Chelmsford Public School Nurses’ Mission
Our mission is to provide evidence based/ best practice holistic nursing care to the unique, culturally diverse students of Chelmsford Public Schools. In collaboration with all stakeholders, we advocate for their safety and healthcare needs. We are dedicated professionals who are committed to bridging health care with education and making a positive impact for the present and future wellness of Chelmsford’s school community.
"A child must be healthy to learn and a child must learn to be healthy."
-Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Chelmsford Public School nurses are on duty during academic school day hours.
Required Physical ExamsIn accordance with Massachusetts General Law 105CMR 200.00 Section 100, every child registered in Massachusetts public schools must be carefully examined by a physician at intervals of three or four years. A physical exam is required for all Kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, and 9th graders enrolled in Chelmsford Public Schools. Please submit documentation from your health care provider to your school nurse in a timely manner.
All newly enrolled students must submit a physical exam dated from one year prior entrance to public school or within 30 days of school entry.
Students in competitive school athletics must provide annual physical exams prior to sport participation.
School ScreeningsScreenings are conducted by Chelmsford Public Schools annually per Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulation.
Hearing: Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 10
Scoliosis: Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Upon request
Height/Weight: Grades 1, 4, 7, 10
Vision with Stereopsis: Grades * 1, 2, 3 Vision acuity: 4, 5, 7, 10
*Kindergarten: Upon entering kindergarten or within 30 days of the start of school, the parent/guardian shall present to school, Health Care Provider documentation within the previous 12 months that the child has passed a vision screening.
A parent may send a written request to exclude student from participating in school screenings.
Massachusetts school districts are required to include a substance use preventive screening as part of their annual mandated universal health-screening program. Our district will use the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol with students in grades 7 & 9. The SBIRT protocol facilitates a one-on-one conversation between each student and a school nurse or counselor in an effort to prevent or at least delay the start of using harmful substances, such as alcohol and marijuana. This program focuses on reinforcing healthy decisions and addressing concerning behaviors around substance use with the goal of improving health, safety and success in school. We will use the CRAFFT II screening interview, which is the most commonly used substance use screening tool for adolescents in Massachusetts. All screenings will be conducted in a confidential setting in private one-on-one sessions with a nurse or counselor trained in SBIRT screening.
Requirements for Entry to Public Schools
“No child shall, except as hereinafter provided, be admitted to school except upon presentation of a physician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles and polio and such other communicable disease as may be specified from time to time by the Department of Public Health." M.G.L. c. 76, & 15;105 CMR 200.000 section 15
Immunizations must follow the recommended intervals from the CDC and the Mass. Department of Public Health. All K-12 students must provide the following immunization documentation prior to admittance:
5 doses DTP/DTaP ( Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
4 doses Polio
3 doses Hepatitis B
2 doses MMR ( Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
2 doses Varicella (or a Health Provider's documentation of month and year of disease)
Students going into 7th grade -12th need one dose Tdap booster.
Medical waivers and religious exemptions must be submitted in writing if applicable.
Annual Emergency Health FormsEmergency Health Forms are due each year on all students Preschool through Grade 12. This form is essential in providing updated health information and emergency phone numbers to contact parents/guardians in case of illness or emergency. Please click on this page's middle left side HEALTH FORMS