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Head Lice
Health Services
Honor Roll
Hours, School



Head Lice [see Health Services]

The School Board [Policy EPS Code: JLCC] recognizes that head lice infestation poses little risk to others and does not result in additional health problems. The management of pediculosis proceeds so as to not disrupt the education process. Nonetheless, any staff member who suspects a student has head lice will report this to the school nurse or principal. Students known to have head lice will remain in class provided the student is comfortable. If a student is not comfortable, he/she may report to the school nurse or principal’s office. Such students will be discouraged from close direct head contact with others and from sharing personal items with other students. District employees will act to ensure that student confidentiality is maintained so the child is not embarrassed.

The principal or school nurse will notify the parent/guardian by telephone or other available means if their child is found to have head lice. Students will be allowed to return to school after proper treatment as recommended by the school nurse.

Health Services

Mrs. Collins, the school nurse, can be contacted directly at 437-3579.

The Derry School District schools are staffed with a full-time registered nurse. Any student who is ill should request permission from his/her teacher prior to reporting to the nurse. Exceptions to this policy should be made in the event of an emergency.

All students and parents are requested to inform the nurse of any particular health problems. These should be a matter of record (i.e. allergic reaction to bee stings, food allergies, etc.). Periodic vision, hearing and other screenings will be conducted through the nurse’s office.

Students returning to school after surgery, stitches or injuries requiring splints, slings, casts, or crutches must have a doctor's note.

The school nurse uses health program activities as learning experiences to contribute to health education. Each encounter with the student is a health teaching opportunity utilized by the school nurse to teach first-aid, personal hygiene, preventative health measures, etc. The school nurse also provides counseling and guidance on health matters and serves as a consultant/resource person to the school staff, students, and parents.

Physical Examination/Immunization

The State of New Hampshire requires that all students have proof of immunization on file. All immunization dates must include the day, month, and year of administration. A Physical Examination completed within one year of entering Grade 1 is required. Transfer students will need a Physical Examination if one is not in their records.

Medication Policy

Students are not allowed to bring medicine to school. This includes cough medicine, cough drops, herbal supplements, prescription and over­ the­ counter medicines.

  • Only medication prescribed by a physician will be administered. Physician’s written authorization along with parental/guardian permission must be kept on file in the school.
  • All medication must be brought to the school nurse by a parent or legal guardian. Students may not carry medication to school.
  • All medicine containers must be properly labeled with the student’s name, physician’s name, and instructions for the administration of the medicine. (In original RX bottle). A second bottle for school use may be obtained from the pharmacy.
  • New Hampshire state law allows students to carry inhalers and epi­pens while at school. If your child has either medication prescribed and you wish for him/her to carry the medical equipment while at school, please contact the school nurse for the necessary forms and information. In order for this change in procedure to occur, a parent/guardian and physician must sign the appropriate documentation.
  • No medicine may be dispensed unless all of the above procedures have been followed.
  • In the absence of the school nurse, the principal or assignee will assist the student with medication.
  • Parents must make arrangements to pick up student’s medications on the last day of school. Any medication not picked up by parents will be disposed of by the school nurse and administration at the close of the last day of school.

When children show signs of illness, such as sore throat, fever, rashes, coughing or runny nose, it is advisable to keep them home. This policy serves as a protection for all students.

Fresh air is beneficial to growing children; however, they will not be outside for long periods during inclement or extremely cold weather. Generally speaking, if a child is too ill to partake in a recess of physical activity, he/she is too ill to attend school. An exception to this would require a doctor’s note to excuse these activities.

All communicable disease afflicting your child should be reported to the school nurse. Any student with a communicable disease requiring antibiotic treatment must remain out of school for twenty­four hours after starting therapy.

Printable version for Health Services. Click here. 


Homework is assigned in varying degrees according to grade level according to the School Board approved homework policy [EPS Code: IKB-R] . The following guidelines show an average of what a student may expect for weekly homework assignments. [Homework may be assigned up to 4 nights per week.]

Grade Span Maximum Time
1-2 15-30 mins
3-5 30-60 mins

PACE Students: With the exception of long-range projects, weekly homework will not exceed an additional 60 minutes.

Some homework tips:

  • Set up a consistent time and place for your child to do their homework.

  • Encourage your child to use an assignment book.

  • Remember that all people (children and adults) have strengths and weaknesses.

  • Communicate with your child's teacher. Many misunderstandings can be prevented simply with a quick note, phone call or email.

  • Encourage your child to do their own work and to be proud of their efforts.

  • If your child struggles with their homework, even with your assistance, encourage them to seek additional assistance from their teacher.

  • If you have concerns about homework or academic progress, be sure to contact your child’s teacher.

Honor Roll

Students in Grade 4 and 5 have the opportunity to be acknowledged for achieving academic excellence. This excellence is measured by a perfect "A" for the school year.

The criteria for Honor Roll is as follows:

  • Students eligible for the honor roll must attain a minimum of B in all academic subjects, including E or M in the areas of Art, Music, and Physical Education. (Note: A+ and A-/B+ and B- are applicable.)
  • Students eligible for the honor roll must attain a grade of 4 or 3 in the Social Development /Conduct and the Work Habits/Efforts areas.
  • In Art, Music, and Physical Education, a grade of 4 or 3 must be achieved in Effort and Conduct for a student to make honor roll.

The criteria for High Honor Roll is as follows:

  • Students eligible for high honors must attain a minimum of A in all academic subjects including E or M in Art, Music, and Physical Education. (Note: A- is acceptable.)
  • Students eligible for the high honor roll must attain a grade of 4 or 3 in the Social Development /Conduct and the Work Habits/Efforts areas.
  • In Art, Music, and Physical Education, a grade of 4 or 3 must be achieved in Effort and Conduct for a student to make high honor roll.

The criteria for Citizenship Honor Roll (proper behavior and effort) is as follows:

  • School citizenship will include the categories of Social Development/Conduct and Work Habits/Efforts.
  • A student may receive 3 and 4 in the Conduct and Effort categories of the report card to include Art, Music, and P.E.
  • To encourage citizenship outside the classroom, paragraph A above will include areas such as the lunchroom, bus, field trips, and extra-curricular activities.

Hours, School [see also Email, see also Early Release, see also Teacher Workshop Days]

Listed below are some important times to remember. Please be aware that notices are sent home any time that our normal schedule changes. This information is also emailed to families who have supplied their email address to the school office.

  • AM arrival - 8:25am [teachers are not on duty prior to this time]
  • Entry to building - Breakfast 8:20am, All other students 8:25am
  • Class begins - 8:35am
  • Tardy bell - 8:35am [students arriving after this time must check in at the office for a tardy slip.]
  • Recess - Beginning in 2015-2016 recess before lunch was introduced. We have discovered students eat more, are more settled and more prepared for the classroom when they go to recess before lunch. The first recess begins at 10:15am, and continue at 30 min intervals.
  • Lunch - The first lunch session begins at 10:45am [in case your child forgets theirs and you need to bring one in]. Lunch sessions then continue approximately every 30 minutes.
  • Dismissal - 2:55pm [beginning with daycare students and day care vans and then walkers and car pickup and finally bus groups. Buses are typically gone at 3:10pm]

NOTE: After Hours

Parents are reminded that if you arrive at school after hours and need something from your child’s classroom that you seek out a custodian to escort you to the classroom. Building security is extremely important and this includes after hours visits to classrooms. Thank you for assisting us in this matter.
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Jul 21, 2015, 8:05 AM