St Michael's Country Day School | Health & Wellness
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St. Michael’s Country Day School is proud to offer its students and families a host of health and wellness programming.

Megan Buchanan is our full time school nurse who, along with science faculty, helps coordinate the school’s health and wellness programs. These programs educate students on healthy lifestyle issues ranging from personal hygiene and fitness to nutrition and peer relationship building.

Additionally, we offer additional assets to our families, such as flu-clinics, flu-season health announcements, and more, all of which are intended to keep our community healthy.

This comprehensive school health program encompasses health education, health services for the St. Michael’s community, and policies and procedures to maintain a healthy school environment. Our program is designed to provide a ready tool and resource for Administration, Faculty, Students, and Parents.

Megan Buchanan, BSN RN|
School Nurse
401-849-5970 ext. 389

Health Education at SMCDS

Riegel_140930_0672Developing a strong young adult means much more than making sure that they know reading, writing, and arithmetic. At SMCDS we believe strongly that our students must be healthy in their minds and bodies as well as in their academic life.

Each grade-level at SMCDS has its own curricular program with regards to health and wellness. The list below is a sample of that coursework:

  • Pre-Kindergarten 3 – “All about us”  Students discuss their bodies, organs, systems, and hand washing.
  • Pre-Kindergarten 4 – Nutrition, Food Groups, My Plate, Dental Health and hand washing.
  • Riegel_140930_0798Kindergarten – Social Awareness, Conflict resolution, hand washing, community.
  • 1st Grade –   Human Body Part One: includes the heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, kidneys, and liver.
  • 2nd Grade –  Human Body Part Two: includes the brain, nerves, and the senses.
  • 3rd Grade –  Nutrition.
  • 4th Grade –  Hygiene, grow your own food in the garden.
  • 6th Grade –  Peer relationships, first aid, and puberty.
  • 7th Grade –  Nutrition with focus on eating disorders, substance abuse, physical and psychological addiction.
  • 8th Grade –  Human Sexuality.

Health Services

As part of our comprehensive Health and Wellness program at SMCDS, we offer wellness screenings and health services to our families. Our ultimate goal is to raise healthy, happy children, and by partnering with parents we can collaborate to accomplish both family and school-based goals!

Health Examinations are mandated for all schools

Medical History

Medical information and authorization for medical/surgical  emergency care must be entered and updated every year in Powerschool.

St. Michael's Country Day School, Newport, RIPhysical Examinations

Physical examinations are required at the beginning of the year for all students that are newly enrolled at St. Michael’s, entering Kindergarten or Seventh grade.

Physical examinations must be completed by a licensed physician 12 months before the start of school, or within 6 months after the start of the school.

Documented physical examinations and dates of required immunizations are submitted to the School Nurse. CLICK HERE for a physical form

Immunization Assessments

Immunization assessments are reviewed annually for all students.  SMCDS parents must fill out a religious or medical exemption form if their student(s) does not meet Rhode Island State requirements.  Contact the School Nurse if you need an exemption form. CLICK HERE to access the State of RI Immunization Office

Health Records

A cumulative school health record is maintained for each student enrolled at St. Michael’s.  The school health record will remain confidential and be stored in a secure location. Information on health records include health history, screening results, health exam reports, documentation of School Nurse visits, documentation of medications administered, Individual/Emergency Health Care Plans, and accident reports.

Medical Forms

As part of our efforts to collaborate with our parent community, SMCDS offers on-line forms and links that facilitate parents’ education and best practices when it comes to working towards safe and happy families.

Medication Consent Form

Medical Authorization and Information Form

SMCDS  Accident Report Form

RI Health Form

Food Allergy IHP Form

Asthma Form



Lead Screening

Rhode Island Statutes require evidence of a lead poisoning screening before enrollment to Pre-K or Kindergarten, or a statement by the parent or guardian stating that this screening is contrary to that person’s beliefs.

You can find more information on lead abatement and lead hazards in the home here:

Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home
Make Your Home Lead Safe

Vision Screenings

Vision screenings are conducted annually by the School Nurse for grades K-8. The results are forwarded to SMCDS parents only when the student’s vision test warrants further evaluation by a physician. SMCDS parents are always welcome to inquire about their student(s) testing results.

Hearing Screenings

Hearing screenings are conducted annually by the State of Rhode Island Hearing Center for students in K through Third Grade, and for any student without prior history of a hearing screening.

General Scoliosis Screening

The State of Rhode Island recommends scoliosis screenings by a licensed physician starting in Sixth Grade and progressing through Eighth Grade.  During this time, students may experience their largest period of growth, thus increasing their risk for scoliosis.  Please refer to the following link for more information and contact your physician to set up an scoliosis evaluation.

Dental Health Screenings

SMCDS provides an annual dental presentation to the Second Grade to discuss dental hygiene.



First Aid and Emergencies

Medically approved written protocols and standing orders are in place and will be executed by the School Nurse and/or designated school faculty members in the event of a student injury, acute illness, or medical emergency (see standing orders).  First aid training is provided by the School Nurse and or an outside source to specific school personnel who may be directly involved in managing an injury or medical emergency.  The SMCDS procedures for health related emergencies are as follows:

  1. Render immediate first aid for specific injury using medically approved standing orders as a guideline,
  2. School personnel will notify School Nurse immediately for emergency first aid;
  3. Notify parents/guardians and other pertinent faculty members,
  4. 911 will be called if the student requires immediate evaluation by a Medical
    professional at the nearest available ER hospital.
  5. If a parent or guardian is not present, a school staff member must accompany the student in the rescue van
  6. Emergency personnel will be provided along with any requested student health information that would facilitate further emergency care treatment.

Emergency Contact Information

Parents or Guardians are required to submit the following emergency information (updated annually in Powerschool):

  1. Home phone number
  2. Work phone numbers for both parents;
  3. Phone numbers for two individuals who will be willing to pick up the child at school in case of illness or serious injury, and assume responsibility;
  4. Name and phone number of family physician in case of emergency;
  5. All information is documented before the start of the school year in Powerschool; and
  6. All telephone numbers are kept confidential.

Administering Medications to Students

The School Nurse is responsible for administering all medications that are to be given on campus when school is in session.

The only exceptions to this rule would be if the School Nurse was not available and a student had an acute food allergy that required an emergent epi-pen administration, or if a parent wanted to administer medications to their child in the school setting.

All medications that are administered by the School Nurse shall be kept in a secured cabinet.  Prescription medications that must be given during school hours on campus must have a doctor’s order. Medications should be delivered with a prescription label and secured properly in a medication bottle, case, etc.

Medications given by teachers during off campus activities such as field trips, must be authorized by the parents and have a doctor’s order. (see Health Forms) Students in Middle School can, with a parent’s authorization, carry and self administer their own inhaler devices. A student’s medication that has expired cannot be administered by the School Nurse and must be replaced by the parents immediately.