Welcome to the Bangor High School Nurse’s Office. The role of the school nurse encompasses a wide range of responsibilities. Providing basic first aid and health care, health assessments, assisting with the management of chronic disease, medication administration, health screenings, coordinating care with other health professionals, and generally striving to optimize the health of all students and staff to foster a healthy learning environment.
- Contact Me
- Health Plan Information
- Vaccine Information
- Medication Administration
- Covid-19 Updates
- School-Based Health Clinic
Heather Haskins, RN, BSN
Individual Health Plans are available for students with allergies, chronic health issues, short term health issues, or anything in between. Your student does not need to have a 504 in place in order to get a health plan. Many times, a student will come to the high school with a health plan already in place (for things like diabetes or seizure disorders or allergies, etc.). However, if a student gets a new diagnosis or sustains an injury which affects their ability to navigate school without accommodations of some sort, then a health plan may be put in place for short term or indefinitely. If this is something you think might be beneficial to your student, please contact me with any questions.
Effective September 1, 2021, Maine State Law requires all students enrolled in public schools to be fully vaccinated with the standard childhood immunizations. Philosophical or religious exemptions are no longer accepted, unless a student had an IEP in place prior to September 1, 2021. In very few cases, a medical exemption may be accepted, but there must be a written statement by a medical provider who has license to practice in the state of Maine. Below are links to the Maine State Law requirements as well as the necessary forms for IEP or medical exemptions. Exemptions MUST be completed yearly.
It is best practice to give any prescription medication to students at home, either before or after school hours; however, we recognize that students often require medications during school hours and therefore are able to assist with that administration process. In order to have a student receive a prescription medication during school hours, a form must be completed and returned to the school nurse. The form will be faxed to the medical provider for completion and records of medication administration are kept in the nurse’s office. Below is the link for that form.
Covid-19 remains in our local community and our decisions to quarantine, isolate, and mask are all guided by the CDC guidelines and are made by our Superintendent. Currently, masking is optional in all schools and at all school events. These guidelines are subject to change, so please watch for updates on the Bangor School Department App or from your student’s school. Students and staff are encouraged to remain home if they are not feeling well and to test as needed.
Return to activity progression after COVID-19
We would like to communicate with families the expectations going forward for students returning to practices and games following quarantine.
Athletes are not permitted to return to sports without completing the COVID-19 protocol with the athletic trainer and receiving clearance. The trainer will need a note from the primary care provider of the student clearing them for starting the return to athletics protocol regardless of symptom severity. Even if an athlete has a doctor’s note clearing the athlete for sports with no restrictions, they will still need to go through the protocol with the athletic trainer before practice or play can resume. This process is similar to the concussion return to play procedures.
We are fortunate to have a school-based health clinic housed right here in Bangor High School. It is a place where students may receive services without parents having to take time away from work; there is a provider on site who can assist with diagnosing and treating health needs that may arise acutely, as well as facilitating necessary vaccines, sports physicals, return to play appointments after having COVID, and so much more. This is possible through a program with Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC).
Note: Your child does not need to be a PCHC patient to enroll in this program.
Visit the PCHC School-Based Clinic web page to learn what a school based health center is, view the enrollment form, and vaccine permission forms.