Health Services

The Nurse in the school setting focuses on the health issues that affect students' safety and learning ability during the school day. At times she may need to refer the student to other community health care providers for unresolved health issues. Cooperation with the student's parent/guardian, faculty, and health care provider are essential to the management of health issues at the school.

If a student is ill, not feeling well, or requires over-the-counter medication, the student must report to the Nurse at the CCA Health Office. The Nurse will then evaluate the student's signs and symptoms and the course of treatment. A student can only be dismissed for illness by the Nurse; therefore all students who are ill and need to be dismissed must come to the Health Office first and see the Nurse. A call will then be made home from the Health Office to notify a parent/guardian of the situation. Students who drive need permission from their parent/guardian before they will be allowed to leave school property and drive themselves home. All dismissals must sign out at the Receptionist's Desk in the Lower School.

There are currently three Automated External Defibrillators (AED) located on our campus. One is in the faculty lounge, another in the upper school gym, and another that travels with the trainer during after school athletics. Faculty and staff are re-certified in CPR and EAD use every two years.

The Nurse is available and on-call throughout the school day from 7:45 AM - 3:15 PM.

Information about:

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  • Immunizations

    The State of Massachusetts requires up to date immunization records for entrance into Kindergarten and the 7th grade.
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  • Physicals

    All students are required to have an annual physical examination in grades K - 12.
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  • Daily Medications

    The School Nurse can not dispense any prescription or non-prescription (over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil, etc.) without written authorization from the physician as well as signed parental permission.
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  • Yearly Screening

    During Kindergarten through Grade 5 - yearly vision and hearing screening will be done in the fall.
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  • Record Keeping

    All students will have a current health record on file in the Health Office.
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  • Consultation

    At times the School Nurse may need to refer the student to other community health providers. This will be done in co-operation with the student's parent / guardian, physician and advisor.
  • Case Management

    The School Nurse will work in close collaboration with the student, parent / guardian, teacher and physician while managing a student's chronic illness while in the school setting. (ie: allergic reactions, asthma, diabetes, depression, etc.)

Contact the Health Office

School Nurse: 
Sara Pokrass, RN, BSN

Office Hours: 
M-F 7:45 AM - 3:15 PM


508-428-5400 Ext. 229


50 Osterville W. Barnstable Road
Osterville, MA 02655

Dr. Alex Heard, MD, is the on-call school Physician

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