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Mrs. Cam Ventura is a Certified School Nurse-Teacher who has been working with Middletown Public and private school students, staff and parents for over 13 years. School Nurse-Teaching is a specialty within nursing with emphasis on wellness and prevention through health promotion, health services and education. The role of the School Nurse-Teacher is to identify student’s health needs, implement services and create/evaluate plans of care. In addition, the nurse must maintain individual student health records, and support mandated immunization protocols and health education guidelines from the R.I. Department of Health. Any child identified with a life threatening allergy (or potentially life threatening illness) is required to have an individual health care plan and emergency care plan. Please see you school nurse teacher for details.
Nurse Ventura may be called or visited at school to discuss your child’s health or to assist in a medical referral.
- Forest Avenue School 849-9434
R.I. Department of Health immunization (vaccine) requirements for children entering school:
- DtaP 5 Doses
- Polio 4 Doses
- MMR 2 Doses
- Varicella 2 Doses or medical history of disease
- Td, Varicella, + Meningococcal vaccines due at Gr 7
- Hepatitis B 3 Doses
Physical forms and medication forms may be printed from the Middletown Public Schools main website. Just go to the "registration" link. Physical exams are required for all kindergarten students and new students entering Middletown schools for the first time. Please go to the administration office if you need a medical or religious immunization exemption form for your child.
Medications may be given at school with a doctor’s order. Medications can NOT be administered during the morning or afternoons at school. Only the Certified School Nurse-Teacher will give medicine to students. "Self carry" orders may be written by your child's medical provider in the case of asthma or emergency medication such as epi-pens. These orders must be done in cooperation with the School Nurse-Teacher, parent and student. All medication must be brought to school in a prescription bottle labeled with the doctor or pharmacy listing the student’s name, name of medication, dose and time to be given.
All mandated health screenings are performed according to RIDOH regulations. This includes vision screening, dental screening, and hearing screening.. You will ONLY be notified if a referral to your child's health care provider is needed. All students are screened unless otherwise noted by a parent/guardian.
All Kindergarten students need a vision screening done by their health care provider.
Medical Insurance is available to all RI children through the RIte Care program. Please let Mrs. Ventura know if you need information on this state assisted insurance,or you may go to the RI Dept. of Health website and search RIte Care.
The school nurse-teacher at the elementary level is a vital part of the health education team. Middletown Public Schools uses the Great Body Shop Health Curriculum for its health education program. I have been assigned Grade 1 and Kingergarten health; a 30 minute lesson which is scheduled once every 6 day rotation, for 1/2 of the year. The topics covered are: going to the doctor, careful/careless behavior, playground safety, fire safety, community helpers, the eye, 5 senses, organ systems, medications, germs, play, and oral health. Please reinforce healthy habits at home.