Katherine Bell RN, NP, MSN
9 Philip Road
Lexington, MA 02421
781-861-2500 ext 1105
health room fax (new) 781-861-2304
Hours 8:30am-3:30pm M-F
The school attendance phone number is 781-861-2503. This line is for calling in your child's absence. Please leave your child's name, grade, teacher's name and the reason for the absence after the prompt.
Please notify the school nurse with any changes in your child's health status. These changes may include an injury, an illness, a hospitalization, and illness or death of a family member/beloved pet or any other event in which your child may need some extra support during their school day.
All forms for Lexington Public Schools are available by clicking "Health Forms" in menu box located at top left of this page.
Information about medication at school can be found in the menu box located at top left of this page. No medication can be given by the school nurse without a doctor's order and parent permission.
A doctor's order is needed if your child is to be excused from recess or gym for any reason. Children are kept indoors for recess when the temperature outside during the winter is below 20 degrees.
The nurse does not get messages left on the school absence line (office staff get these messages) unless directed to by parents. Messages for the school nurse are to be left on the nurse's voice mail at extension 1105.
- Lynn Taber's last day was March 8th. Lynn wishes to thank everyone for all their support during her time at Bowman over the past twelve years.
- Parents of students in grade 5-Information was sent home with each grade 5 student on 1/23/13 about the state mandated postural screening planned during gym classes on 2/11/13 & 2/12/13. Please contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns.
- The school-wide state mandated hearing and vision screening was completed in November. If your child came home with a referral for follow-up, please make the follow-up appointment as soon as possible and return the referral paper work that was sent home with your child, completed by the doctor, to the school nurse. Please contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns.
- Parents of students in grades 1 & 4-the Body Mass Index (BMI) letters were mailed home on 10/26/12 after the state mandated height/weight screening was completed. Please contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns.
- Please put an extra set of clothes, especially pants, underwear and socks, (include footwear if your child comes home with soaking wet shoes/sneakers), in your child's locker in case of any urinary accidents or contact with puddles, wet grass and snow at recess.
Healthy Tips for Children
- getting enough sleep, avoid coming to school too tired to learn
- keeping hydrated, even during winter months
- eating a healthy diet
- washing hands before eating
- using lotions and balms on skin that is dry, red and chapped
- getting regular exercise
- dress appropriately for weather, especially in winter with boots, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves
Website for reducing stress and developing resiliency:
Reducing Stress and Developing Resiliency
Healthy Snack List
Nutrition/Activity Fact Sheet
When to keep your child home from school
Lice- Lice is common at any time of the year. Please monitor your child's head regularly for lice. Early detection and treatment are the best strategies for getting rid of lice. Nit picking is required for at least two weeks to keep the child free of lice, sometimes longer nit picking is required for complete removal.
No one likes to find lice on their child's head but not checking for lice could result in a bigger job and a longer time for treatment. Some parents like to keep a lice infestation private. Please consider calling family and friends with possible exposure to help limit the time of treatment for everyone involved. Another way to inform other parents without having to expose your family is to tell the school nurse and an anonymous update will be posted on this website. (see below) There are many resources available to parents for lice management. Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions.
October-grades 1, 2 & 3
November-grades 1, 2 & 3
December-no lice found or reported to nurse
January-grades 1, 5
February-no lice found or reported to nurse
All confirmed cases of lice have had treatment at home. The parents involved continue to look for and pick out nits.
Updated Head Lice Management TipsMyths and Facts about Head Lice
Halloween-Halloween Safety Tips
Valentines Day-Valentine Notice
(no candy attached)
Lexington Resources Red Flags for Risky Behavior
End of Year Notices
Medication pickup by parents
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