Notes from the Health Office

August 15th, 2020

Dear Gordon Families,

It has been a busy summer and I am looking forward to working with you all this fall.

For complete details of Gordon's COVID-19 response and safety protocols, please see www.gordonschool.org/reopening

And for the State of Rhode Island's playbook for school decisionmaking, see www.gordonschool.org/playbook

Even during a pandemic, the Health Office still needs documentation of annual check-ups and immunizations.
 

Well-visits and immunizations

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, I want to encourage everyone to call their primary care provider and reschedule any well-visits that may have been cancelled due to the stay at home orders this spring. 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. 

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, or mailed to 
The Gordon School 
attn: School Nurse 
45 Maxfield Ave 
East Providence, RI 02914. 

A list of required immunizations and screenings is below end of this letter.
 

Reach out to the nurse

I can be reached at 401 434-3833 x141 or shorton@gordonschool.org.

Please let me know if your child has any new or previously undiagnosed conditions and if there have been any changes to your child’s general health over the summer.

At various times during the year I may need to share this information with members of the faculty, staff, and administration to ensure the health and safety of your student.

If you prefer I did not do this, please let me know.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out.

Sincerely,
Sandy Horton
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