Please call the confidential absence line at 781-979-2115 if your child will be absent or late. Include child’s name, teacher and reason for absence. If your child will be late please indicate lunch need.
Medication and Administration at School
If your child requires medication to be kept at or administered at school please call/email the nurse immediately for school policy and required forms.
A signed Parent/Guardian Consent Form for Medication Administration Form from parent and a written Medication Order Form from your health care provider are required. Your provider may use his own medication order form. He can provide you with the medication order, or he can fax it to the nurse directly at 781-979-2120. Two wallet size photos of the child are required for identification purposes.
Medication must be brought to the Nurse by a parent or designated adult, and in a prescription-labeled pharmacy container including child’s name, dosage, name of medication and physician’s name. Do not send medication to school via a back pack. Medication must be in original pharmacy/manufacturer packaging with the pharmacy label attached. Prescribed medications are administered by the School Nurse and kept in the nurse’s office. Parents are to give other medication(s) at home before/after school if at all possible.
Inhalers/respiratory treatments for asthma are kept in the Nurse’s office. Parental Consent Forms, Medication Order Form AND an Asthma Action Form must be completed.
Confidential Student Health/Emergency Forms
Please return forms to the nurse as soon as completed. Forms provide information regarding emergency contacts, allergies, health issues, dietary restrictions, physician contact and medication needs. It is imperative to note food/substance allergies and any emergency medications Epi-Pens or inhalers that will be kept at school.
All students must present evidence of immunizations in compliance with the requirements of Mass. General laws, Ch. 76, Sec. 1, which specifically prohibits admitting a student to school without a physician’s certificate showing that the child has been successfully immunized against Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Polio, Hepatitis B, Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis, Haemophilus Influenza type B (HIB), and Varicella, unless religious or medical exemptions apply.
A physical exam completed within 12 months from the time of enrollment is also required for enrollment. Please present this to the nurse by the first day of school.
If your child will have his/her yearly physical over the summer, please present the most current physical exam with immunization record at the time or registration, and then kindly forward the new physical exam and immunization record when later completed.
Please contact the school nurse for questions or more information.
Providing a Nut-Free Learning Environment
The ECC is a completely nut-free learning environment. Sometimes there are children in school with food allergies. Your child has schoolmates who have a life threatening allergy to peanuts/nuts. An allergy to peanuts/nuts can result in a severe allergic reaction. It can occur instantaneously with any contact.
It is imperative a child with a nut allergy does not come into contact with any form of peanut/nut product. The child cannot ingest, inhale or touch peanuts/nuts, peanut/nut butter, peanut flour or peanut oils.
- Please send only peanut-free and nut-free snacks/lunches to school and check ingredient list of all snacks/lunches taken to school to verify that NO PEANUT or NUT products are contained within. Ingredient lists frequently change–please check each time food is sent to school.
- Do not send products labeled manufactured in a facility that also processes foods that contain nuts. Do not send products labeled may contain nuts.
- Children should NOT share their food with a classmate, though there are many other times we can encourage sharing! This will be discussed in class.
- If your child/visiting sibling ingests or touches a nut product before school, please have child wash hands/face and brush teeth before coming to school. Contact with any residue (taste, touch, inhalation) can trigger a reaction.
Foods Sent to School for Special Events
Over the past several years, the Melrose Public School system has worked hard to create a safer and healthier environment for our students. The city’s Health and Wellness Policy states that we will take measures to address healthy eating habits, as well as food allergies. As you may know, there has been an increase in students with life-threatening food allergies. With regard to nut allergies, we are a Nut/Peanut FREE School. No foods with Nuts/Peanuts will be allowed at school. Students are not allowed to share food with each other. In addition, please note the following:
- Curriculum related celebrations (including birthdays) incorporate non-food related learning activities.
- When using food or cooking connected to curriculum, the ingredients will be provided by the school.
- When a celebration includes a “treat” parents/guardians will supply their child with his/her own individual food.
All food coming in to the Franklin must be nut-free. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.