School Health & Safety

School Health & Safety

Health Service (Direct Telephone 437-3578)


The Derry School District schools are staffed with a full-time registered nurse.  Any student who is ill should request permission from his/her teacher prior to reporting to the nurse.  Exceptions to this policy should be made in the event of an emergency.


All students and parents are requested to inform the nurse of any particular health problems.  These should be a matter of record (i.e. allergic reaction to bee stings, food allergies, etc.).


Students should have a doctor’s note to return to school after surgery, stitches or injuries requiring splints, slings, casts or crutches.


Periodic vision, hearing and other screenings will be conducted through the nurse’s office. 


The school nurse uses health program activities as learning experiences to contribute to health education.  Each encounter with the student is a health teaching opportunity utilized by the school nurse to teach first-aid, personal hygiene, preventative health measures, etc.


The school nurse also provides counseling and guidance on health matters and serves as a consultant/resource person to the school staff, students, and parents.


Healthy Snack Options - Please refer to our District’s Wellness Policy for more information on healthy snacks, lunches and treats.


Physical Exams/ Immunizations The State of New Hampshire requires that all students have proof of immunization on file.  All immunization dates must include the day, month, and year of administration.  A Physical Examination completed within one year of entering Grade 1 is required.  Transfer students will need a Physical Examination if one is not in their records.


Medication Students are not allowed to bring medicine to school.  This includes cough medicine, cough drops, herbal supplements, prescription and over-the-counter medicines.


- Only medication prescribed by a physician will be administered.  Physician’s written authorization along with parental/guardian permission must be kept on file in the school.


- All medication must be brought to the school nurse by a parent or legal guardian.  Students may not carry medication to school.


- All medicine containers must be properly labeled with the student’s name, physician’s name, and instructions for the administration of the medicine (in original Rx bottle).  A second bottle for school use may be obtained from the pharmacy.


- New Hampshire state law allows students to carry inhalers and epi-pens while at school.  If your child has either medication prescribed, and you wish for him/her to carry the medical equipment while at school, please contact the school nurse for the necessary forms and information.  In order for this change in procedure to occur, a parent/guardian and physician must sign the appropriate documentation.


- No medicine may be dispensed unless all of the above procedures have been followed.


- In the absence of the school nurse, the principal or assignee will assist the student with medication.


- Parents must make arrangements to pick up student’s medications on the last day of school.  Any medication that is not picked up by parents will be disposed of by the school nurse and administration at the close of the last day of school.


Illness When children show signs of illness, such as sore throat, fever, or rashes, it is advisable to keep them home.  This policy serves as a protection for all students.


Fresh air is beneficial to growing children, however, they will not be outside for long periods during inclement or extremely cold weather.  Generally speaking, if a child is too ill to partake in a recess of physical activity, he/she is too ill to attend school.  An exception to this would require a doctor’s note to excuse these activities.


All communicable disease afflicting your child should be reported to the school nurse.  Any student with a communicable disease requiring antibiotic treatment must remain out of school for twenty-four hours after starting therapy.


Emergency Cards At the beginning of each school year you will receive two emergency cards that are to be completed for each child.  Please read these cards carefully and fill out both sides before you return them to school.  The information contained on these cards is critical to your child’s safety and well-being.  SHOULD CHANGES OCCUR DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, PLEASE UPDATE THE INFORMATION WITH THE OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  We sometimes have great difficulty reaching parents in emergency situations due to insufficient or inaccurate information on these cards.


Emergency Drills Throughout the school year, students will participate in both fire and emergency evacuation drills.  We will also perform “lock-down” drills. Participation in these drills is mandatory and is regarded as a valuable tool in maintaining school safety.  Please review the emergency fire and evacuation procedures with your child.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.