Health Services

COVID-19 Reminders for Parents
  • Any child testing positive, traveling to high risk areas, or is considered a close contact is required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Keep children home if they are experiencing COVID like symptoms and call their pediatrician and school nurse.
  • Keep children home if ANYONE in the home is sick with COVID like symptoms  and call your pediatrician and school nurse.
  • If parents suspect their child was exposed to anyone with COVID they should keep them home and call their pediatrician and school nurse. 
  • Follow Gov Bakers guidelines for gathering and APS guidelines for travel. Please keep children home if they gathered with non-household members and quarantine for 14 days.
Parents/Guardians, please remember to:

* Notify school when your child will be absent.
* If both parents work, arrange for alternative care and notify the school of these plans.
* Remember: The best way to prevent infection is handwashing.

School Attendance Phone Lines

All schools have an answering machine which takes calls outside of normal school hours. Please include your child's name, homeroom number or teacher's name, and reason for absence when leaving a message. Thank you!

Ashland High School:        508-881-0177
Ashland Middle School:     508-881-0196
David Mindess School:      508-881-0194
Henry Warren School:       508-881-0188
William Pittaway School:   508-881-0160

Our Clinical Guidelines                                          

Bacterial Conjunctivitis                                                                                                                                                                   
“Pink Eye”. The child must have 24 hours of antibiotic treatment before returning to school.

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A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours. 

If a child is not feeling well before school, the parent should check his/her temperature. A child should not be sent to school with a fever. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees F (37.7 degrees C) or higher will be sent home. Child must be fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours before he/she returns to school.

Head Lice
If a child at school is found to have head lice or nits, he/she will be sent home for treatment. After treatment the student must return with a parent so that the student may be checked by the school nurse. In order to return to school, hair must be free of all nits and lice.  View our APS Lice Brochure

A child must be on prescription medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

Strep Throat
A child must remain out of school until the culture results are known. If the result is positive, the child must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

Other conditions are at the discretion of the school nurse.

Immunizations K-12

Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DPT/TD) – 5 doses
     ** A booster dose of Tdap is required at age 11-12 years
Polio vaccine – 4 doses
Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) – 2 doses before entrance to Kindergarten
Hepatitis B – 3 doses
Varicella – 2 doses before entrance to Kindergarten

Lead screening is required for entrance to Kindergarten

Physical Exams

Please submit any new physical exams or immunization information to the school nurse.  All students new to Ashland Public Schools are required to have a current physical examination and up-to-date immunizations.  Students who are non-compliant with up to date physical exams and/or immunizations will be excluded from school until appropriate documentation is provided.

Mandatory Health screenings 

Physical exams are required in grades PK, K, 4, 7, and 10
Vision screening occurs annually in grades PK, K-5, 7 and 10
Hearing screening occurs annually in grades PK, K-3, 7 and 10
Postural screening occurs annually in grades 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 
Body Mass Index (BMI) screening* occurs in grades 1, 4, 7, 10
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)* occurs annually in grades 7 and 9

All students in these grades are expected to participate in, or submit written documentation from their primary care physician of meeting, these state mandated programs.

*Parents/Guardians may request in writing that their child not participate in BMI or SBIRT screenings . 

Documents & Forms   

Documents are in PDF format and can be opened with Adobe Reader.  Forms are in DOC format and can be printed or downloaded to your computer and completed electronically.  If you encounter any issues downloading a form, please call Audrey LaCroix, Head Nurse, at (508) 532-8040.

Emergency Contact Form:    Emergency Form English   Spanish    Portuguese

Contact Information

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Joseph Chartor, MD

Audrey LaCroix,
 Head Nurse 

87 W. Union Street
Ashland, MA 01721

 ph: 508-532-8040

School Nurses

Ashland High School (9-12)
Maureen Wiencek, RN, BSN, MSN
Erin Gaiero, RN, BSN
Fax: 508-881-0187

Ashland Middle School (6-8)
Audrey LaCroix, RN, BSN, NCSN
Fax: 508-881-0168

David Mindess School (3-5)
Kristina Moulton, RN, BSN, NCSN
Fax: 508-881-0189

Henry Warren School (K-2)
Phylis Bhandari, RN, BSN, NCSN
Michelle Van Kleeff, RN, BSN
Fax: 508-881-018

Wm. Pittaway School (PreK)
Nancy Hopkins, RN, BSN, NCSN
Fax: 508-881-0147