Nurse/Health Information

School Nurses

John F. Kennedy School (PreK-K) -
Jessica Wasco, RN

Biddeford Primary School (1&2) -
Cassie Jacques, RN  

Biddeford Intermediate School (3&4) -
Alexandria Oliver, RN

Biddeford Middle School (5-7 & STEM) -
Gloria Fickett, RN

Biddeford High School/APC/COT (8-12) -
Krystal Taschereau, RN 

 Dayton Consolidated School (PreK-5) -
Jennifer Aguirre, RN   

Links and Forms

The Biddeford & Dayton School Departments will use this page to keep families inform
ed of health-related information (immunization requirements, Flu or COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and more).  Thank you for your assistance in assuring the safety of all of our students, and we appreciate you putting your trust in us to care for your child. If you have any questions regarding the information below or during the school year, please feel free to contact your children's school nurse directly.                           

Immunization Requirements

Effective September 1st, Maine law around immunizations changes to remove the philosophical and religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. At this time, there is no requirement for students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

As a result, unless your child has laboratory evidence or reliable documentation from a healthcare provider of immunity or a medical exemption completed by a qualified healthcare provider, all students MUST receive the required vaccines* below prior to the start of school:

  • Required for PreK entry: 

    • 4 DTaP (3 DTaP if 4th is given on or after 4th birthday) 

    • 3 Polio (2 Polio if the 3rd is given on or after the 4th birthday) 

    • 1 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) 

    • 1 Varicella (chickenpox) or reliable history of disease 

  • Required for Kindergarten entry

    • 5 DTaP (4 DTaP if 4th is given on or after 4th birthday) 

    • 4 Polio (3 Polio if the 3rd is given on or after the 4th birthday) 

    • 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) 

    • 1 Varicella (chickenpox) or reliable history of disease 

  • Required for 7th grade entry

    • 1 Tdap

    • 1 Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) 

  • Required for 12th grade entry: 

    • 2 MCV4, only one dose is required if the 1st dose is given on or after 16th birthday

* Each immunization entry must include: vaccine type, date administered, and the name of the provider.  Please call your doctor's office today to prevent a delay in starting school.

COVID-19 Information

The most recent guidance from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maine Department of Education (DOE) recommends universal masking indoors for all staff, students, and visitors, as well as required masking for all on any public transportation.  Your help is appreciated in doing all we can to keep our school community healthy and safe.

Please continue to screen your child each morning for any of the COVID-19 symptoms below or via this screening tool.  Your child should stay home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling unwell 

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fever-like symptoms such as body aches, body chills and/or sweating

  • Temperature over 100.4 degrees F or 38.0 degrees C

  • Muscle Pain

  • Headache

  • Chills or repeated shaking from chills

  • Runny nose/congestion

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Nausea and/or Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

If your child has been vaccinated, you may provide that documentation to prevent quarantine if your child is identified as a close contact.  

POOLED TESTING
In an effort to help our school community better understand the benefits and process around pooled testing, our district nurses have put together Nursing News (linked here) which includes all the relevant information to make an informed decision. Individuals who participate in pooled testing are exempt from quarantine in the classroom, bus, sports, or other school-related activities should they be identified as a close contact.

 Consents are required to be enrolled in pooled testing (One Form Per Child).  Once consents and supplies are received, specific pools will be established by our nursing staff based on numbers per classroom/advisory and Pooled Testing will begin on October 4th.

  1.  Click Here to Complete the Online Consent Form

  2. Enter this Access Code specific to your Child's School:

    1. Biddeford & Dayton Schools

      • Biddeford HS + COT, APC and Central office- B8VTHG

      • Biddeford Middle School - QFR9CW

      • Biddeford Intermediate + Transportation - 5U5KDT

      • Biddeford Primary - ANE1H2

      • JFK - 5B36J6

      • Dayton Consolidated- ZAAG5M

  3. Finally, enter your child’s information, and you’re done!


    Parents may also contact the school directly if they require a printed form to be sent home.

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in pooled testing but would like to provide consent for COVID Testing while at school (if deemed necessary), please complete this digital COVID Testing Consent Form or print this version and return it to the school nurse.

COVID Vaccine Clinic - Open to All 12+
Biddeford School Department is pleased to host another COVID vaccine clinic through a partnership with York County Emergency Management Agency.  The clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 21st from 3:00-6:00 PM and open to the community (anyone over the age of 12) at Biddeford High School’s Tiger Gym. All three vaccines will be available: J&J (one-shot only), Pfizer or Moderna (1st Shot; 2nd shot will need to be scheduled at a different location).

HOW TO SIGN-UP:

  • CLICK HERE before August 29th

  • Select ONE TIMESLOT PER PERSON 

  • Complete minimal demographic information (name, phone, address, date of birth)

  • Select PREFERRED VACCINE

    • Children ages 12-17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. 

    • Anyone over the age of 18 may choose J&J, Pfizer, or Moderna.

    • Anyone who opts for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will be responsible for scheduling for their 2nd shot at a different location (an instruction sheet will be provided). 

    • Booster shots are not available at this time.

The Consent Form (LINKED HERE) will be completed upon arrival or you may opt to print and bring the completed form with you.  Parents/Guardians must accompany their child or ensure their child has a completed consent form upon arrival.  

The COVID-19 vaccine is provided at no cost.  If you have questions specific to the COVID vaccine, please follow up directly with your physician or if you have questions specific to this clinic, please email vaccine@biddefordschools.me.

Medications / Food & Insect Allergies

Please review the district policy on medications: BIDDEFORD Policy & DAYTON Policy 

Should your child need medication at school, please contact the school nurse and we will be happy to assist you. Children are NOT ALLOWED to carry any medications with them at school, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medications (e.g. cough drops). In the case of emergency medications, such as inhalers and EPI PENS, that determination will be made by the school nurse.   

If your child has a food or insect allergy, please discuss this with the school nurse. It is important for us to have a treatment plan at the start of each school year by a physician and medications (if needed) on file in the event of an emergency.

School Protocol Around Illness & Return

When we send children home and when to stay home:

  • Any symptom listed above. See Child Feels or Appears Unwell updated 9.1.20

  • Injuries that may require further medical attention or parent instruction.

  • Chronic medical conditions that may require further evaluation or parent instruction. 

  • Any other condition for which the health staff determines a medical evaluation is necessary (i.e. Chicken Pox, Conjunctivitis, etc.). 

Returning to school after any illness:

  • When returning to school following an absence due to illness or isolation, students must be checked at the Health Office for a post-illness evaluation immediately upon arrival to school, before going to the classroom.  A doctor's note or lab report is required for reentry per the MAAP/DOE guidelines.  This may be faxed to the school nurse.

  • Students who arrive with a temperature of 100.4℉ or higher, or have taken fever-reducing medication, will not be given access to the classroom and parents will be notified to pick up their child immediately.

  • When the child returns to school, he/she must be well enough to participate in all activities. Exception to the rule: If there is a restriction from some activity there must be a note from the child’s health care provider explaining for how long.

Head Lice

Please check your child’s hair frequently throughout the year. In the event that your child has head lice, please treat him/her and comb their hair with a lice comb (metal lice comb is recommended) daily for 4 weeks after initial treatment. Also please notify the school nurse. If your child will be absent from school, please notify the school office.