Health Services

School Nurses: Luong Duong BSN, RN;508-829-6771 ext. 1330; Louisa Corazzini BSN, RN, NCSN; 508-829-6771 ext. 1333; 
Health Secretary: Karen Pirani, ext. 1331
Fax: 508-829-1689 (shared fax)

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"A child must be healthy to learn and a child must learn to be healthy..."
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Safety Protocol for Medication Drop Off for 2020-2021 School Year

The WRHS Health Office is open
every day school is in session from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In her role as primary medical provider at WRHS, the school nurse:

  • Provides health assessments, first aid, and emergency care
  • Conducts state mandated screening, including vision, hearing, height & weight (BMI), and postural
  • Develops and implements Individual Health Care Plans (IHCPs) for students with special health care needs
  • Oversees medication administration and assessment for prescription as well as over the counter medications
  • Maintains confidential student health records
  • Provides link to access community health services
  • Provides health counseling and education individually and in the classroom setting as appropriate
  • Monitors immunization compliance and communicable disease control

Massachusetts offers free or low cost medical insurance for all children. Confidential information and applications can be obtained from your school nurse or by contacting:  Children's Medical Security Plan at: 1-888-665-9993

School Attendance Guidelines

When should your child stay home?

  • If your child has had a fever over 100 degrees within the past 24 hours
  • If your child is vomiting or has had diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • If your child has Conjunctivitis (red/pink eyes with drainage and itchy), he or she may return to school AFTER receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
  • If your child has Strep throat, he or she may return to school AFTER receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
  • If your child has active head lice, he or she must be treated and seen by the school nurse PRIOR to returning to school

Parent/Guardians will be contacted to take their child home if, in the professional opinion of the school nurse, the child is unable to participate in school activities or puts other students and staff at risk for illness. Please have a plan in place to pick up your child in case he/she needs to be dismissed from school.


Medication Policy



Promoting A Partnership


  • Parent/Guardians have a major role in the health and well-being of their children. It is important for the school nurse and parents to work together to provide a healthy learning experience for their child. Parents can assist by:
  • Sending in completed health forms
  • Updating emergency telephone numbers and contacts
  • Obtaining immunizations and physicals yearly as required
  • Communicating with the school nurse any health concerns you have about your child


State-Mandated Immunizations


State law requires students enrolled in the Wachusett Regional School District (WRSD) to have proof of immunization as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Children who are NOT in compliance will be EXCLUDED from school. Please speak to your school nurse if you have any questions regarding your child's immunization record. Your primary physician should complete this Immunization Form, which should be brought to the WRHS Health Office.

Three situations when students that are not fully immunized may attend to school:

- Medical Exemptions are allowed if a physician submits documentation attesting that an immunization is medically contraindicated  (Must be renewed each year).

- Religious Exemptions are allowed if a parent or guardian submits a written statement   

  that immunizations conflict with their sincere religious beliefs ( Must be renewed each 


- Homeless children cannot be excluded from school due to lack of an immunizations

  record (McKinney-Vento Act).

Parent/Guardian may provide your own exemption letter or use this exemption form:
Religious/Medical Exemption Letter


The Health Office also performs various health-related screenings such as Vision and Hearing, BMI, Scoliosis, and SBIRT. Parents will be notified of abnormal results from these screenings.

  • Vision & Hearing Assessments: The state mandates that vision and hearing screening be performed on all sophomores (10th-graders). Abnormal findings are reported to the parent or guardian.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessment: The state mandates that all sophomores (10th graders) have a BMI index done to detect growth abnormalities in children. This assessment is done at the same time the vision and hearing screenings are done. Parents or guardians will be notified of the results. Parents who wish to opt out of the state-mandated BMI screenings must download and sign this form and return it to the WRHS Health Office.
  • Scoliosis or Postural Assessment: The state mandates that all Freshmen (9th graders) have postural screening done to detect possible early signs of spinal problems which should have a further medical evaluation from their family physician.  Parents will be notified if early signs are detected.
  • SBIRT Assessment:  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).  Drug screening law mandating by the state that Massachusetts schools verbally screen students for potential drug/alcohol use/abuse. At the high school, we screen 10th graders and parents have the ability to opt their students out. Students also have the ability to opt out, separately from their parents.


Sports Physicals


In accordance with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) all middle and high school students wishing to participate in school athletic programs are required to have a current physical on file in the school health office. The physical must be current within 13 months and must cover the entire sports season. The Massachusetts Physical Health Form should be filled out by the family physician. For more information see the WRHS Athletics webpage.




A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. Some symptoms of concussions may be experienced immediately, while others may be delayed for hours or days after injury, such as:

  • Headache or "pressure" in head.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
  • Bothered by light or noise.
  • Feeling tired, sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
  • Just not "feeling right," or "feeling down".
  • Feeling more emotional than usual.
  • Sleep disturbances.

Here at Wachusett Regional High School we take concussions very seriously. If your child/player/student reports any symptoms of concussion seek medical attention right away. If your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, medical documentation is required for all accommodations. In order to return to a full schedule including physical education and participation in any extracurricular sports/activities, medical clearance is required. Please submit all required paperwork to the Health Office.