Health Services

Saint Columbkille Partnership School is dedicated to the care of the whole child-emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically. To that end, we have a school nurse on site who is trained to evaluate and treat students when the need arises.


Health Data Requirements For All Students

Saint Columbkille Partnership School, in accordance with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, requires the following health information before a student enters school.

Required Immunizations

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulation 105 CMR 220 requires students to be immunized before starting school. An immunization certificate/record that includes the month, day and year the immunizations were administered needs to be submitted to and reviewed by the school nurse before the student begins school. If there are medical reasons why your child has not been immunized, a certificate must be obtained from your physician and forwarded to the school nurse. For religious exemption, please write a note to the school nurse.

Physical Examination

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulation 105.CMR 200 requires a physical examination for all new students. Physical exams are also required in pre-school, kindergarten, grades 4 and 7.

Student Illness or Injury

  • Illness Policy1. Fever. Any oral temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit or axillary temperature of 99.4 or higher constitutes a fever. Your child should be fever free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not treat a fever with medication and send your child to school. 2. Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Your child should stay home from school for 24 hours from the LAST episode of diarrhea and/or vomiting.

    3. Persistent coughing that can be disruptive to class.

    4. Unexplained rashes, sores, inflamed eyes or other signs of contagious illnesses.

    5. Strep throat: Positive strep throats must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

    ***A note about the 24-hour fever/vomiting/diarrhea policy – As parents ourselves, we understand the difficulty that comes with keeping a child home from school and missing work. We understand that it can be a hassle, but we ask that you help the greater school community by adhering to this policy at all times. If your child had an episode of vomiting or diarrhea during the school day or after-school program and they go home and are much improved we still need you to keep them home for the full 24 hours. We want to prevent absences whenever possible and we ask for your partnership in this by keeping your child home when necessary. Thank you in advance for understanding that its not meant to be punitive, it is meant to keep the greater school community as healthy as possible.

    **UPDATED** Head Lice Policy

    We will now require a signed note from your child’s pediatrician stating that s/he has been properly treated for lice. 

    Head lice are a nuisance that happens at all schools.

    Please take these precautions: 

    1.   Check your child’s hair for head lice and their eggs (also called nits).

    2.   If you suspect your child has head lice, ask your health care provider to recommend an appropriate treatment.

    3.   Call and notify your school nurse if your child has head lice.

    If head lice have been confirmed, do not return your child to school until she or he has been treated with shampoo approved to kill lice, you have removed all nits from your child’s hair, and you have cleaned or stored personal items. Remember that you must keep checking your child’s hair for new nits for at least 2 weeks. Routine lice checks are not conducted by the nurse’s office but they are done on an as needed basis if lice are suspected.

    Should students be found with live head lice or nits (eggs) during the school day, they will be dismissed to parents/guardians for treatment. Upon their return, parents/guardians will be asked to present a signed doctor’s note stating that the student has been treated with an appropriate pediculicide and is lice and nit free. Additionally, upon return to school, the School Nurse will reassess the child for any lice or nits. If any lice or nits are found, parents/guardians will be called to pick the child up from school for additional treatment. These steps will be repeated as necessary until the child is completely lice and nit free when arriving to school.

    As always, confidentiality regarding the affected student(s) will be maintained at all times. When a student is found to have lice, a general lice alert email will be sent to all parents in the class of the affected student so that all parents may take proactive steps to ensure their own child(ren) are lice free and/or administer treatment as above if they are also found to have lice/nits.

    One of our parents, Jessica Savilonis, (a hair stylist and certified lice technician) has kindly offered her services in the event that your child has lice – she is trained in the treatment protocol and can be reached at Jesscia has also recommended Happy Heads products as an effective treatment line for lice. For more information, go to:

    Medication Policy

    • All prescription medications, (epi-pens, inhalers, seizure medication, etc) require a written order from a licensed physician. Parental permission is also required for all prescription in the form of a signed Medication Administration Plan (MAP). MAPs are available in the nurse’s office. If your child has a prescription medication please ensure this paperwork has been submitted.
    • The only exception to this is for short-term medications (less than 10 days). For example, amoxicillin for an ear infection or strep throat.  
    • All Medication must be delivered by an adult in the original prescription bottle with proper label.
    • All medications should be picked up at the end of the school year by an adult.
    • Parents and guardians may administer medication to their child at anytime during the school day if necessary.
    • The following over the counter medications are available for students as needed in the nurse’s office:
      • Benadryl, Caladryl clear, Hydrocortisone 1% cream, Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) – children’s and regular strength, Tylenol, and Vaseline.
    • In order to administer these medications – parents/guardians must sign off on the medication permissions tab in RenWeb.

    Treatment of illnesses/injuries

    If your child is injured/ill at school:

    • First aid will be administered.
    • The parent/guardian shall be notified.
    • The guardian will be requested to pick the student up at school as necessary.

    Students cannot remain in the health office for the entirety of the day. 

    Please also remember to alert the school nurses if your child is diagnosed with any communicable diseases, such as conjunctivitis, head lice, ringworm, strep throat, etc. 

When it is necessary to excuse your child from Physical Education, written documentation is required from your child’s health care provider. Written documentation is also required to resume participation in Physical Education.


The school nurse can be reached by telephone and email. Phone 617-254-3110 x 106 or e-mail at