Health Services

AMS School Nurses

Susan Sarraf, RN ([email protected])
Anne Benoit, RN ([email protected])

Office hours:

8:10 to 3:45 daily while school is open
Mrs. Sarraf is available from 8:10 to 3:45 each day
Mrs. Benoit is available from 10:00 to 2:00 each day

603-673-8944, ext 2
603-673-6774 (FAX)

Any student wishing to be dismissed due to illness MUST see the school nurse first. Keeping track of the illnesses going around the school and community is very important in helping our students stay well.

When should your child stay home from school? Children should stay home from school (or need to leave school) for the following reasons:
Vomiting in the last 24 hours from illness
Fever- 100 F or greater
Diarrhea-that is not from dietary sources or from a gastro-intestinal chronic illness.
Cough that disrupts the classroom
Antibiotics Therapy (less than 24 hours)
Generalized rash of unknown origin

When should you test for COVID 19- Test with any new and unexplained symptom-People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: However, existing chronic conditions, including but not limited to; migraines, lyme, asthma and allergies should be documented on a students’ health record. This may help the school Nurse differentiate between chronic conditions and COVID symptoms.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting, stomachache
  • Diarrhea
  • Covid Testing- Home testing kits are a new option, they are available in drug stores. Send a picture of the test results to [email protected] and if the test is negative your child may return to school if symptoms are improving(sore throat, congestion, cough). Again, students need to be 24 hour symptom free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Contact your healthcare provider for other testing options.
  • SAU 39 follow the COVID 19 quarantine and isolation guidelines as provided by New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services which can be found here Self Isolation Guide (nh.gov) and Self-Quarantine Guide for Unvaccinated Household Contacts (nh.gov)

VACCINATION SCHEDULE- Here is the link for the 2021-2022 immunization https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/documents/schools21-22.pdf

The Role of the School Nurse

The role of the school nurse is to strengthen and assist the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of all students, focusing on prevention of illness and disability and early detection and correction of health problems.

The following services are provided:

  • Assessment and follow-up of acute and chronic health issues; including mental health issues
  • Screening - Vision and Hearing screening on an as needed basis
  • General medication administration
  • Immunization tracking
  • Communicable disease management for the school
  • Health Services policies
  • Crisis management such as an injury
  • Education of staff regarding student health issues, blood borne pathogens
  • Coordination and collaboration with parents, community health providers and staff members
  • CPR Instruction

More Info: National Association of School Nurses