Welcome to the Nurses' Office!


Our Nurses are: Sarah Brown, Kristen Hughes and Marilyn Sullivan 
telephone: 432-6937 ext. 6509 or 6029 fax number: 425-1005

Sarah: [email protected]

Marilyn: [email protected] 

Kristen: [email protected]

School Health during Covid-19:
School nursing is working in partnership with the NH Public Health and Human Services as well as following the recommendations and guidelines from the CDC.

How is the Covid-19 virus spread?
Covid-19 is primarily spread from person to person:
1. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) Closer contact and longer durations of contact increase the risk of getting the Covid-19 from someone who is infected.
2. Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
3. These droplets can land in the eyes, noses, or mouths of people nearby (within 6 feet) or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. (sited from NH DPHS document Ed Institutions FAQ 8/28/20)

Layers of Protection: 

We are using several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of disease and lower risk of another spike in cases. No one layer is sufficient. These layers of protection include: hand washing, masks, physical distancing, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, daily screening, cohorting and contact tracing and monitoring.

Please screen your child daily before coming to school. This is one of the important strategies to our layers of protection to help reduce the transmission of the virus. You should check you child's temperature daily before school and screen for symptoms. If a child has a fever and/or symptoms, they should not come to school and the parent/guardian should contact their provider.

The NH DPHS has set a low threshold for sending students home from school-this includes for mild symptoms and advising follow-up with their PCP and testing for Covid, or written documentation from PCP that symptoms are not Covid-19 related.     

If you have to quarantine here is a guide to assist you:


 This is an overwhelming time for everyone right now with the increasing concerns of the COVID-19 Virus. Please be mindful as to what you say around your young children as well as what they hear on the news. Here is a link to some information that will help you talk to your child and help with any anxieties.
You can also follow Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist, anxiety and Children on Facebook.
Here are some great links for Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine:

The Food Pantry at St. Jude Parish Church on Mammoth Rd. is a resource available to the whole town. You can reach out to : Lisa Laurence at~ 548-5130

As part of our program at Matthew Thornton School, our goal is to provide a healthy and safe environment for all our children. Please make sure that you provide your child with a healthy snack each day such as fruit, crackers and water as opposed to cookies, chips and sugary drinks. The students are NOT allowed to share snacks or eat on the bus.

We are requesting that you, as a parent, work with us by referring to the following throughout the school year:

Emergency Contacts: Please notify us if there are any changes in your work, home, cell phone or emergency contact person's phone numbers.

Medications: If your child requires medication at school for asthma, migraines, or an allergy a permission slip must be signed along with a doctor's order and labelled medication. Medications need to be dropped off by a parent, and we require a new MD order each school year. An adult needs to drop off the medication; a student is NOT allowed to transport medication in their backpack. ParentRequestFor GivingMeds.pdf

New Medical Conditions: It is very important that you keep us up to date as the year progresses regarding medical changes/ medication changes with your child. Please provide us with any MD paperwork/information so that we can keep your child's medical file up-to-date.

Illness: Our policy is to send a child home if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, unknown skin rash, or unknown discharge from eyes. Please remember to keep your child home if any of these symptoms occur. If he/she requires antibiotics please keep them home for 24 hours after starting the medication.  Please remember if your child does get sick to leave a detailed message on the absence line with information regarding any fever, cough and or sore throat. By doing this we are then able to monitor and track trends of illness. It is not too late to get you and your child vaccinated for the flu, as this is the best way to help avoid getting sick. 2019-2020 Flu Season.html
Injuries: If your child requires a visit to the doctor or ER for an illness or injury, please obtain a note from the doctor prior to returning to school with any orders for activity restrictions or accommodations needed for school. They will also require a note once cleared to return to activity.

Screenings: We screen Grades 1,3 and 5 for vision, hearing, height and weight. Grade 5 also has their BP checked. If you have a student in Grade 2 or 4 and you have concerns about their vision or hearing please do not hesitate to contact us for a screening. You will be notified if your child does not pass the screening. 


In order for a student to attend Matthew Thornton Elementary School he/she must be compliant with the State of NH immunization schedule. The school nurse will notify the parent/guardians of a student who is not in compliance. Until Documentary proof of acceptable immunization by a physician or health care provider is on record, the student will be conditionally enrolled. If the nurse has not received proof of immunization by the end of the probationary period, the student will be excluded by the principal or designee. Information regarding the current immunization schedule, along with medical and religious exemptions, can be found at NH Dept website NH Health and Human Services or the immunization program can be contacted at (603) 271-4482 or 1-800-852-3345.
School Immunization Requirements 2019-20.pdf

Here are the medication forms:
ParentRequestFor GivingMeds.pdf
Parental permission OTC meds.pdf

For more information on Pediculosis (Head Lice): Pediculosis letter to parents.docx

The Upper Room, Family Resource Center
36 Tsienneto Rd., Derry, NH 03038
(603) 437-8477