Welcome to the Frances C. Richmond Middle School Health Office!
"Providing Family Centered Health Care In A Community Setting"
What do RMS nurses do in the health office?
Illness prevention, Immunization data and surveillance, student and staff flu clinics, evaluation of minor student injuries and illnesses, emergency first aid, referral to emergency services as needed, student health screenings including vision and hearing, case management of health 504’s, CPR and First Aid Instructors.
How & when do students access the health office?
Students may access the health office during school hours. If at all possible students are asked to visit between classes, snack, lunch or study hall time. This isn’t always possible for various reasons and students may need to leave class.
The nurses work closely with our school counselors to provide stress/crisis management.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if your child has any changes in their health status. We want to work with students, families, and the school staff to make sure your adolescent's health care needs are being met in the school setting.
NH Immunization Requirements
New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services - Bureau of Infectious Disease Control and Immunization has very clear requirements for children enrolled in public school.
Medical or religious exemptions have specific requirements. Additionally, if you are a Vermont resident and wish to keep your child's medical or religious exemption, you must complete the appropriate exemption form for the State of New Hampshire. You can find these exemption forms here. Please note that the Religious Exemption form must be notarized and returned to the health office.
Throughout the year we go through student charts to make sure all immunizations are up to date in accordance with NH requirements. It is our position that the closer we get to 100% compliance, the better our chances for keeping our entire school community healthy. Keeping that in mind, you may be hearing from us occasionally about out of date or missing vaccinations.
If you have any questions regarding immunizations please contact the health office.
The Frances C. Richmond School has a Free Student Influenza Clinic every year in October. The New Hampshire Department of Health provides the vaccine. We will notify all parents at the beginning of the school year as to the date and time of the clinic.
Parents will have to fill out a Vaccine Permission Form and return it electronically or in person to the Health office. We will call the students by grade over the loudspeaker to come for their vaccines. We expect them to come when called. If they do not come we inform the parents that the vaccine was not received. We will send out reminders to parents and students as the date approaches.
We strongly encourage you to consider enrolling your child in the vaccine clinic. Prevention for both staff and students is our aim.
Our Parent Vaccine Permission Form is posted only in the fall. It will be posted again Fall of 2020.
While it is best to get the flu vaccine before flu activity begins in the community, it is not too late. A flu vaccine is the first step in preventing the flu. Flu vaccine benefits:
- Can prevent you from getting sick from the flu.
- Can reduce the risk of flu associated hospitalization.
- Important for people with chronic health conditions.
- Can lessen the symptoms if you contract the flu.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical or for other necessities.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Wednesday 8 am - 2 pm
The Health Office keep an updated list of all of our students who have allergies requiring the administration of Benadryl (diphenhydramine), inhalers and/or epinephrine to manage any potentially life-threatening allergies. This list is shared with all RMS staff. Each fall the school nurses train the staff to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to administer an Epi-Pen. Nut-free signage is provided for students' classrooms, desks, and a table in Cafe' to protect our students with nut allergies.
Students who have been prescribed an Epinephrine Pen are expected to carry them in their backpacks or on their person at all times. The school nurse may ask individual students to demonstrate that they are carrying their Epi-Pens throughout the school year. Parents should supply the Health Office with an additional Epi-Pen, as well as any updates of the student's Allergy Action Plan.
Students with Asthma are encouraged to carry their own inhalers and use them as prescribed by their physicians. Please consider storing an extra inhaler in the Health Office as a safety measure.