School Nurse

Our school nurse is Ruth White.
She can be contacted at 455-4505
Her email address is :

 Important documents to access:


Vision and Hearing Screening

MSAD #45 students are screened for hearing and vision acuity in grades: K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.  Additional screening is offered to students who self-refer, or are referred by a teacher or parent/guardian.  Parents will be notified only if screening results do not meet the following criteria:

     Visual acuity for each eye must be 20/30 or better both near and far.  Preschool and Kindergarten must see at least 20/40
An audiogram which indicates that a child is hearing better than 25db at all frequencies

 If a child does not meet the state criteria, the school nurse will contact the parent or guardian to recommend further professional evaluation.


Notification of Illness

Please make every effort to contact the school as soon as possible when you have decided to keep your child home from school.  When calling to report your child absent, it is very important for the school to know what type of illness you child is experiencing.  This information helps the school nurse with monitoring cases of chickenpox, strep throat, pneumonia, fifth’s diease, head lice, rashes, etc.

School Phone Numbers:

Washburn Elementary School: 455-4504

Washburn High School: 455-4501

Guidelines for keeping students home from school:

It is every parent/guardian’s responsibility to help us keep our school environment and pupil population as healthy as possible.  Many of our students have chronic health conditions which may be adversely affected by exposure to viral or bacterial illnesses.  For everyone’s well-being, we recommend that students not attend school if they have the following symptoms:

  • an actively runny nose (greenish yellow mucous)
  • a persistent, uncontrolled cough
  • a rash of unknown origin
  • an elevated temperature (greater than 100 degrees)
  • an untreated earache
  • vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • itching, reddened, weepy eyes


Immunization Requirements

**Please keep in mind that no student may be enrolled in or attend school without an updated certificate of immunization or other acceptable evidence of required immunizations.  Students who are not in compliance with State of Maine immunization requirements will be excluded from school until mandated immunizations are up to date.**


Maine School Immunization Laws require that all students produce an acceptable record/certification of immunization or written evidence of medical, religious, philosophical or personal exemption to immunization, updated annually.  Parents will be notified of students immunization needs.  If your child receives immunizations at your family doctor or emergency room, PLEASE forward a copy to the school nurse so we can update your child’s school health record.  In the absence of disease history or a valid exemption, the following immunizations are required for attendance in Maine Schools, K-12, public and private:

  • 5 Doses of any DPT (diptheria, tetanus, pertusis) containing vaccine, or 4 if the fourth dose is given on or after the 4th birthday
  • 4 Doses of OPV, IPV (Polio), or 3 if the third dose is given on or after the 4th birthday
  • 2 Doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)  #1 after 1 year of age, #2 at least one month after #1
  • 1-2 Varicella (chickenpox) Students under age 13 need only one does, age 13 and over require 2 doses given 4 to 8 weeks apart
  • Any student going into 7th grade now must have a TDAP.
  • EFFECTIVE for the start of the school year 2018, one dose of MCV4 is required for children entering the 7th grade.  Any child entering 12th grade is required to receive two doses of MCV4.  The first dose shall have been received on or after the 11th birthday, and the second dose shall have been received on or after the 16th birthday, at least 8 weeks after the first dose.  IF the first dose is administered when the child is 16 or older, only one dose is required.

Physical Exams

Students are required to have a recent physical exam on file prior to entering Kindergarten.  Any student participating in a co-curricular sports program must show evidence of a physical exam prior to co-curricular sports participation in grades 5 through 12.  Payment for all physicals will be the expense of the parent/guardian.