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Welcome to the Nurses Corner


Mrs Janet Besinger

Please don’t hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.  617-696-3548 ext 204

For more information, click on one of these links:

If your child is absent   

Medication in School

Students with Allergies

Annual Health Screenings

Entrance Health Requirements for New Students

Health Requirements for Current Students

Birthday/ Holiday Party Celebration Policy

Grief Weavers

Healthy links


If your child is absent:
Please call 617-696-3548, ext 204, or email us at if your child will be absent.  Please leave your child’s name and homeroom, your name and contact number, and the reason your child will be absent from school.  A note should be sent to the teacher on the day your child returns to school.  For extended absences, a note from your child’s Physician is required. 

Medication in School:
The delivery of medication in  school is regulated by the Department of Public Health and has specific guidelines in place for the safety and well-being of your child as well as confidentiality. Medication is dispensed at school when it is determined that it is essential for the treatment of your child.

If your child needs to take medication in school:
Medication must be in the original container
All medication must be kept in the nurse’s office. 

Written permission from a parent or guardian must be sent in with the medication.  Tylenol and/or Advil may be given to students in Grade 6, 7 and 8 with parental permission. Click on the appropriate link below:

            Parent/Guardian Permission Form for all medication

            Parent Permission Form for Tylenol/Advil for Students in Grade 6, 7 and 8

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Students with Allergies:  It is required that children with known severe allergies have their own Epi-pen kept in the nurse’s office.  It may be determined by the school nurse, physician and parent that an additional Epi-pen will be kept in the classroom.  All requirements for the use of medication in school applyPlease provide an allergy action plan from your child’s physician or complete the action plan listed below.  Special attention should be given to expiration dates of Epi-pens and inhalers.

Food Allergy Action PlanPeanut- Tree Nut Free Table:  A “peanut/tree nut free table” is available in the cafeteria for children with a peanut or tree nut allergy.  This is optional and per parental request.  The children may have a friend sit with them at this table, provided their lunch is peanut/tree nut free.

Peanut/Tree Nut Free Table Preference Form

Peanut/ Tree Nut Free Classrooms:  A classroom will be deemed peanut or tree nut free if there is a child in the classroom with a peanut or tree nut allergy. Notices will be sent home during the first week of school.  If you child is in a peanut or tree nut free classroom, they must bring in a snack that does not contain peanuts or tree nuts.  


Entrance Health Requirements for All New Students:  All new students must have a current physical exam, including updated immunizations on file, before the first day of school. 

Health Requirements for Current Students: A physical exam dated after May 31st of the previous year, with updated immunizations must be on file for students in K2, 4th and 7th grade.

Exclusion day:  As mandated by state law, your child will be excluded from school on the last Thursday of September if they are in K2 or Grade 7 and do not have an updated physical with required immunizations on file.  He/she will not be able to return to school until the information is provided.   

Annual Health Screenings: The School Nurses complete the following health screenings annually. A referral letter will be sent home with your child if they do not pass a screening at school.  Please follow up with the appropriate provider and return the form as soon as possible.

Vision:  Kindergarten- Grade 5  and Grade 7

Hearing:  Kindergarten- Grade 3, and Grade 5

Scoliosis:  Grade 5-8   (Parent permission required)

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Birthday/Holiday Celebration Policy:  St. Agatha School has a no food policy for birthday celebrations.  An increasingly larger number of students with allergies and food sensitivities have prompted many schools to change their policy on celebrations within the classroom. In addition, this policy has been created to support healthy nutrition practices suggested by the USDA.

Classrooms may include food as part of their celebration on Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and an end of the year party  (classroom teachers will coordinate)

Ideas for Food-Free Birthday celebrations:
-Select a favorite book to be donated to the class library
-Select a favorite game to be donated to the classroom for indoor recess
-Children may serve as the classroom”leader” for the day
-Invite a special visitor to class to read a favorite story

Please check with your child’s teacher for Birthday Celebration Ideas!
Parents are encouraged to visit the “snack” website. It will list commonly available snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts and eggs.

Safe Snack Guide: commonly available snacks free of peanuts, tree nuts and egg 

Grief Weavers:  Support for St Agatha Families during times of loss
We are here to help support your children during times of loss.  It is very helpful to us if we know that there has been a loss in the family. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your child, or just to let us know that your family has suffered a loss.   We have put together a collection of books that address loss-at every age. Our books are available for you to use at any time, even years after a loss.  Grief is a journey; families often “re-grieve” for many years after a death or major loss. The Grief Library is Available in the Nurses Office. 

Grief Weaver Library
Click here to download a list of additional suggestions.....

Talking with Young Children About Death
(A Message from Fred Rogers)
Children’s Concept of Death by Age
(Kansas City Hospice)
Seven Ways to Guide Children Through Grief
(Kansas City Hospice)

Healthy Links:

Healthy tips and general information for families

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