Health and Wellness

Brunswick High: Jennifer Strout, RN
Brunswick Junior High: Helen Tetu, RN
Coffin: Janet Rivard, RN
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Linda Morris, RN
Medical Consult: Martin’s Point Healthcare

Parents of students should be mindful of both the health of their child(ren) and that of a group. A student who feels ill should stay at home; many cases of severe illnesses and spread of epidemics can be prevented in this way. Cooperation on everyone’s part will keep our health at the best level possible. If, in the opinion of school officials, a student does not seem physically fit to remain in school, parent(s) will be requested to come for their child(ren). Parents are asked to furnish the school with the name, address, and telephone number of a person with whom the child may be left in an emergency in case the parents cannot be reached. If a child has any of the following problems, the child should not come to school:

  • fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • uncontrolled cough

Students will be dismissed for health related concerns at the discretion of the school nurse. Students who present to the Health Office with the above symptoms will be dismissed. Students may return to school after an illness when they have been symptom free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication.

Good hand washing is the most important thing everyone can do to prevent spreading germs and illness.

The school nurse is available on a daily basis for assessment and counseling regarding health issues. Students should come during non-academic times, except in an emergency situation. Students are required to have a pass from the teacher of the period in which they are visiting the nurse. Students who become ill during the school day must see the nurse for dismissal. The nurse will make arrangements with a parent or emergency contact for dismissal. A dismissal pass will be issued which needs to be turned into the main office before the student leaves the school.

Please note at the elementary school level children are expected to go outside for brief play periods. These play periods are supervised and occur only in suitable weather. When returning to school after an illness, the student should be well enough to participate in all aspects of the school program. Please DO NOT request that students be kept in during recess periods. If the child is not well enough to go outside, he/she should not be in school.

All medications, including non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications, require a medical provider’s signature if they are to be given at school. Written permission from the doctor and a parent/guardian is required (see Medications During School form below) for the nurse to administer medications, which must be in the original, properly-labeled medication bottle. If medications are prescriptions for three times per day, they can be given at home in the morning, when the student gets home from school, and at bedtime, thus eliminating a school dose time.

Medications During School
Allergy Action Plan
Maine Asthma Action/Management Plan
Seizure Action Plan
Questionnaire for a Parent with a Student with Seizures
Physician Examination
Health Questionnaire and Consent Form
Immunization Exempt Form
Health Screen & Permission Form
BHS Concussion Information and Stage Chart

Medications During School
Centers for Disease Control
Immunization Requirements
American Heart Association
Pediatric Eye Care
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Maine Public Health (information on current health issues in Maine)
Maine Centers for Disease Control

DISTRICT WELLNESS COMMITTEE: The District Wellness Committee is a board appointed advisory committee which examines student and staff wellness issues.  It is responsible for making recommendations related to the wellness policy*, wellness goals, administrative or school regulations and practices, or raising awareness of student health issues.  The Wellness Committee provides updates to the Board as needed regarding issues such as:

  • the status of the school environment regarding student wellness issues
  • evaluation of the school food service program and compliance with nutrition  guidelines
  • a summary of wellness programs and activities in the schools
  • feedback from students, parents, staff, school administrators and/or the Wellness Committee
  • recommendations for policy, program, or curriculum revision

The district Wellness Committee encourages you to provide healthy snacks and treats. 

Healthy School Parties: Although classroom celebrations, like Valentine’s Day, are exempt from the requirements placed on our School Nutrition Program, they are important opportunities for our students to learn and practice good nutrition. Classroom parties help students relax and socialize. And other school events like movie nights and craft fairs bring parents, teachers and students together. If we are not careful, these parties can encourage unhealthy eating and may even become dangerous for students with diabetes and food allergies. There are plenty of ways to plan and organize parties and events that can teach students health habits. It just takes a little creativity.

  • Fun, not Food: Avoid making refreshments the “main event” at parties. And don’t use food as a reward or prize.
  • Different Drinks: Serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk (plain or flavored), 100% juice and water at parties.
  • Chip-less: Substitute pretzels, low-fat popcorn, rice cakes, bread sticks, graham crackers or animal crackers.
  • Healthy Pizza: When the party calls for pizza, try low-fat toppings like vegetables, lean ham or Canadian bacon–or serve pizza dippers with marinara sauce.
  • Activity is Rewarding: Let the birthday boy or girl be the teacher’s “assistant” for the day. He or she could walk deliveries to the office, lead the line or start an activity.
  • Giving is Fun: Turn a regular party into a special community service project. Invite senior citizens in for lunch, or make blankets for rescue dogs. Parents can plan the events and bring materials.
  • A Sweet Story: Rather than baking sweets, why not donate a book in your child’s name to the classroom or school library? You could even go to school and read it to the class.