COVID Reminders for Parents

    Parental COVID Symptom Daily Checklists:  
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    Prior to sending your child to school each day, you must complete the following Daily Checklist (above) to check for symptoms which might warrant your child stay home. 

    Parents, please - 

    *  Keep children home if they are experiencing COVID like symptoms and call their pediatrician and school nurse. 

    *  Keep children home if ANYONE in the home is sick with COVID like symptoms and call your pediatrician and school nurse.

    *  If parents suspect their child was exposed to anyone with COVID, they should keep them home and call their pediatrician and school nurse. 

    Face Masks & Face Coverings - Why Should They Be Worn?  (Parent Newsletter from Ashland Health Services Department)

    *  A Parent's Guide to Decision-Making During a Pandemic (provides flowchart to guide parents what to do if their child has COVID-like symptoms; contains list of easily identifiable COVID symptoms; includes QR code that, when scanned with your cell phone, shows list of COVID-19 testing sites). 


    Parents/Guardians, please remember to:

    *  Notify the school when your child will be absent. 

    *  If both parents work, arrange for alternative care and notify the school of these plans. 

    *  Remember: The best way to prevent infection is handwashing.

    School Attendance  Phone Lines    

    All schools have an answering machine which takes calls outside of normal school hours. Please include your child's name, homeroom number or teacher's name, and reason for absence when leaving a message. Thank you!

    Ashland High School:        508-881-0177
    Ashland Middle School:     508-881-0196
    David Mindess School:      508-881-0194
    Henry Warren School:       508-881-0188
    William Pittaway School:   508-881-0160


    Our Clinical Guidelines 

    Bacterial Conjunctivitis
    “Pink Eye”. The child must have 24 hours of antibiotic treatment before returning to school.

    A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours. 

    If a child is not feeling well before school, the parent should check his/her temperature. A child should not be sent to school with a fever. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees F (37.7 degrees C) or higher will be sent home. Child must be fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours before he/she returns to school.

    Head Lice
    If a child at school is found to have head lice or nits, he/she will be sent home for treatment. After treatment the student must return with a parent so that the student may be checked by the school nurse. In order to return to school, hair must be free of all nits and lice.  View our APS Lice Brochure

    A child must be on prescription medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

    Strep Throat
    A child must remain out of school until the culture results are known. If the result is positive, the child must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

    Other conditions are at the discretion of the school nurse.

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    Joseph Chartor, MD
    Audrey Lacroix, RN, BSN, NCSN 
    Head Nurse

    Mailing Address:
    87 W. Union Street
    Ashland, MA 01721

    FAX:  508-881-0168 

    School Nurses  

    Ashland High School (9-12)
    Maureen Wiencek, RN, BSN, MSN
    Erin Gaiero, RN, BSN
    Kathryn Ihry, RN, BSN
    Email: ahs_nurses@ashland.k12.ma.us

    Fax: 508-881-0187  

    Ashland Middle School (6-8)
    Audrey LaCroix, RN, BSN, NCSN

    Fax: 508-881-0168
    David Mindess School (3-5)
    Kristina Moulton
    Nancy Hopkins RN, BSN, MSN, NCSN
    Email: mes_nurses@ashland.k12.ma.us

    Fax: 508-881-0189 
    Henry Warren School (K-2) 
    Phylis Bhandari 
    Michelle Van Kleeff RN, BSN

    Fax: 508-881-0185
    Wm. Pittaway School (PreK)
    Kerrin Conceicao RN, BSN

    Fax: 508-881-0147