Welcome to the McGraw Elementary School Health Services Page!

What does a school nurse do?

School Nurse Responsibilities: "The school nurse is a registered professional nurse certified with the Maine Department of Education working in the school setting who strengthens and facilitates the educational process by improving and protecting the status of children. The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention of illness and disability, and the early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse is uniquely qualified in preventative health, health assessment, and referral procedures." (State of Maine Department of Education)

Please click on the link for a description of School Nurse Responsibilities as defined by the Department of Education. School Nurse Responsibilities

Health Services follow specific guidelines related to reportable and/or communicable diseases. If the nurse determines that a student is unable to remain in school, a parent/guardian will be contacted to arrange for dismissal. When a student returns to school after surgery, injury, or extended illness, a doctor's note is requested to indicate restrictions or nursing care needed. These are times when good communication with the School Nurse can set the stage for assistance with questions, concerns, or referrals that may be beneficial for the student. Each school nurse has expertise in childhood diseases, growth and development, and school requirements that may be helpful.


Please contact the school or the school nurse with any questions or concerns!