School Nurse

 Penacook Elementary School Health Office

Donna Ellis BSN

School Nurse

Phone:  753-4891
Fax: 753-6419

__________Upcoming Events:___________

Safe Kids 500 Event

Safe Kids 500 event to be held at NH Motor Speedway in Loudon on Wednesday, May 3rd.  This free event is open to all children and their families with the requirement that children are accompanied by a parent/guardian and that everyone must wear a bike helmet on the track. 


Our goal is to promote bike safety and healthy living and we will have opportunities for bike safety checks and helmet checks while the children are there.  NHMS rarely opens their track to groups and this unique opportunity is made possible by a partnership with Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and Safe Kids New Hampshire.

Safe Kids Flyer

Sign Up For Upcoming Programs
We have two upcoming Spring Day Programs where youth with chronic medical conditions will be challenged, work together as a community and have fun all at once! 

Our family weekend program for youth with a Congenital Heart Defect and their families provides an inspiring and relaxing time while connecting with one another in a full weekend of activities.

Upcoming Day Programs

April 15 - Adventure Day
9:00 am - 3:00 pm - The Browne Center,  Durham, NH

9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Gundalow Company, Portsmouth, NH

Family Weekend Program 
April 22-23 - Heart Family Camp  * 4 spots left!
Barbara C. Harris Camp Greenfield, NH

All our monthly programs are medically supervised and siblings ages 6-13 are always welcome!  Visit us if you are interested in learning more about our programs!  See a program in action, meet our staff and learn how your family may benefit from being part of our fun, safe, and supportive community. If you would like to speak with a parent or our medical staff, please contact us.
Contact  or 603-312-2052 x0 to inquire or register.

Get Ready For Summer and Sign Up For Camp
Our summer camps allow youth to spend their day in fun activities designed for building friendships and self-confidence.  If you know a child with a chronic medical condition that can benefit from one of our camps, please contact us!
July 10-14, 2017 at The Works, Somersworth, NH
This camp will be filled with team-building, connecting with one another, trying new experiences,and pool time. For youth ages 6-13.

July 31-August 4, 2017 at Camp Lincoln, Kingston, NH
Every day will be an adventure - hiking, paddling, high ropes course, archery and many camp fave games. Transportation from Dover available. For youth ages 8-13.

August 20-25, 2017 hosted at AYF-Merrowvista
One week overnight asthma camp for youth ages 8-12.

For more information visit our website or to sign up, contact or 603-312-2052 x0.
Parent Resource 
Families First Upcoming Programs

Families First offers free parenting classes and parent groups (with free childcare) as well as programs for parent and child together. See their most current listing of programs available.

_________Seasonal Information:________

Tick Free NH information

Free tick wallet card

Free Tick NH Snap Bracelet

Free tick shower card

_____Links to resources for families:_____

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well being of the citizens of New Hampshire. DHHS provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors and administers programs and services such as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and public health.

Services for Families and Children

Services for People with Disabilities

NH Children and Nature

Join the Movement

NH Children in Nature wants get as many kids and families outdoors as often as possible, and the benefits can be huge. You can help generate positive change right here in New Hampshire… and beyond. Start with your own family then encourage your friends, neighbors, schools and communities to get involved by checking out:

CDC Childhood Development

Lice Lessons

Article : Is it a Cold or an Allergy?


The school nurse is responsible for all the health and safety needs of the children during the school day.  The nurse provides first aid, health counseling and education, manages communicable diseases, and develops plans to meet the needs of children with chronic health conditions.  Health screenings of vision, hearing, height and weight are conducted throughout the year. Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school nurse about their child’s health issues.


Students may not keep medicine in the classroom or in their possession at any time or for any reason. This is the law. A PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BRING ALL MEDICINES TO THE NURSE. The nurse’s office is the safest place for medication storage. Throat lozenges and cough drops should be kept in the health office.

*Policy also requires an adult to deliver all prescription medications to the school.*

Prescription Medication: If your child’s health care provider determines that

your child must receive prescription medication during the school day, the following steps must be completed and submitted to the school nurse:

1.    A signed order from the physician.  The form entitled “Authorization for Prescribed Medication during the School Day” (Health Office) or a similar form from the doctor’s office with the signature of the health care provider who prescribed the medication and signed by the parent must be submitted to the nurse.

2.  The physician’s order must include the name of the student, medication, the dosage, the time the medication is to be taken, the length of time the student is to be on the medication and the condition the child is taking the medication.

3. The medication should be brought in the original prescription bottle.

The school nurse or a trained designee will dispense all medication.  No student may take his/her own medication.  Special exceptions apply to Inhalers and Epipens.  A student may possess and use these medications themselves if certain requirements are met, including written approval of the student’s doctor and written verification from the doctor and parents that the student knows how to administer the medication themselves.  Please call the school nurse if you have questions regarding this issue.

Printable Prescription Medication Form

Over the Counter Medication: Any type of nonprescription medication (including cough drops) must be brought to the Health Office with a signed parent permission “Over-the counter medication form” or note stating the time and reasons it should be given.  The medication must be in the container in which it was purchased. Students may not keep medication in the classroom.

The nurse’s office has stocked a few over-the-counter medications for occasional use when other comfort measures have not worked.  Parents can sign the form that goes home at the beginning of the school year indicating which medications they give permission for their child to have if needed.
This is optional.

Printable Over the Counter Medication Form


All children shall be immunized and have a complete physical exam prior to school entrance into kindergarten.  Any student transferring into Penacook Elementary School from another public or private school must provide a written copy of their immunizations and physical exam signed by a physician upon registration in order to conform to the provisions of the New Hampshire Health/Immunizations Law. 

*Children will be allowed entry into school only upon receipt of this information.


In the interest of your child’s health and the health of other children, we are sure you will want to cooperate with the following guidelines:

If your child feels ill in the morning or seems to show signs of becoming sick, please keep him/her at home.  Although perfect attendance is desirable, a sick child should never be sent to school. General guidelines for keeping your child home from school are:

  • Fever, diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours,
  • Extreme fatigue,
  • Persistent cough unresponsive to cough medicine and/or cough drops,
  • If your child is diagnosed with a bacterial infection, and is started on antibiotics, they must be on the antibiotics for 24 hours prior to returning to school
  • Other symptoms that make your child not feel well enough to participate in school like frequent coughing, blowing their nose, headaches, body aches, and no appetite
  • If you are notified that your child is ill and needs to be picked up from school, please be prepared to provide transportation.  Keep your emergency contact information up-to-date. 
  • School Staff will call home if a child is absent and we have not heard from a parent or guardian. Help us by being proactive and call school if your child is ill or absent. A message can be left on the school voicemail system if a call is made outside of the regular school hours.
 If your child has a contagious disease or is likely to be absent from school three or more days please notify the nurse or the school administration.

 Cast and Crutches

Every year several students become injured and arrive at school with a cast or crutches. It is important that students have a note from home or the doctor letting us know what they limitations (including PE and recess)  are and if any special arrangements need to be made.  Parents should contact the office and the school nurse with the information needed to make the student comfortable at school.


If a student is in school he/she is expected to be able to participate in outdoor activities and to go outdoors for recess. If there is a medical reasons that a student should remain inside, we will require a note from the doctor describing the diagnosis, specific limitations and the length of time these limitations are in effect.  

Please make sure that your student comes dressed appropriately to play outside.