Mrs. Sarah Phillips

Phone: 508-943-4554


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science Nursing, Cum Laude National Certified School Nurse

Mrs. Sarah Phillips

Hello there!

My name is Sarah Phillips, and I am the School Nurse at Park Ave Elementary School! I have been a nurse since graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. I also am a Nationally Board Certified School Nurse. I began working as the School Nurse at Park Ave in 2013, am I am honored to work with such an amazing staff to care for our 870 students! I welcome parent communication, and suggest emailing or calling me at or 508-943-4554.

For more information about how the Nursing Office operates, please see below!



Welcome to the Nurse’s Office Page

at Park Ave Elementary School!


Sarah Phillips, RN, BSN, NCSN

Phone: 508-943-4554

Nursing Office Fax: 508-640-0067

Info about the PAE Nursing Office

School nursing is a specialized practice of nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement and health of students. Keeping children healthy, safe, in school, and ready to learn should be a top priority for both healthcare and educational systems. It is the position of NASN* that school nurses play an essential role in keeping children healthy, safe, and ready to learn. The school nurse is a member of a unique discipline of professional nursing and is often the sole healthcare provider in an academic setting.

Here at Park Ave Elementary School, the full time nurse is Mrs Sarah Phillips. Mrs Phillips is a Nationally Board Certified School Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from University of New Hampshire and has been a nurse since 2001. We also have a float nurse, Ms Stefanie Poletta, who works at Park Ave daily from 10-2:30.

Together, we care for the 870+ students here at Park Ave, and our utmost priority is the health and well being of each student. With our combined years of experience, we utilize our assessment skills and nursing judgement to determine what type of treatment each student needs while triaging, prioritizing and multitasking multiple students at a time.

Below is a generalized list of some of the situations we encounter throughout the day - it is not a comprehensive list, as we never know what situation will walk through the door! We typically see between 150 and 200 students per day, and treat minor and major concerns with skill and professionalism. We communicate with parents for minor injuries/illnesses only when our assessment findings indicate a need for follow up. For those health concerns that fall into the moderate or severe category, the nurse will reach out to the parent to report assessment findings and discuss needed follow up or dismissal plan.

We welcome communication with our student’s parents, and appreciate any “heads up” information or “follow up” information you can provide us. Emailing us at or is the best way to communicate with us. We appreciate the opportunity to care for your students, and partner with you as parents/guardians to help your children be healthy and ready to learn while at school.

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Minor Illness/Injury Examples (typically do not require a phone call home)

  • Earache without fever
  • Sore throat without fever
  • Stomachache without fever/vomiting
  • Headache without fever
  • Minor scrape/abrasion/laceration (cut)
  • Nosebleed
  • Bruise
  • Low grade temperature (under 99.9 degrees)
  • Minor sprain/strain to joint with normal range of motion, minor swelling/bruising
  • Diarrhea

Major Illness/Injury Examples (typically require a phone call home for MD follow up and/or dismissal)

  • Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Suspected Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Lice (per district lice policy)
  • Sore throat with fever, redness and/or exudate (pus) suspicious of strep throat
  • Seizure activity
  • Bump/bruise on the head/face with significant swelling/bruising
  • Earache with drainage and/or fever
  • Bee Stings
  • Persistent Headache
  • Cardiac Complaints
  • Diabetic Concern
  • Persistent Diarrhea (more than 3 episodes in one hour)
  • Tick Bite
  • Injury where nursing assessment indicates need for further evaluation by physician
  • Severe sprain or suspected bone injury where nursing assessment indicates need for further evaluation by physician


Entrance Requirements

Massachusetts state law requires that all students who are entering school have a complete immunization record and a physical within the last year. See the table below for grade specific entrance requirements.


Entering Preschool

  • Physical exam by MD within the last year
  • Complete Immunization Record
    • 5 DTAP (diptheria/tetanus/pertussis) vaccines
    • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines
    • 4 Polio vaccines
    • 2 MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine
    • 2 Varicella (chicken pox)

Entering Kindergarten

  • Physical exam within the last year
  • Complete Immunization Record
    • 5 DTAP (diptheria/tetanus/pertussis) vaccines
    • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines
    • 4 Polio vaccines (last one after age 4)
    • 2 MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine
    • 2 Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Lead level results
  • Hearing/Vision Screening by MD in the last year

Entering Grades 1-4

  • Physical exam within the last year
  • Complete Immunization Record
    • 5 DTAP (diptheria/tetanus/pertussis) vaccines
    • 3 Hepatitis B vaccines
    • 4 Polio vaccines
    • 2 MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine
    • 2 Varicella (chicken pox)

Red cross

Park Ave Illness/Injury Policy 

Illness at home - Please check your child carefully before sending him/her to school if they do not feel well in the morning.  Guidelines for when to keep your child home:

  • Temperature of 100 or more.  Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea present during the past 24 hours. Your child must be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If on an antibiotic for a contagious illness (such as strep throat or pink eye), the child must be on the medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

Illness at school - If your child has a temperature (over 100 degrees), or is vomiting, they will be dismissed from school

Injury - appropriate accomodations will be determined by the nursing office for students with injuries. If use of the elevator is needed, a doctor's note is required by the nursing office. Staff are required to travel in the elevator with elementary aged students for safety reasons. 


Medication Policy

School Nurses can administer medications to students with a doctor’s order, signed parent consent, and if the pharmacy labeled medication bottle is brought into school to the nurse by an adult. Students are not allowed to transport prescription or over the counter medications to school under any circumstances.

This link below is the consent that is needed to be turned into the Nursing Office. The top part is to be filled out by your doctor (or they can give their own doctor’s order form). The lower portion is to be filled out by the parent to give permission to administer the medication.


State Mandated Screenings

The Nursing Office at Park Ave performs the State Mandated Health Screenings throughout the year. If you would like your child to opt-out of this screening, please email the nursing office at any time. We are fortunate to have the assistance from community agencies to complete these screenings.


Screening               Grades Screened               Screenings Assisted by

Hearing Screening      1, 2, 3, 4                           Baypath Nursing Students

Height/Weight            1 & 4                                 Baypath Nursing Students

Vision Screening         1, 2, 3, 4                           Gentex Vision Screeners

Head Lice

Head lice are a common community based problem in ages 3 to 11. Head lice are not dangerous and do not transmit disease, but they do spread easily.  Head lice are most commonly spread by direct head-to-head contact with hair of other people who have head lice. Head lice are less commonly spread through contact with an infested person’s personal items, such as hair brushes and combs, hats, unwashed clothing, bedding or towels. Head lice are commonly spread within households. Children often spread head lice to each other during close contact while playing. Head lice can crawl from an infested person or object to a non-infested person. Head lice do not fly or jump.

Recommendations regarding treatment of Head Lice in schools from the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Association of School Nurses is followed at Park Ave Elementary School, and can be found here and here.

If your student has head lice, please contact the Nurse’s Office at 508-943-4554 so the School Nurse can review treatment, answer questions and assist with follow up assessments.

Lice Lesson 1

Lice Lesson 2