Melissa Ledbetter, BSN, RN
Leicester Primary School Nurse

Health Office Hours: 8:35-3:25
508-892-7050 or 508-892-7051  ext. 303

I am in the health office from 8:35 AM to 3:25 PM daily.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s health during the school day, please feel free to call or e-mail me during that time. I try to respond to non-urgent matters within 24 hours.

School Absences

Please remember to call the school if your child is going to be absent. We will be calling if we do not have a voice message or note from you prior to or on the day of the absence. A LITTLE TIP: I know the phone lines can be very busy during the school hours. You can call anytime day or night and leave a message on the voice mail of the nurse (EXT 303) or front office.


Each day many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick children at home or send them off to school? Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision:

Fever. The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100°. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever- reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).

Diarrhea/Vomiting. A child with diarrhea and /or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours, unless otherwise specified by the school nurse or licensed health care provider.

Conjunctivitis. Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.

Rashes. Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.

Colds. Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion and cough. A continuous green discharge from the nose may be a sign of infection. Consider having the child seen by your health care provider.

A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.

Physical Exams

Massachusetts General Law M.G.L. c. 71, s 57 and related amendments and regulations (105 CMR 22.000-2000.920) require updated physical examinations of school children every three to four years or as a new enterer into a school system. These exams must be on file in the school health record. All students entering Pre-K and Kindergarten must have a physical examination within the last year on file at school. 


All students must have an up-to-date immunization record on file before entering Primary School. Students entering Pre-K or Kindergarten or transferring from another district, will not be permitted to start school until the Health Record is complete.

Medication Reminder

All students who take medication during the school day must have the proper forms on file (doctor’s order and parental consent). No child may transport his/her own medication. The medication must be brought to school in the original and properly labeled container by the parent or adult designate. This includes both prescription and over the counter medication. 

Fluoride Program

We started administering fluoride to the first and second graders in November. Wednesday is our fluoride day. Only students with written permission forms from parents/guardians replying yes will be able to participate in this program. If you have changed your mind regarding your child's participation, please call the school nurse and a new form will be sent home.

Needed Clothing

With over 400 preschool through grade 2 students in our school, you can only imagine the number of lunchtime spills and bathroom accidents that occur each day. In these instances, we try to provide the student with clean clothes and if necessary, new underwear. I generally do not call the parents with this issue and provide this service so that the children can continue their day and parents are not inconvenienced at home or work. Finally, I would appreciate any donation of clothing that is in good condition, especially items with elastic waist or “stretchy” items that would fit multiple sizes. Please keep us in mind when shopping for your children. Donations of new underwear and socks for both boys and girls help us provide parents with this service and are greatly appreciated.

Donations gladly accepted! Packaged underwear & socks

Zip sweatshirts

Elastic band pants

Clorox wipes

Paper towels

Flushable wipes

Ziploc baggies

Plastic spoons

3 & 5 oz disposable cups/dispenser

Hair elastics


Chuck’s pads

Unopened Nebulizer tubing

Seek and find books/coloring Thank you!
Appropriate Clothing for the Weather

Please remember that the children go out to recess all year long for a much needed breath of fresh air as long as the temperature with the wind chill is above 20 degrees. Please make sure that your child comes to school with the appropriate outerwear for this time in the playground.

Thermostat F.Y.I...

The classroom thermostat will be kept at 68 degrees during the heating season. It would be a good idea for parents to send their children to school daily with a sweater or sweatshirt.

Sun Safety

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common cancer. About 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. But, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers!

Remember Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide when you think of sun safety.
Slip: Slip on a Shirt!
(Or other protective clothing)
Slop: Slop on Sunscreen!
(Make sure it is at least SPF 30+ and reapply as directed)
**Please remember to slop on sunscreen before school. I can not apply sunscreen to the students during the school day without a doctor’s order.
Slap: Slap on a Hat!
(Preferably one that shades your face, ears and back of you neck)
Seek: Seek Shade whenever possible.
Slide: Slide on Sunglasses!
(To protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around them)
Have fun in the sun and outside, but be safe and sunsmart!
Check out this 30 second video: Sunsmart Sid the Seagull Video
Have a wonderful Summer Break! I will see you in the Fall!

 Remember Your Helmet!

Now that Spring is here, I’m hoping that all Primary Students are getting outside to get in their 60 minutes of exercise per day! Spring sports have started and I’ve been seeing kids riding their bikes around neighborhoods. Please remember to be safe and have your child wear a helmet when biking or skating and while playing any sports that require one.
Some guidelines from the CDC:
Your child's helmet should fit properly and be:

Well maintained
Age appropriate
Worn consistently and correctly
Appropriately certified for use

While there is no concussion-proof helmet, a helmet can help protect your child from a serious brain or head injury. Even with a helmet, it is important for your child to avoid hits to the head.

A Word on Antibiotic Abuse

We have seen a lot of sickness and viruses in the Health Office this year. I often hear, “She has a virus/cold, but she is on antibiotics so she should feel better soon.” Please beware! Make sure you know why your child has been put on a certain medication. Ask questions to your doctor and be sure you are informed and give antibiotics properly.

From the CDC: Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It's true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.

Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic if your child has a bacterial infection. This usually means there was some sort of lab sent out to determine the type of bacteria. For instance, a throat swab/culture for strep or a urine culture for a UTI. Fungal and Parasitic infections will also need special medication. However, antibiotics are not a treatment for viruses.

When your child is sick, consult your doctor and ask the right questions when you are at the visit.

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