Children with special health needs may need an Individual Health
Care Plan. The health care plan provides detailed instructions to
nurses, teachers and school staff about how to meet your child’s
medical needs while s/he is in school. The health care plan is
collaboratively developed by the nurse, parent/guardian, and child’s
physician and/or specialist.
If your child has any of the following conditions, s/he may need
a health care plan: asthma, diabetes; life threatening allergy;
seizure disorder; any other health condition that requires specialized
nursing care or monitoring (e.g., Cerebral Palsy, Celiac Disease,
G-tube Feedings, Intravenous Line Care, Ostomy Care, etc.); or any
illness, injury, or recent surgery that requires accommodations during
the school day (e.g., rest or assistance traveling through the school).
Health information is kept confidential and is shared with school staff
on a “need to know” basis. Teachers, special education teachers and
staff, key administrators (Principal, Assistant Principal), school
nurse substitutes, teaching substitutes, and others as appropriate,
receive only the health information that they need to know to provide
your child with education, health, and safety services during the
school day. Your school nurse will discuss details with you during the
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An Important Note About Before and After School Activities Top of Page
Newburyport Public Schools is concerned with the safety and well being
of all its children. During school hours a nurse is on duty to provide
assessments, first aid, emergency care and medication administration. There is no nurse available during before-school and after-school programs and organized activities (e.g., sports, clubs).
If an emergency arises, staff will activate the emergency medical
system and the student will be transported to the nearest hospital.
Note that after school personnel cannot deliver medical procedures or
obtain or administer medications. Students with special health needs are
encouraged to carry necessary items (e.g., inhalers, EpiPens) during
these times. If your child requires specific assistance during a before
or after school activity please contact your child’s school nurse for guidance.