Student Health Services

Health Services

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. A good health plays an important role in order to support children and enhance their learning. The nurses in Watertown are dedicated in providing direct care to all students in order to maintain all aspects of their wellbeing including physical, social, emotional and mental health. Together with help from families and other essential staff we can prepare our children for a bright future. The Watertown School District has policies and protocols established in accordance with the Connecticut Department of Education, the Department of Public Health, and the CDC.

Contact Your School Nurse:

Health Services Manager- Aishe Sariturk, RN sariturkai@watertownps.org (860) 945-5176

JTPS - Bianca Perez, RN perezbi@watertownps.org (860) 945-1401

JTPS - Carrie Petrucci, RN petruccica@watertownps.org (860) 945-2776

Judson - Melissa Wesaw, RN wesawme@watertownps.org (860) 945-5738

Polk - Georgianna Karlak, RN karlakge@watertownps.org (860) 945-5128

Swift - Ann Terzigni, RN terzignian@watertownps.org (860) 945-4613

Swift - Lisa Dilger, RN diligerli@watertownps.org (860) 945-4613

WHS - Michelle Spagnoletti, RN spagnolettimi@watertownps.org (860) 945-5021

WHS - Casey Golovin, RN golovinca@watertownps.org (860) 945-5021

Connecticut Health Requirements & Forms

Based on Connecticut law, no one may attend school without the required medical documentation outlined below. On rare occasion, students may have a written exemption based on specific medical grounds.

The Health Assessment form (HAR-3) is mandatory for Pre-School/ Kindergarten, Grades 6 and 9 students. Students who participate in Watertown Athletics must have an annual physical approved with a doctor's signature.

Health Assessment Form (Pre-K)

Health Assessment Form (K-12)

CT Immunization Requirements

Medication Authorization Form

Post Injury/Post Illness Clearance

Sunscreen Authorization

Authorization for Self Administration of Epi Pen

Authorization for Administration of Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen & Tums

Authorization for Self Administration of Inhaled Medication

Additional Resources

Management of Common Infectious Illnesses

  • A student with a fever of 100 or higher cannot come to school until they are fever free for 24hrs without the use of medication.

  • A student who is vomiting cannot come to school and cannot return until they have been 24hrs free from vomiting.

  • Please click the above link to find other important illness protocols followed in WPS.

Local Pediatricians

Watertown Community Social-Emotional Support

Husky Health Insurance - https://portal.ct.gov/husky

REQUIRED PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

New Students to the District

  1. ALL new students (including Kindergarten) are required to receive a series of required immunizations and a physical exam, completed by a licensed physician in the USA, within 12 months of starting school. Find the required immunizations here: 23 24 Required Immunizations Please note that Pre-K students are required to have annual flu vaccine in order to attend school.

  2. ALL Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9 Students are required to provide proof of a current physical examination and updated immunizations during the school year.

  3. Swift and WHS athletes participating in sports are required to provide sports physicals signed by an approved licensed medical physician. Yearly regular physicals can be accepted in place of as sports physical as long it is current, however a sports physical cannot take the place of an annual physical.

  4. Parents please be sure to fully complete and sign the first page of the health assessment record (physical form) before bringing it to the school nurse.

  5. Religious exemptions done after April 28th 2021 are not valid and will not be accepted.

  6. Students enrolling in Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 are required to have the annual flu vaccine.

  7. State of Connecticut offers a program called the Connecticut Vaccine Program (CVP) which is state funded and federally funded to help children get access to vaccines at no cost. Please visit the Department of Public Health website for more information.

REQUIRED HEALTH SCREENINGS

WPS Immunization Policy

WPS Health Screening Policy

Vision: Kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 4, and 5
Hearing: Kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 4, and 5
Postural/Scoliosis: Females in grades 5 and 7; Males in grade 8 & 9

Please note that if you choose to opt out for any of the above screenings for your child, a note must be sent to the school nurse.

We ask that parents/guardians please make sure your child's medical records are current.