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324 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871 | 401.683.0268

Health and Wellness

Student Health Guidelines

If your child is sick, he or she should be kept home from school to protect the health of other students and teachers.  Students who have a fever of 100.0 or greater or who are showing signs of acute gastrointestinal illness (vomiting/diarrhea) will be sent home and should remain home until they are fever/symptom free for 24 hours. If your child has been prescribed antibiotics for a contagious infection such as strep throat, they must be kept home until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Please notify the nurse if your child has been diagnosed with any communicable illnesses including but not limited to influenza, strep throat, pink eye, pneumonia, pertussis, mononucleosis, etc.

Medication Policy

All medication is administered by the school nurse and kept in a secured cabinet.  Medication will only be administered when there is a written order from a licensed health care prescriber. Any medication being given at school must be in the original pharmacy packaging and medications will not be administered if they are expired.  Epi pens and albuterol inhalers may be self-carried and self-administered when there is written authorization from the physician and parent. Standing physician orders are in place for commonly used over the counter medications stocked in the health office (pain reliever, cough drops, etc). A parent permission form must be completed for any of these medications to be given to a child as these medications cannot be administered without parental consent. All required forms for both prescription and over the counter medications can be found under Health Forms.

Physical Exam and Immunization Requirements

All students entering Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 7 must have a valid physical examination form on file by the start of the school year. Students who previously attended school out of state must have a new physical examination completed prior to entering St. Philomena’s. Acceptable evidence of Immunization is required for all student’s prior to school entry. As your child receives subsequent vaccinations throughout their childhood, updated immunization records should be provided to the school nurse. State immunization requirements can be found under Health Forms.

Peanut/Tree Nut Policy

Peanuts, tree nuts or any products containing peanuts or tree nuts may not be consumed in any area of the school other than cafeterias and lunch rooms. Peanut/tree nut snacks may not be consumed in the classroom at any time-including snack time, morning break, celebrations.  There are peanut/tree nut free tables in both cafeterias where students with allergies may sit to safely eat. Please note that the pre-school and pre-kindergarten classrooms are peanut/tree nut free at all times.

Mrs. Leslea Mello, RN

School Nurse 

phone: (401) 683-0268 ext. 185



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