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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.
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.
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.
Students are not allowed to bring medicine to school. This includes cough medicine, cough drops, herbal supplements, prescription and over the counter medicines.
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.
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.]
PACE Students: With the exception of long-range projects, weekly homework will not exceed an additional 60 minutes.
Some homework tips:
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:
The criteria for High Honor Roll is as follows:
The criteria for Citizenship Honor Roll (proper behavior and effort) is as follows:
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.
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.