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Public Health Nursing

Back to School Information

City of New Haven Bureau of Nursing Services

Important Back to School health information for the upcoming school year: School Nurses will be available at each school the day prior to the start of school. If you need assistance prior to the start of school, please contact the Bureau of Nursing at 203-946-7301. 

Student Health Requirements

All children entering New Haven schools for the first time must show written evidence of a current physical exam/immunization record, dated within one year of the student’s start date.

Returning students in Kindergarten, 7th and 10th grade MUST turn in updated physicals/immunization records to the Bureau of Nursing at 54 Meadow Street, 1st Floor or to the school nurse no later than the start of the school day on the first day of school.

Medication

If your child has a medical condition and/or medication is needed during school hours, you will need to notify the school nurse.

No child will receive medicine in school without a completed medication form by the child’s doctor and by the parent/guardian giving permission for the medicine to be used in school.

A written medication order from an authorized prescriber and parent/guardian written authorization are required, for school nurses, or in the absence of a nurse, other designated personnel to administer medication, including over-the-counter drugs. Medications must be in the original, properly labeled container and dispensed by a physician/pharmacist. Over-the-counter medications must be delivered in an unopened, properly labeled container. ALL medications must be delivered to/from school by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. All medication will be destroyed if not picked up within one week following termination of the order or the last day of school, whichever comes first. 

We adhere to the following medical advice:

1. Children who have signs of communicable diseases should not be sent to school, until cleared by a health care provider.

2. Parents should notify the school when their child is ill.

3. Additional guidelines are available in the nurse’s office regarding deciding whether to keep your child home from school when ill.


Connecticut Department of Public Health

School Immunization Data

From CT DPH

“Vaccination is a medical intervention with direct benefits to both individuals and communities. When a large percentage of a population is vaccinated, the entire community (vaccinated and unvaccinated) receives additional protection from vaccine preventable diseases. This concept, known as 'herd immunity,' is a primary justification for mandatory vaccination policies in the United States. By following the recommended schedule and fully immunizing children on time, parents protect their children against 14 vaccine preventable diseases. If a high enough percentage of children are vaccinated outbreaks can also be prevented. 

In the U.S., all states require children attending public school or state-licensed day care facilities to receive a series of vaccinations. Vaccination requirements for school and day care attendance are critical to ensuring high rates of vaccination. Linking vaccination with school attendance, which is also required by law, ensures that vaccines reach the greatest number of children. Schools are a prime venue for the transmission of vaccine-preventable disease, and active school-age children can further spread disease to their families and others with whom they interact.1

Specific vaccine requirements for school and child care vary by state. The Connecticut immunization laws and regulations can be found on the Department of Public Health’s Immunization Laws and Regulations web page. Each school and child care program is responsible for ensuring that attendees are in compliance with the vaccine requirements.”

You can review immunization data for New Haven Schools at https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Immunizations/School-Survey


The Bureau of Nursing is committed to ensuring an optimal level of wellness for a culturally diverse urban community by promoting and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for its residents. One of the primary functions of the Bureau of Nursing is the School Nursing Program, one component of the School Health Services provided by the City of New Haven. The majority of the Public Health Nurses serve as school nurses for the schools located in New Haven.



Role of the School Nurse 
The school nurse ensures that students are healthy enough to learn and minimizes the time lost in school due to illness or other prolonged disability. This is accomplished through proper assessment, referral and follow-up care, as well as appropriate communication with the student's health care provider. Oftentimes the school nurse is the only consistent health professional the student sees allowing the nurse to advocate for students and helping them develop a healthy lifestyle. 


School Entry Requirements  
Please click here (English / Spanish) for a list of the school entry physical exam and immunization requirements. Please be aware that your child will not be allowed to attend school if the school entry requirements are not met. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Requirements for Health Assessments (Physical Exams) For School Children

The Department of Health offers Health Assessments required for school students Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Well-Child Clinic - immunizations, lead screenings, and physicals: Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred.  Please call 203-946-7301 for information/appointments.

