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Notes from the Nurse

General Information

The nurse’s office is open from 7:15 am to 2:45 pm daily.
Parents are welcome to stop in or call during these times. Students may come only with a signed pass from their teacher to the nurse’s office.

7:15: Students enter building, office is open!
12:10-12:45: Nurse’s lunch period
2:15: Students dismiss
2:45: Nurse’s departure

Students with casts, splints, arm slings, ace bandage wraps, stitches, or on crutches must report to nurse upon return to school with a Doctor’s note stating the problem, instructions and any restrictions. Students who are entering public schools for the first time in Delaware must have a physical examination completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant.

Emergency Cards
Physical Examinations
Sports Physicals
Medication Policy

Emergency Cards

Student’s emergency cards are to be filled out on the front and back and signed in 2 places in front.

  • Make sure to mark the Tylenol section for it to be given.
  • These cards are important to the nurse and administration and are to be returned promptly to the nurse.
  • If there any address or phone number changes during the school year, please send them in to the nurse or secretary.
  • Please write down all names and phone numbers for someone other than parent/guardian who can be called.


  • According to Delaware laws and Department of Education regulations, all children entering public school for the first time are required to have written proof from the doctor’s office of the following:
  • 5 or more doses DtaP, DTP Td vaccine (unless 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday).
  • 4 doses of IPV or OPV (Polio) vaccine (unless 3rd dose was given after the 4th birthday).
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (must have before entering 7 th grade)
  • 2 doses of Varicella or a written disease history by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Tuberculosis (results of Mantoux screening (PPD) completed within the past 12 months.
  • Entering 9th Graders must additionally have 1 dose Tdap (adult booster) and 1 dose Meningococcal (MCV4)
  • Health Examinations: Current, within the two years prior to school entry and entry to 9th Grade (30 days from entry into 9th Grade).
  • Lead Blood Test: Documentation of test for children entering Kindergarten or pre-school program (60 days from enrollment). 
  • Please send proof from the doctor’s office any additional immunizations the student may receive during the summer or school year.
    Compliance is required for school enrollment, and children that are not up to date are subject to exclusion from public schools without proper documentation of immunization or exemption.

    School Vaccination Medical Exemption Form
    Notarized Affidavit of Religious Exemption

Physical Examinations

Students who are entering public schools for the first time in Delaware must have a physical examination completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant.

Sports Physicals

Students who would like to participate must have a recent physical examination on file before they may try out for an athletic team. The physical may be from their personal doctor on a DIAA sports form OR they may have a sports physical completed in school. The sports PEs are good for the following school year if given after April 1st.

The school physical is a one-time occurrence only in the beginning of school year. The student must return the sports packet along w/money in cash for the physical.

Medication Policy

The nurse will dispense all medication taken by students during the school day. Medication and directions for its administration must be taken to the nurse’s office at the beginning of the school day.

The prescription and the medication shall be current and long-term prescriptions shall be re-authorized at least once a year. Prescription medication must be in its original container and any over-the-counter medication or non-prescription medication must also be in its original container. Both must be accompanied with a signed permission slip from the parent/guardian. Under no circumstances may a student carry or take medications by themselves.

When additional medication is needed, the empty container will be sent home with a medication return slip to be signed by the parent. This slip and filled container is to be returned to school the following day.

Additional Health Forms:


Delaware Student Health Form (NOT for sports, to be filled out by a doctor).
Asthma Action Plan (to be filled out by child’s doctor),
Food Allergy Action Plan (to be filled out by child’s doctor).
Parental Permission to Administer Medication in School
Seizure Action Plan (to be filled out by child’s doctor).
Chicken Pox Immunity Statement

Contact Information

Email Address: Megan.Garber@colonial.k12.de.us
Office Phone: 302-323-2766
Fax: 302-323-2763 (ATTN: School Nurse)
George Read Middle School
314 E. Basin Rd.
New Castle, DE 19702