Notes from Health Services

COVID-19 links

Complete health and safety handbook at www.gordonschool.org/healthsafety

COVID Q&A: My child doesn't feel well. Now what? at www.gordonschool.org/nowwhat

Schoolwork during absences, at www.gordonschool.org/absences

 

May 6th: gearing up for September

Dear Gordon Families,

It is hard to believe that it is already time to look forward to next school year! 

Well-visits and immunizations

Well-visits and immunizations are required yearly

As the 2021-2022 school year approaches, I want to encourage everyone to call their primary care provider and reschedule any well-visits that may have been cancelled or delayed. If your child had a delay in receiving their scheduled immunizations during this time it is important to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Primary care offices are open and ready for both virtual and in-person visits. They have COVID-19 specific plans developed in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health to keep everyone safe. Some of these plans include screening families before they enter the office, eliminating any high touch points, and enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting regimens.

Required forms

Illness prevention is always a critical goal at Gordon, and we require an annual health examination of all students.

Your pediatrician may use their own form. This form must include immunization history, allergies, chronic conditions, and permission for PE and sports. If your child requires medication during the day, including epipens or inhalers, they must have new orders from their provider for this school year. Vision, scoliosis and hearing screenings will not be conducted on campus this year.  If you have any concerns please alert your pediatrician. 

Here are Gordon's versions of three important forms, please download and print, or allow your pediatrician to use their own form:

medication consent
inhaler permission
epipen permission

All forms can be faxed to 401 490-4419, scanned and emailed to shorton@gordonschool.org until June 16th.  After June 16th please mail a copy to the school and label them "Attention School Nurse."

A list of required immunizations and screenings is below.

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Sincerely,
Sandy Horton, R.N.
School Nurse
401 434-3833 x141
shorton@gordonschool.org

Screening requirements, 2020-2021

Below is a list of state mandated screenings your child will need prior to the start of the school year.

The physician should do an annual assessment of your child’s immunization status at their annual physical.

If you have any questions regarding these screenings, please contact your child’s pediatrician.

  • Lead: Upon entry to Nursery school or Kindergarten
  • Vision: Upon entry to school, then yearly
  • Hearing: Kindergarten to third grade (Done at school)
  • Scoliosis: Annually from sixth to eighth grade
  • Dental: Annually 

Immunization requirements, 2020-2021

Requirements for students entering licensed DHS center-based and in-home child care facilities

  • 4 doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine1 dose of Flu vaccine each year
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
  • 3 doses of Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) vaccine
  • 1 dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
  • 4 doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (not routinely given to healthy children 5 years of age and older)
  • 3 doses of Polio vaccine
  • 2 doses of Rotavirus vaccine
  • 1 dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
     

Requirements for students entering Kindergarten

A student entering Kindergarten must have met the pre-Kindergarten immunization requirements (above), plus:

  • 1 dose of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine
  • 1 dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Polio vaccine
  • 1 dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
     

Requirements for students entering seventh grade

A student entering seventh grade must have met the pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten immunization requirements, plus:

  • 1 dose of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine


Requirements for students entering eighth grade

A student entering eighth grade must have met the seventh grade immunization requirements, plus:

  • 2 doses of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine