School Health Information

Portsmouth Public Schools
School Health Information for Enrolling Students


Physical Examinations are required for students entering a 4 year old program-grade 5.

4 year olds: the physical must be dated within a calendar year of first day of school

5 year olds entering K (for the first time): the physical must be dated within a calendar year of first day of school.

Students in grades 1-5: if a physical was done for a prior school district, it may be used. No student may attend without proof of the physical. If it was done in another location, it can be faxed to the school with the parent's permission.

All immunizations must be completed prior to school entrance or have proof that the student is on a schedule to complete them.  Failure to complete the immunization requirements on schedule will result in exclusion from school.

4 DTaP,DTP: one after 4th birthday

4 Polio (OPV/IPV): one after the 4th birthday

#1MMR-given at 12 months (365 days) or older; #2MMR-prior to entry into K (or grade 1 if never in K)-can be administered at any time after the minimum interval (28 days) between dose 1and 2

Hepatitis- complete series of 3 doses (with at least 4 months spacing between 1st and 3rd doses)

Varicella: all susceptible children born on or after 1/1/97, shall be required to have a dose of chickenpox vaccine not earlier than the age of 12 months (365 days); a second dose is required prior to entry into Kindergarten (or grade 1 - if never in Kindergarten)

Tdap booster:  required for all students entering the 6th grade, if at least 5 years have passed since last dose of tetanus - containing vaccine (effective 7/1/06)

Immunizations are available, usually free of charge, at the Portsmouth Health Department -- call 393-8585 for more information.

Medications: We encourage administration of medicine before and after school whenever possible. However, if your physician decides it is necessary for your child to receive a medication during the school day, we must have a Parent Medication Consent Form signed by both the physician and the parent. The completed form and the prescription, which must be in the original container with the pharmacy label intact, should be given to the school nurse or the medical designee by the parent/guardian.

Fever Policy:  According to Medical Orders for Portsmouth Public Schools, students with a fever of 100° or greater are to stay home until they are free of fever for a full 24 hours (without using any type of fever reducing medicine, such as Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) before returning to school.  In addition, a student should stay home until symptoms, such as sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea or severe congestion are completely resolved and the child is well enough to return to school.

Screening: Routine screening for height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, vision and hearing are provided at grades specified by the district and in keeping with State mandates. Consult with your school nurse for individual grade information. Any defects found during the screening will be communicated to the student's parents.

Head Lice: Our school system enforces a "no nit" policy. No student will be allowed in schools as long as any evidence of head lice (adult lice or nits (eggs) remains in his/her hair. Periodic checks for head lice are done in the school. Regular checks of your child's hair at home will assist us (and you) in preventing large outbreaks of this nuisance.

Treatments/Procedures: If it is necessary for a student to receive specialized care, an order must be written by their physician and a permission form must be signed by the parent. Both the order and permission will be kept on file at the school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide the necessary supplies and equipment needed for any specialized care, including diabetic management, tube feedings, and catheterizations.

Special Health Information: Please inform the school nurse of any special health problems that your child may have. Appropriate plans can then be made to meet his/her needs. Pertinent information for the student's safety will be shared with appropriate personnel only.

School Nurse: There is a school nurse assigned to your child's school. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's health, please contact her by calling the school office and leaving your name and number. She will return your call at the earliest opportunity.

If you have medical/health related questions during the summer or after the regular school hours, please feel free to call the School Health Services  Supervisor at 393-8661. The office is open from 8:00 am-4:30 pm.