In accordance with Connecticut General statutes, each student enrolled in the New Haven public and private schools are required to have a health assessment by a physician or advanced practice registered nurse, or Physician Assistant licensed to practice in Connecticut.

  • Prior to initial entrance into preschool programs
  • Prior to initial entrance into kindergarten
  • For transfer students, prior to initial entrance into the New Haven schools
  • In grades 7 and 10

Forms can be obtained from School Nurses or the Bureau of Nursing, 54 Meadow Street, New Haven or on our website.


Husky Health Connecticut

(health insurance coverage)


HUSKY Health Connecticut offers health insurance coverage to eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, elders, individuals with disabilities, adults without dependent children, and pregnant women.

This program is administered by the Department of Social Services.  DSS partners with contracted administrative services organizations and enrolled providers to coordinate medical, dental, pharmacy, behavioral health and other benefits.

 HUSKY Health provides a comprehensive health care benefit package, including preventive care, primary care and specialist visits, hospital care, behavioral health services, dental services, and prescription medications.

For general information and referral, call 1-877-CT-HUSKY (1-877-284-8759), toll-free, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6 p.m.
Link to the Husky Website



Medications in School
Medication cannot be given in school unless an Administration of Medication form (H-5) is filled out by your health care provider. (This includes all over the counter medicine. ex. Tylenol, Benadryl, Tums, etc.) Medication forms are available from your school nurse or by clicking below. 

Authorization Form for Meds in School


Special Health Needs
If your child requires specialized physical health care during school hours see your school nurse as soon as possible and/or contact the Bureau of Nursing at 203-946-7301 or 203-946-8167. It is also important to notify your school nurse if your child has a food allergy, diabetes, or asthma. 

 



Health Related Documents 
Below are several documents related to various health conditions or concerns.  If you feel that one of these forms should be filled out for your child, please print, complete, and return it to the school nurse at your child's school.

 

 

 

 

 



School Health Topics
 
Click below for information on these important school health topics:

  1. Hand Hygiene
  2. Flu Prevention


Influenza (Flu) Clinics and Information 

Every year in the US millions of people get sick from flu. Get a vaccine now.

Each year, millions of children get sick, thousands are hospitalized, and some die from flu. Last flu season a record high number of seasonal flu-related deaths in children were reported to CDC. About 80% of flu-associated deaths in children occur in kids who have not been fully vaccinated against flu.

Flu vaccination has been shown to significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from flu. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine.

Per CT law, children who attend a pre-k program, who do not have a flu shot by December 31, will be excluded from school beginning January 2, 2019.  This season, any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine is recommended. Ask your health care professional what vaccine is right for your child this year.  Learn more about flu vaccine options available for children this season.

You have the power to protect your family against flu this season. Get yourself and your family a flu vaccine – fight flu!


Influenza (Flu) Clinics and Information

Per CT law, children who attend a pre-k program, who do not have a flu shot by December 31, will be excluded from school beginning January 2, 2020.  This season, any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine is recommended. Ask your health care professional what vaccine is right for your child this year.  Learn more about flu vaccine options available for children this season

Children enrolled in pre-k may be able to receive a flu vaccine in school! Watch for important notices!

Each year, millions of children get sick, thousands are hospitalized, and some die from flu. Last flu season a record high number of seasonal flu-related deaths in children were reported to CDC. About 80% of flu-associated deaths in children occur in kids who have not been fully vaccinated against flu.

Flu vaccination has been shown to significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from flu. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine.

You have the power to protect your family against flu this season. Get yourself and your family a flu vaccine – fight flu!


To request a copy of your or your child’s school health or immunization records, please complete the request form. 

Click here for the form

Please note that all requests will be fulfilled within 48 hours.


Contact Us!
54 Meadow Street New Haven
 
203-946-8167

Name Title/Position Number
Jennifer Allis Vazquez Director of Public Health Nursing 203-946-6364
 Roberta Taft  Clerk Typist  203-946-7301
 Jennifer Hall  Immunization Supervisor  203-946-7257

 

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