Saint Catherine  of Siena School

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Contact the NurseAzra Sarkinovic, Email

Welcome to the Health Office

Dear Parents/Guardian,

Here you will find information about the SCSS Health Office and our policies and procedures. A full-time nurse is provided to SCSS by the Town of Trumbull. Students are given hearing, vision, and scoliosis testing by the school nurse. All health related questions should be directed to the Health Office at 203-377-7041. Email

The following are guidelines set up by the Trumbull School System regarding illness, both at school and at home:

Fever: If a student has a temperature of 100°F or higher, with or without symptoms, the student must be excluded from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol or Motrin).

Vomiting: Students must be excluded from school and may not return until 24 hours after the last incidence of vomiting.

Diarrhea: Students must be excluded from school if he/she experiences more than one episode of diarrhea. The may return 24 hours after the last incidence of diarrhea.

Conjunctivitis : Students may only return to school after taking medication for two days.

Undiagnosed Skin Rash : Student will need a doctor's note with clearance to return to school and that a child is no longer contagious.

Strep Throat : Students should remain home for the first 24 hours after beginning a course of antibiotics.

The Diocese of Bridgeport is in close communication with the State Health Department and the Fairfield County Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the health of our students during flu season. Parents will receive updated information as it becomes available.


Students’ attendance in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport shall be in accordance with the general statutes of the state of Connecticut. Therefore, parents are asked to contact the school nurse, 203-377-7041, and prior to 9:00 am on the day of a child’s absence. In lieu of a phone call, parents may send the nurse an email explaining the reason for the absence. Upon the child’s return to school, a note is requested stating the date the child was absent and the reason for the absence.Parents may also contact the nurse by phone or email with this information. The school nurse monitors the health of our community and will notify parents if there are any patterns of illness which merit their attention.

💊Medication in school

Medication authorization form will need to be filled out by physician and signed by parent if your child should receive any medication during school year. The medication form should be dated for beginning of school year until the end of the school year. State Law requires that all medications including over-the-counter needs to be brought in original container labeled with the child's name and is kept in health office. Please note that according to Connecticut State Law, cough drops are a medication and cannot be taken without the proper authorization from parent. Parents are asked to deliver any medication directly to the Health Office. Students are not permitted to have medication in their possession at school.  Please be aware that each school year a new medication authorization form needs to be completed. All medication will need to be picked up by the last day of school, 

Health Exams

Students entering preschool and kindergarten must have a health examination and proof of required immunizations prior to the first day of school. Subsequent health examinations in grades three and six must be performed as required by law and all immunizations must be kept up to date. Although your child attends SCSS a mandated health physical is required for all Kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grade students of upcoming school year. Please submit the physicals and immunizations to school nurse. (See forms to the right).


The school nurse should be made aware of all food and environmental allergies. Emergency plans will be made for each student on an individual basis.

Saint Catherine of Siena is a nut/peanut vigilant school. Some classrooms may be designated “nut/peanut free” according to the needs of the students in the classroom. All EpiPens are kept in the health office with the proper medical authorization forms. In order to keep all our students with food allergies safe, we ask that no food be brought into the classrooms for celebrations with tree nuts, or peanuts ingredients.

Head Lice

Head lice are not a serious medical condition, although an annoying one. Lice flourish with no regard to age, race, or socioeconomic status. They are tiny insects that live on the human head and feed on human blood. They do not survive longer than 24 hours away from their human host. Unlike dandruff, lice cannot be washed or blown away.

Students suspected of having head lice will be referred to the health office for an inspection by the nurse. Children found to have head lice will be excluded from school activities until treatment has been completed and all head lice, eggs, and egg cases have been removed. Upon return to school, the child will be inspected by the nurse to ensure that the child is nit free. 

Gym Exemptions

A written note is necessary for a child to be excused from participating in gym class. A note from a parent will only be accepted for a child to miss one class period. If an injury prevents a student from participating in gym for more than one period, he/she must provide a note from a physician. After an extended excused absence from gym classes, a physician’s note will be required to return to class.

We ask parents/guardians to notify the school nurse throughout the year if their child has any medical problems, e.g. allergies, asthma, experiencing a stressful situation, chronic illness, vision or hearing difficulties, recent surgery etc

Please refer to Trumbull BOE website for additional information. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Let’s work together to keep your child healthy, happy, and ready to learn in school.

Thank you,

Azra Sarkinovic, RN❀