Health Information 2022
Darien Public Schools Department of Health Services
Important health information for the upcoming 2022-23 school year
(School Nurses will be available beginning August 24th 2022 for the 2022-23 school year)*
Student Health Requirements
Physical exams with up-to-date immunizations are required prior to enrollment, when transferring into the district, prior entry into Pre-K, Kindergarten, and prior to entry into 7th and 10th grade. The physical exam must be on the State of Connecticut Health Assessment record for K-12 students or the State_of_Connecticut_Early_Childhood_Assessment_Record_Preschool.pdf for Pre-K Students/ELP (Early Learning Program) Students. For more specific information on physical exam requirements please click here.
All physicals and immunizations must be reviewed and approved by a school nurse prior to enrollment and participation in high school interscholastic athletics. In addition all students who participate in DHS interscholastic athletics must submit a valid physical per CIAC guidelines. For more information on health requirements for participating in DHS athletics please click here.
* Please email or mail required forms to you child’s school nurse prior to the start of the school year
Emergency Contact Information
The school nurse uses the parent/guardian/emergency contact information collected in ASPEN to reach you in the event of a medical emergency. It is of utmost importance that the information provided is accurate and current. It is essential for Parents/Guardians to complete the emergency information for each student electronically via the ASPEN system upon enrollment, annually and ongoing if contact/medical information changes.
A written medication order from an authorized prescriber and parent/guardian written authorization are required, for school nurses, or in the absence of a nurse, other designated personnel to administer medication, including over-the-counter drugs. Medications must be in the original, properly labeled container and dispensed by a physician/pharmacist. Over-the-counter medications must be delivered in an unopened, properly labeled container.
ALL medications must be delivered to/from school by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. All medication will be destroyed if not picked up within one week following termination of the order or the last day of school, whichever comes first. The medication form can be located here.
EACH SCHOOL WILL SHARE A MEDICATION DROP-OFF SCHEDULE PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
In an effort to be green and economical, we are asking parents access forms needed for school on our website under the Health Services “Forms” tab. If you are unable to print the documents, please contact the school nurse and a copy of the form can be mailed to your home. For a complete list of forms frequently used by the DPS Health Services Department click here.
Links to frequently used forms:
State of CT Health Assessment Record – For physical exams for K-12th grade students
State of CT Early Childhood Assessment Record –For physical exams for Pre-K (ELP) students
Medication Form – Required for all prescription or over-the counter medication that will be administered during school hours
For more information about health and safety in Darien Public Schools please go to the Health Services section of the Darien Public Schools website.
*If you need assistance prior to this please contact Emily Merritt, FNP, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 203-655-3981 ext. 2304.