causing headache, runny nose and cough and last for 5-7 days.
- Transmission is by hand to hand contact and through the air after sneezing and coughing.
- Viruses can live on surfaces of objects for many hours and are very contagious.
- Children can be uncomfortable the first few days but then start to feel better.
- However, call your health provider if your child has symptoms of:
- severe congestion accompanied by fever and headaches, and lasting more than 10 days;
- a cough that keeps a child (and you) awake for a few nights;
- nasal discharge lasting longer than 10 days, that is dark green or yellow, thick and foul smelling;
- severe ear pain; very sore throat that makes it difficult to swallow;
- yellow or green eye discharge with redness; skin under the nose that becomes scabbed or crusted yellow.
- Strep Throat, Sore Throat and Scarlet Fever
- Children should be treated by a health care provider, and may not attend school until he/she is on antibiotics and without a fever for at least 24 hours.
- One Final Note: Instruct your child to use and dispose of tissues promptly, wash hands often, and consider keeping your child home in the first day or two.
- Some contagious diseases that necessitate a child’s exclusion from school are: chicken pox, strep (streptococcal) infections of throat/skin; influenza; conjunctivitis caused by bacteria; contagious skin rashes, such as impetigo; and others (as determined by NH Department of Health and Human Services; communicable disease guidelines He-p 301.02.
School Head Lice
- Identify head lice by the presence of live lice or nits and contacting parents.
- Educate parents, families and community on head lice prevention.
- The best way for schools to get control of lice is for every parent to check every child frequently, and report to the school if lice or nits are found.
- Schools are only one place your child may contact lice: consider other places where your child is in contact with other children such as baby sitters, child care, church, clubs, family visits, sleepovers.
- These are all possible places where lice can spread.
- Treat with a medicated shampoo as directed.
- Remove all nits with comb or fingernails.
- Wash clothing, bedding, etc, in HOT water and pack away non-washable items for 2 weeks.
- Check heads daily for at least a week for nits and remove nits .If you see live lice, do not repeat the lice shampoo.
- Repeat treatment in 7-10 days (as directed).
- Let your school nurse know! - and call with questions!