July 31, 2021
School Nurse

Felicia Hayes, MSN, RN
School Nurse
Hartford High School
(802) 359-4623

Health Services

Stay safe and healthy this summer with these Summer Wellness Resources compiled by the HHS nurse and counselors.

It is cold and flu season and with rising concerns about the Coronavirus, it is important to stay healthy and informed!  Please use the following links to the CDC and Vermont Department of Health for further information on Coronavirus.

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Vermont DOH:  https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus

The best thing people can do to prevent infection is to practice good hand washing techniques.  Please see this video for more information on hand hygiene.

More information about the Coronavirus can be found in these fact sheets:


REMINDER:  If your child becomes sick and has a fever, they should not return to school until their temperature is less than 100F for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (Tylenol/Ibuprofen/Motrin/ Advil).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse or your healthcare provider. 

Well Child Exams

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual well child exams for all school aged children. Establishing care with a primary care provider and dentist for preventive screening and care is important to ensure that children receive all appropriate health services and that their full learning potential is not impacted by poor health. For more information please check out the Bright Futures website: https://brightfutures.aap.org/Pages/default.aspx 


Written verification of immunizations from a health care provider is required by Vermont law.  All students must
have written verification of having received all immunizations required for public school attendance OR appropriate
documentation of exemption in their school health record.  Religious exemptions forms must be completed EACH
year. You can obtain this from the Health Office or print the form from the link on this page.

If your child receives a new immunization from your health provider, please send written documentation stating
dates and type of immunization received.  If verification of immunizations has not been received you will be

Medical Concerns
The goal of the School Health Office is to ensure that students’ healthcare needs are met. Communication between
the school, parents/guardians and community healthcare providers regarding medical/supportive needs is vital to the
success and safety of the students. Please encourage your health care providers to communicate pertinent
information regarding medical/support needs during the school day to the nurse.  

Please advise the school nurse if your child has a chronic health problem or a health condition that may create a need
for emergency or supportive care during the school day.  Some conditions the school nurse should be made aware of
are asthma, life threatening allergies, seizures and diabetes to name a few. It is important that you notify the school
nurse during the school year of any changes in your child’s health status.  

Students are not allowed to carry medications on their person with the exception of certain rescue medications
including inhalers and Epi-Pens as well as medication related to diabetes management.  If a student requires
medication to be administered during the school day, permission forms must be on file and the medication must be
received in the original pharmacy labeled container.

The School Health Office will have a supply of Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advis) and antacid (TUMs) to
be administered at the discretion of the school nurse or his/her designee as needed for minor aches and pains as long
as permission is on file in the way of the signed Student Emergency Information Form.

Non-Prescription medications other than those listed above can be administered by the school nurse or his/her
designee as long as a signed permission form is on file and the medication is provided to the school in the original

All required forms are available in the School Health Office or on this webpage.

Illness at School
If a student becomes ill in school, he/she must report to the nurse’s office with a pass from his/her teacher.  The
school nurse and the student will make the decision as to what shall be done. Students must not leave the building
because of illness without authorization.  If the student calls home claiming illness, please contact the school nurse
for dismissal procedures. If the nurse is not available, he/she must contact the main office.
When a student has been out or sent home due to illness, they SHOULD NOT return if they are exhibiting the
following symptoms:

  1. Fever - temperature of 100°F or greater.  Student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol/acetaminophen, Motrin/Advil/ibuprofen) before returning to school.
  2. Sore throat - if a student has been diagnosed with strep throat, they must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
  3. Vomiting - two or more times in the last 24 hour period. Students may be sent home from school after a single episode of vomiting at the discretion of the school nurse.
  4. Diarrhea - three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period.
  5. Drainage from eyes - if a student has been diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, “pink eye,” they must be on antibiotic eye drops/ointment for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
  6. Rash - significant body rash accompanied by itching and/or fever.
  7. Lice/Scabies - students will not be sent home for this but MUST receive treatment before returning to school.

A student CAN BE sent to school with the following symptoms:

  1. Mild cold like symptoms (i.e. cough, runny/stuffy nose) WITHOUT a fever
  2. Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue WITHOUT a fever
  3. Sore throat and/or hoarse voice WITHOUT a fever
  4. Single episodes of vomiting or diarrhea WITHOUT a fever

Please refer to the Student Handbook for further details on any of the subjects listed above or feel free to contact the school nurse with questions.

Quick Links

Summer Wellness Resources

JUUL and Youth: Rising E-Cigarette Popularity

JUUL Report - April 2018


Vermont Department of Health

Looking for a Heath Plan?  VERMONT HEALTH CONNECT can assist you online or call toll-free. A personal Health Navigator is also available to help you find the right health coverage for your family. Call 1- 855- 899- 9600 or visit them online at VermontHealthConnect.gov.

Vaccination Rates

The Vermont Department of Health collects vaccination coverage data from all Vermont public and independent schools. Vaccination coverage, or the percent of people who have received particular vaccines, is measured at national, state and local levels. The Immunization Program reviews data to assess vaccination coverage, identify populations at risk and measure the impact of current initiatives. - Vermont Department of Health

Hartford High School
Total Enrollment: 479
DTaP/Tdap Met:  99%
Polio Met:  99.2%
MMR Met:  98.8%
Hep B Met:  99.4%
Varicella Met:  99%
Fully Vaccinated:  98.3%