Health Services & Vaccination Info

To attend Jackson-Reed High School, families are required to submit their student’s up-to-date immunization record by the first day of school. If you have not already submitted your child’s immunization records, here is what you need to do now:
  1. Make an appointment with your child’s doctor. DC offers resources to help you find a health provider if you do not have health insurance.
  2. Have the doctor complete DC’s Universal Health Certificate, available here. Your health provider may also provide a different proof of immunization document or an exemption explanation.
  3. Submit your immunization paperwork to the school nurse ( You can also drop it off at school or call the school’s main office (202-282-0120) if you have questions about how to submit your form.

Health Services Information

School health services are available from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, except on holidays. The health unit is located in Room 123B, to the right of the First Floor Entrance (facing the corner of Fort Drive NW and Chesapeake Street NW). It includes the nurse’s office, a separate room for teaching and for ill students, and a bathroom. Nurse McCarthy is available at the above hours for consultation.

Services Provided by the Health Unit

  • Emergency intervention
  • Health screenings
  • Maintenance of health records
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Prenatal and postnatal supervision
  • Pamphlets, information about a variety of health topics
  • Access to the Internet for more health information
  • Assessment, intervention, and follow up for all children within the school setting
  • Address all other pertinent physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs
Contact Nurse McCarthy at
Note: Brochures are available in the nurse’s office for the various services listed above.

Visiting the Nurse’s Office

Students are encouraged to visit the nurse during non-class hours and are admitted to the nurse’s office during class only with a pass.


Any student with a suspected or confirmed pregnancy should visit the school nurse as soon as possible.

Medication Policy

D.C. law prohibits students from bringing medication to school, including over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers. Medication will be confiscated by security if found in a student’s possession. A student who needs to take medication during school hours must provide the nurse with a form signed by both a physician and a parent or guardian (this form can be obtained in the nurse’s office). The nurse keeps the medication in her office and distributes according to the physician’s orders.
The nurse cannot dispense medication of any kind to students without the proper form signed by a physician and a parent or guardian. All medication must be supplied to the nurse in its original bottle.