Welcome to the Barnstable West Villages Elementary School Health ServicesGrades K through 3Health Services Mission Statement:"The mission of the Barnstable Public School Nurses is to promote student health and wellness in a safe, supportive and culturally diverse environment that fosters the acedemic success of the whole child."Remember to dress your children in warm clothes during cooler months! We try and go outside whenever weather permits! :)
School Nurse: Gayle Tracy BSN, RN, NCSNRemember, we do have an absence line dedicated to absence calls, but if your child is having an extended illness, or there is special medical information the Nurse should know, please call me directly.
firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 508-420-1100 extension 1511Fax: 508-420-1486Thank you for taking a look at the West Villages School Health page. Please check this page regularly for health updates, news from the Nurse, and tips on what is going on in the building with respect to health and wellness!IMPORTANT: Parents- please note that West Villages has instituted a new automated attendance call to all students who are absent, and the school has not received a call on the absence line on that day. Emails to the teachers do not always reach the front office prior to this call, so please remember to communicate via the absence line. When you call the school, you will press 1 to leave a message on the attendance line. This line is checked before 10am to retrieve the messages.The Health Office is opened during school hours providing professional nursing care to students and the school community. The school nurse's role includes:
- Assessing student health status and making referrals
- Identify vision and hearing problems that impact learning
- Delivering emergency care
- Administering medications
- Performing health care procedures
- Disaster preparedness
- Providing health counseling and wellness programs
- Creating individual health care plans for students with health care needs
Healthy Children Learn Better!Yearly Health Screenings
The Barnstable Public Schools conduct the following health screenings as mandated by Massachusetts General Law and the Department of Public Health (DPH). Parents/ guardians should refer to the schools handbook; you can request in writing that your child not participate.
Vision will be screened in grades K-5, 7, and 10.
Hearing will be screened in grades K- 3, 7, and 10.
Height and Weight will be measured in grades 1, 4, 7, and grade 10.
Postural Screening will be conducted in grades 5-9.
Documentation of a recent physical exam is required when registering to enter the Barnstable Public Schools and in grades K, 3, 7, and 10. A yearly physical exam is also required for students participating in interscholastic sports.Schools follow the Mass Immunization Requirement for schools
Parents will be notified by the health office if their child fails a vision, hearing, or postural screening. If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s health office.Parents of younger students may want to keep a change of clothing in your student's back pack. Accidents do happen and many children are more comfortable changing into their own clothing
from the American Dietetic Association