School Nurse

No Balloons/No Latex gloves: We have four individuals at TMS who are allergic to Latex. This is why only Mylar balloons and latex free gloves can be used at TMS and throughout the Tolland School System.

Absent from school: 860-870-6868: Please call the nurse's office to report your child’s absence from school. It is state mandated that we call you if we do not hear from a parent/guardian.
Please click the link for the Connecticut State Department of Education Attendance Guidelines 2013.

School Physicals: Required 6th Grade: “ immunization update and additional health assessment are required in the 6th grade and in the 10th grade” as specified by Tolland BOE and Connecticut General Statutes Sec 10-204a and 10-206. Physical examinations done one (1) year prior to the student entering 6th grade are acceptable. Click here for a copy of the School Physical Form or go to the state website:

Immunizations: Required for 7th grade entry: per State of Connecticut Immunization web page:

  • Tdap/Td: 1 dose for students who have completed their primary DTaP series.
  • Hepatitis A:  2 doses given six calendar months apart, first dose on or after 1st birthday
  • Meningococcal: 1 dose
  • Varicella: 2 doses separated by at least 3 months - first dose on or after the first birthday; or verification of disease

Religious Exemption: 

Medical Exemption:

Yearly Sports Physical:

Documents "A" (TMS Interscholastic Sports Permission Slip) and "B" ( Connecticut Pre-participation Sports Evaluation) below must be submitted to the Nurse's Office at Tolland Middle School on or before the following dates for the students to participate in the any aspect of the sport, including tryouts. If you have missed the deadline, you may download and submit form C to the Principal's Office for consideration. Forms will only be accepted after the deadline in cases of extreme hardship. Families should plan well ahead of these deadlines and follow through with doctors' offices to allow enough time for paperwork to be submitted before the deadline.

It takes the school Nursing Office time to process and verify these forms, and a large number of forms come in for each sport. In order to execute due diligence in these responsibilities, the TMS Nurse’s Office must have the time to do so carefully. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference requires physicals to participate in school sports (Page 98, CIAC 2010-2011 Handbook) and the Connecticut State Medical Society (as of September 2002, Page 5 of SportsMed) recommends a physical be completed a minimum of two weeks before the sport begins. For more information on this, please see the web-sites listed below.

Therefore, in the interest of executing our responsibilities in a responsible manner, and for the safety of the students, we have established deadlines for the submission of completed forms.

FALL Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cross Country July 31, 2017
WINTER Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Cheerleading November 6, 2017
SPRING Baseball, Softball, Track February 26, 2018

Click here for a copy of the Sports Physical Form.

Medications: Prescription and over the counter medications must be accompanied by a physician signed “Authorization for the Administration of Medicine by School Personnel” per Connecticut State Law and regulations 10-21(a). Medications (properly contained with a label affixed bearing the patient’s name, physician, medication, dose directions for administration, and prescription number) must be delivered to school nurse by the parent . Medications not picked up by the end of the school year will be discarded. Click here for a copy of the School Medication Administration Form.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms: A concussion is not a structural injury and there is no protective equipment to date that will protect against a concussion. Concussions are cerebral injuries resulting in a disruption of the nerves, cells and chemicals within the brain.

This process is called a metabolic cascade and is manifested in the development of signs and symptoms listed below.

A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body resulting in a manifestation of signs and symptoms including, but not limited to:

Headache Confusion Difficulty remembering or paying attention

Balance Problems Dizziness Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy

Nausea Vomiting Slowed reaction time

Bothered by light or noise Double or blurry vision

Loss of consciousness Feeling irritable more emotional or “down”

If you suspect that your son/daughter has sustained a concussion, please follow up with the School Nurse 860/870-6868 and/or Doctor.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Mrs. Christine Grulke, RN

Mrs. Janet Sullivan, LPN

Fax: 860-