School Nurse

Sandi Delack, School Nurse
(401) 233-1930 x.2799

Past President of the National Association of School Nurses!

Health Reminders from the Nurse

7th Grade Students:

ALL students entering grade 7  must submit a copy of a recent physical exam performed by their health care provider. In addition, all 7th graders are required to receive a dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), a dose of meningococcal vaccine, and a 1st dose of HPV vaccine. Students who have not received these vaccines by January 1st of their 7th grade year will be excluded from school. Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions about these requirements.
8th Grade Students
All 8th grade students are required to receive a 2nd dose of HPV vaccine. It is suggested that this dose be given 6 months following the first dose.

Medications in School:

Just a reminder that a doctor's order is required for ALL medication to be taken in school, including inhalers that are self-carried  by students. Please notify the nurse of any medication your child requires in school and she will assist you with the appropriate consent forms. You may download a medication consent form by clicking on the Medication Consent Form link above. Please see the Medication Administration policy below.

Health Services

Health Examinations
  1. A health examination is required of all students upon school entry and upon entering grade 7.  Please have your family health care provider complete the health exam form and return it to the school nurse-teacher.   The examination must be current (within the calendar year) to be valid.
  2. A health examination is required for any student who participates in a school sports program.  The examination must be current (within the calendar year) to be valid.
Health Screenings
  1. Rhode Island Law requires the school department to provide annual screenings for vision in grade 7 and scoliosis in grades 6, 7, and 8.  
  2. It is our goal to conduct these screenings as early in the school year as possible in order to identify potential problems.  Screening begins in the fall and will continue throughout the year until all screenings are complete.
  3. To avoid duplication of services, if your child has any of these screenings completed by his/her primary health care provider, please have the health care provider forward the results to the school.  If we do not have this information for your child, we will include your child for the particular screening according to Rhode Island Law.  School nurse-teachers and school medical personnel conduct these screenings.
Immunization Requirements
  1. The immunization regulations of the Rhode Island State Department of Health in accordance with the provisions of Title 16 of the General Laws of Rhode Island shall prevail.
  2. In cases of non-compliance, parents/ guardians will be notified in writing that their child will be excluded from school until they provide proof of appropriate immunization.  
  3. All students entering 7th grade must have had received the following vaccines:

    • Tdap booster within 5 years prior to entering Grade 7
    • 2 doses of Varicella vaccine
    • 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine

Health Records
  1. A complete, cumulative health record shall be maintained for each student.  From time to time, it may be necessary to request medical information from the parent/guardian to update these records.  Whenever a student transfers to another school building or school system, the school health record shall be transferred to the health personnel of the school building or school system to which the student is transferring.
Health Issues
  1. Students with fever, diarrhea, or vomiting should remain at home.  Temperatures should be normal for 24 hours after a fever before a student returns to school.  In cases of communicable illnesses such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), Strep throat, or pediculosis (head lice) the student may not return to school until treatment is sought and the student has been on medication to control the health problem.


Emergency cards will be sent home to parents during the first two weeks of the school year.  Please fill them out and return to school with enough information to allow us to contact a responsible person (parent/guardian, relative or friend) when your child is ill or there is an emergency at school.  


It is expected that parents will notify the school personnel of any life-threatening health problem that a student may have.  School personnel should be made aware by parents of a child that has specific allergies and food reactions. Students with these specific allergies (i.e. Bee stings, nuts, and latex) should have their medication available at school.

Medication Administration

Except for emergency medication, only school nurse-teachers may administer medication in school.  Medication will be administered in compliance with the Johnston Public Schools Health Services Policy and Procedure for Medication Administration.  Before medication may be given to a student in school, the following criteria must be met:
  1. Parent/guardian must sign a medication consent form. The licensed health care provider must complete the Medication Consent Form or submit a written request with the same information.
  2. Both prescription and non-prescription medication to be given in school must be ordered by the child's health care provider.  This includes any order for headache or pain relievers such as but not limited to Tylenol, Advil, Aleve or their generic equivalents.
  3. Medication must be in the original labeled container.  Prescription labels must include the patient's name, prescription number; name of medication, dosage, doctor's name and date.
  4. Except for emergency medication, medication shall be stored in a locked area.
  5. Standing orders for medication to be dispensed by the school nurse-teacher may be written at the discretion of the school physician.
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