Health Services

Denise Berry RN, ASN

Lori Danko LPN

Tiffany Chalfant RN, BSN

Phone: 860-628-3275 Ext. 5

Fax: 860-628-3283


Our Nursing role as a liaison among students, family, healthcare providers, educators, and support staff fosters each student to achieve his/her highest level of academic success and enables each staff member to maintain an optimal level of wellness. Components of nursing services include prevention, assessment, intervention, consultation, and evaluation of outcome. This is achieved by utilizing the nursing process in health care promotion, instruction, counseling, screening, and referrals, and by implementing the procedural aspects of nursing care.

Our school nurse will be available at JFK for your convenience on August 17 and 24 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

These days are open for student athletes to obtain yellow cards prior to the start of school for fall sport try-outs. In addition, school physicals and medications with medical doctor’s orders will also be accepted on these dates and times.

As a reminder to obtain a yellow card, students need the following: Physical completed by a medical doctor within the past 13 months, a parent permission form completed and signed along with concussion and cardiac forms, also completed and signed by a parent. All needed forms can be found and printed from the Kennedy school website, within the Athletics section. These forms will also be available in the health office on the days listed or before the last day of school. If you have any questions or concerns please call the health office @ 860-628-3275, option 4.

When Your Child Is Ill

The school nurse will ask parents/legal guardians to pick up a student who becomes ill during school hours or who has an illness or injury that, in the professional judgment of the school nurse, needs to be observed at home or assessed by a medical doctor.

Examples may include, but are not limited to:

Elevated temperature of 100 degrees F. and above

  • Seizure, head injury, severe headache, blurred vision or dizziness
  • Severe asthmatic episode or respiratory difficulty
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Generalized allergic reaction
  • Weeping or unusual rash
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Communicable illness
  • Injury requiring sutures
  • Fracture
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Dental injury

9-1-1 will be called in an emergency for immediate transportation to the hospital.

Staying Home From School

To safeguard the health of all students, we ask parents/legal guardians to monitor their children for possible communicable diseases.

Students should stay home from school if they:

Have an elevated temperature of 100 degrees F. and above

  • Have an undiagnosed rash
  • Have recurrent vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • Have more than one episode of diarrhea
  • Have large amounts of yellow/green mucus discharge from nose
  • Have a severe sore throat (possible strep throat)
  • Have conjunctivitis (pink eye) with discharge
  • Have an active infestation of head lice
  • Have a communicable illness

Students should remain home:

  • For at least 24 hours after an elevated temperature returns to normal without anti-inflammatory medication
  • For at least 24 hours after their first dose of antibiotic medication
  • For severe earache, with or without fever
  • For at least 24 hours after recurrent vomiting/diarrhea has ended
  • Until treatment for conjunctivitis is initiated
  • Until they are adequately treated for head lice, scabies, or other infestation/communicable disease, and assessed by the school nurse
  • Until chickenpox/shingles vesicles or any rash with drainage has dried and completely scabbed over

Yearly Screenings

All students who have not had a postural screening within a year of the school's scheduled screening will receive a scoliosis screening in school. This exam can be declined with a written note from the student's parent/guardian declining the exam. This note must be brought to school's Health Office to be put in the student's file.

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