Health Services

Communicable Diseases /Chicken Pox

If your child has a communicable disease, please inform the nurse. Students may return to school as follows:

Chicken Pox – 7 days from eruption, lesions crusted and fever free for 24 hours.

Strep Throat – 24 hours after the first dose of medication.

Impetigo – 24 hours after treatment has begun, lesions must be covered in school.

Head Lice – 24 hours after treatment if they are found to be nit free when checked
by the school nurse.

Please note: children must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

A physician’s note is required for the use of crutches, splints, braces, or other appliances in school. Please have the physician outline restricted activity and estimated time of restriction.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Updated Isolation and quarantine Requirements for Chicken Pox (Varicella):

In the event of an outbreak, anyone who has not had the chicken pox or who has not been properly immunized will be excluded from school from the 10th through the 21st days after their last exposure. This could potentially occur several times throughout the academic year.

Illness/Injury at School

A student who becomes ill or injured in school must be sent to the health office accompanied, if possible, by a teacher or another student. Arrangements will be made with the parent to have the student go home, to the doctor’s office, or to the hospital if needed. EACH STUDENT SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN BE CALLED IN THE CASE OF ANY EMERGENCY IF THE PARENT CANNOT BE REACHED. Every student accident resulting in personal injury, no matter how minor, should be reported to the adult in charge and to the school nurse.

Please inform the school nurse of potential health problems or changes in health status.

Immunizations

When a student registers at Hingham Middle School, a current physical and documentation of immunizations must be submitted to the school nurse, with exceptions for religious reasons. An emergency contact card also needs to be completed. This records the phone number of parents/guardians, physician, and emergency contacts. Information regarding student’s health issues and medications he/she is taking should be listed on this card as well. Information from this card will assist the nurse in providing the best quality care to the student. It is extremely important that this information be kept up-to-date and accurate, including the names of all persons to whom a student can be released. If any changes in the information are required, please convey them to the school immediately.

Screening Process

During the school year, heights and weights are measured. Screening for vision, hearing, and scoliosis is also conducted. Parents will receive a letter from the school nurse if any abnormal findings or concerns are noted during the screening process.

Body Mass Index

According to the Massachusetts State Law, Schools must now collect height and weight measurements on students in grade 1, 4, 7 & 10. These measurements will then be used to calculate each child’s Body Mass Index (BMI). The results of your child’s height, weight, and BMI measurements are strictly confidential. The results will be kept in your child’s school health record and mailed directly to you. For more information on the BMI, please visit Hingham Public School web-site or www.mass.gov/massinmotion. If you do not want your child to participate in any health screenings, please submit a written request to the school nurse.

Medication

According to Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.) Chapter 112, Section 80B, a licensed nurse must have a medication order from a physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant in order to administer any medications, whether it is a prescription drug or an over-the counter medication. Therefore, if a student requires medication during school hours, arrangements must be made with the school nurse. All medications must be delivered to the nurse in the pharmacy container. No more than a (30) thirty-day supply should be delivered to the school.  Hingham Middle School is a DRUG-FREE environment; therefore, if a student requires medication during the school day, it MUST be left with the school nurse.

Pets at School

Due to the increased number of students and staff with allergies to animals, bringing in pets to school for any reason is not permitted. It is the policy of the HPS that service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are generally permitted in all facilities and programs in accordance with federal law and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations. For more guideline information, see Policy and Procedures under the HPS website.

Physicals (Seventh Grade)

State law requires that all children in Grade 7 have a physical examination. In addition, Massachusetts’ regulations require written physician verification that every child has received or satisfied the following immunization requirements before entering into grade 7. Any seventh grade student who fails to comply with these immunizations will not be allowed to enter or continue to attend school until they have been properly vaccinated.

  • A second dose of Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine (MMR#2 or MMR Booster)
  • A series of three Hepatitis B inoculations
  • A Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td Booster) within the last 5 years
  • One dose of Varicella (chicken pox) Vaccine or physician verification that the child has a reliable history of having had the disease