•  Attendance

    Parents/ guardians, please remember to notify the school when your child will be absent. 

    Please contact your child’s school nurse if you have any questions or concerns, and refer to our clinical guidelines below.

    School Attendance

    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


    Bacterial Conjunctivitis (also known as "Pink Eye")
    The child must have 24 hours of antibiotic treatment before returning to school.

    A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of anti-vomiting or anti-diarrheal medication. 

    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 from school. The child must remain home for the next full school day fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours before he/she returns to school.

    Head Lice
    Ashland Public Schools supports the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Association of School Nurses in the management of head lice in the school setting.  If a child at school is found to have live lice, he/she will be sent home for treatment at the discretion of the building nurse. Upon returning to school, the building nurse will assess the student's hair for evidence of treatment. The student must be treated in order to return to school. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC, Ashland Public Schools does not participate in the following;

    • Whole classroom screenings
    • Exclusion for nits
    • Notification to others except for parents/guardians of students with head lice

    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 live lice.  View our APS Lice Brochure

    A child must be on prescription medication for 24 hours before returning to school.  Weeping sores should be lightly covered with a dressing until they are crusted over and dried up completely. 

    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 antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.

    Student's Requiring Crutches or Braces:
    Students who become injured and require crutches or hard splints/braces/casts must have a physician's letter stating the reason for the need of the equipment and for how long the equipment will be required.  Students who are utilizing durable medical equipment should sit out from physical activity (both PE class and recess) at school until the brace or crutches are no longer required, and a clearance letter for participation in physical
    activity is provided by the physician. 

    Guidelines for handling other conditions are at the discretion of the school nurse.




    Joseph Chartor, MD

    Kristina Moulton RN, BSN, NCSN 
    Head Nurse

    Mailing Address:
    90 Concord Street
    Ashland, MA 01721

    Phone:  508-532-8045  
    Fax:  508-881-0189 

    School Nurses  

    Ashland High School
    Erin Gaiero, RN, BSN
    Kathryn Ihry, RN, BSN
    Danielle Rivera, RN, BS 

    Email: ahs_nurses@ashland.k12.ma.us
    Phone: 508-532-8023
    Fax: 508-881-0187  

    Ashland Middle School
    Anne Gately, RN, BSN, MSN, CPNP
    Cori Jones, RN, BSN
    Email: ams_nurses@ashland.k12.ma.us  

    Phone: 508-532-8040
    Fax: 508-881-0168  

    David Mindess Elementary School
    Kristina Moulton
    Nancy Hopkins RN, BSN, MSN, NCSN
    Email: mes_nurses@ashland.k12.ma.us
    Phone: 508-532-8045
    Fax: 508-881-0189 
    Henry Warren Elementary School
    Phylis Bhandari 
    Michelle Van Kleeff RN, BSN

    Phone: 508-532-8065
    Fax: 508-881-0185
    Ashland Preschool
    Kerrin Conceicao RN, MSN

    Phone: 508-532-8028
    Fax: 508-881-0147