Health Services

Health Services advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and provide comprehensive and collaborative wellness for all students.

District Health Services


The State of Connecticut requires that incoming 6th grade students have a physical exam (blue form) on file with the school nurse. This is an opportunity to update the school about your child’s health status and provide required proof of immunizations. The following vaccines are required for entry into Grade 7: Tdap, meningococcal, and a 2nd varicella.


Any student who wishes to participate in interscholastic sports at McGee must have an annual sports physical. A sports physical done over the summer will cover your child for all sports seasons during the school year. The sports physical is recorded on the 2nd page of the blue health form.A sports physical is valid for 13 months from the date the physical was done.


All students requiring daily or occasional medications during the school day must have a medication authorization form filled out yearly by the physician/APRN and signed by the parent/guardian. The medication should be brought to school by a parent/guardian in the original, labeledcontainer. Students are allowed to carry inhalers if indicated on the authorization form by the physician.(Whenever possible, please have a spare inhaler kept in the nurse’s room in case the student forgets the medication at home and is in need of it.)Please inform the school nurse of any meds your child is taking outside of school as they may impact their school health.Students are prohibited from taking medication in school unless there is a physician order (including Tylenol and over the counter medicines).If a situation arises where your child is in need of medication during the school day, please call the school nurse to find out the best means of getting the physician order signed.Fax machines are most helpful in situations like these!


Parents will not receive a note from the nurse each time the student is seen in the health room.Parents will be contacted depending on the nature of the health room visit.Please make sure the school has up to date phone numbers, including cell phones.


If your child has a contagious condition such as pink eye, strep throat, head lice, mono, Fifth disease or chicken pox, please call the nurse so we may be aware of what illnesses may be affecting other children.


A child unable to participate in gym must have a note from either the physician or parent/guardian.Parents may excuse students from gym due to routine illness.A physician note must be obtained if the illness is due to a non-routine illness (ex. Mononucleosis) or an orthopedic problem (severe sprain, fracture).A physician note is also needed in cases like these to allow the student to resume gym class. Students who are unable to participate in gym class for more than one (1) week will be given a pass by the nurse to spend gym class in the library.


Scoliosis screening is done for 7th grade girls only.


If your child is going to have orthodontic work done, please pick up a medication order form so that the orthodontist can order medication for discomfort.


A doctor’s order is required for any cough drop containing menthol (please read the label).The following cough drops may be used in school with a permission note from the parent (no doctor’s order required): Ludens, Halls Breezes, Halls Refresh, Halls Defense with Vitamin C, and Ricola Naturals.All cough drops must be left in the Nurses’ Office.

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Karen Rettich, R.N.
 860-828-0323 x5509
f: 860-828-4533