Jennifer Poisson, RN

Burrillville Middle School Nurse

Phone: (401) 568-1320 ext. 6316

Fax: (401) 568-1317

Email: poissonj@bsd-ri.net

Health Office

Chickenpox Letter.pdf

Rhode Island Department of Health Requirements for 7th-12th Grade Students

Children entering 7th grade- A child who is entering 7th grade must have met the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten immunization requirements, plus:

  • 1 dose of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine
  • A second general health examination and health clearance will be required upon entry to the 7th grade. It maybe performed while in 6th grade but no later than 6 months after the student enters 7th grade.

Children entering 8th grade- A child who is entering 8th grade must have met the 7th grade immunization requirements, plus:

  • 2 doses of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

Children entering 9th grade - A child who is entering 9th grade must have met the 8th grade immunization requirements, plus:

  • 3 doses of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine
  • *Note: Per current ACIP recommendations, 2 doses of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine (if series is started at age 14 or younger)

Children entering 12th grade- A child who is entering 12th grade must have met the 9th grade immunization requirements, plus:

  • 1 dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4) vaccine - All students entering grade 12, who had their first dose at age fifteen years or younger, are required to have a booster dose given on or after 16 years of age.
  • A third general health examination and health clearance will be required upon entry to the 12th grade. This general health examination shall be performed after the student turns 16 years of age, and no later than 6 months after the student enters 12th grade

HPV vaccination

  • For fall 2017, 1 dose will be required for 7th graders, 2 doses will be required for 8th graders, and 3 doses will be required for 9th graders. *2 doses of HPV (if series is started at age 14 or younger)

Note: No student should be excluded from school if he/she is not vaccinated against HPV.




The following are general guidelines to facilitate communication between parents and school health professionals relating to health issues.

1. If your child has a temperature greater than 100 degrees, please keep your child at home.

2. If your child vomits during the night or the morning of school, please keep him/her at home.

3. If your child has an injury, please forward a note from the health care provider indicating any activity restrictions or use of assistive devices such as crutches. If your child cannot participate in physical education (per medical note) he/she will need a clearance note from the health care provider in order to return to physical education/sports activity. Please do not send your child to school with crutches unless directed by a health care provider.

4. Please inform school nurse: Of any new allergies, medications, surgeries, accidents or new health problems or diagnosis’s that school may need to be aware of. You child’s school health record will be kept current if you have your child’s physician fill out the RI School Health Physical Form or provide a doctor’s note or report.

If your child is hospitalized for an illness (psychiatric or medical), a confidential summary from the discharging health care professional would be appreciated. Recommendations for your child might be made by the discharging professional in the summary. These recommendations will help us determine the accommodations for his/her academic, emotional, and physical needs your child may require upon his/her return.

5. If your child, by order of a physician must receive medications in school, states laws requires both parent and physician signature prior to administering medication. Please be sure to provide a doctor’s note (name of medication, dose, route, approximate time, and frequency) along with the medication in its original container. All orders expire each year and must be updated yearly. Please be advised that morning doses of any medications are the responsibility of the parent.

If your child needs emergency medication on standby such as an epipen or an inhaler your child is allowed to self-carry but must provide the health office with a prescriber’s written order and have written parent authorization. A doctor’s order identifying the child requiring said medication must be filed in the health office whether it is kept in health office or self-carried.