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Health Services and Care at School

The Nurse is responsible for Health Office guidelines and for looking after the day-to-day details of the health and safety of both students and faculty, and oversees the medical aspects of the Physical Education Program. The Health Office is located on the lower level of the Murray Middle School.

Care at School

The Nurse will care for minor injuries sustained at school, during the school day.


Accidents will occur, no matter how careful our supervision may be. In such an event, the supervising adult and/or Nurse will follow appropriate emergency procedures (described below), notify parents, and file a written report with the Head of School. It is essential for parents to keep us current with daytime telephone numbers and contact persons if parents are away from home.

Emergency Procedures           

In all emergencies, we will immediately try to reach parents. In extreme emergencies the rescue will be called concurrently. If we cannot reach either parent, we will call the emergency contacts designated by the parents on the health form. In the event we cannot reach this person, we will contact the child's physician.

Health Form

Each year every student must submit a Health Form which has been completed by his/her physician. The School realizes that it is at times difficult to arrange appointments, but regrettably, without a current health form, the School cannot allow students to be in attendance, nor to participate in any field trip or athletic activity. The immunization record portion of the health form is required by State Law, and it is therefore necessary that parents fill in this section completely and keep it up to date. If a child has a particular health concern, parents should call or visit the Nurse so that she can respond knowledgeably to the child's needs and inform Division Principals and faculty when appropriate. 

Health Policy

Students may not carry medication on the school premises. Medication includes any over-the-counter medications, homeopathic treatments/preparations and/or prescription medication. Epi-Pens and inhalers are permitted on the student as a first-line emergency intervention. All medications must be checked in with the Nurse and kept in the Health Center where all medications are stored in a locked facility and managed by the Nurse . A physician's written order must accompany all prescribed medication and must be documented and kept in the Health Center and administered as ordered. A back-up "refill" of the student's Epi-Pen and/or inhaler/s is recommended in case of loss or damage. All duplicate prescriptions are stored in the Health Center.

In the case of a serious health issue or injury, a note from the doctor or permission for our nurse to speak with the doctor is required.


Parents will be notified if there is an outbreak of contagious illness. If a child contracts a contagious disease, parents should notify the Nurse as soon as possible. Parents are asked to report to the appropriate Division Director any illness which will keep a child at home.

Illness during School

If a child becomes ill during the school day, we will call the parents to request that they come as soon as possible. If we cannot reach the parents, we will call the emergency name provided. If a student who drives to school becomes ill, she will not be allowed to drive home or take public transportation without the permission of a parent.

Dining Room

The Dining Room is located in Faxon Hall and serves students in all three divisions of the school. Our all-school lunch program is provided to all members of grades one through twelve and is included in our yearly tuition. The objective is to provide well-balanced, nutritious lunches and snacks, with enough variety to please the different palates of the students. The Dining Room is a social center which brings students and faculty of all divisions together. Every student who eats lunch in the Dining Room is required to clear her place, to clean up the table after eating, and to use the recycling containers provided. Breakfast and snacks are available to upper and middle school students for purchase.

Snow Days or Emergency Dismissal

If serious inclement weather or another unforeseen emergency requires the School to close, announcements will be on Channels 6, 10 and 12 television. The decision to close the School will be made by 5:00 a.m. in consultation with Moses Brown, Providence Country Day, Gordon, and Wheeler Schools. Please be careful not to confuse "the Lincoln School System" with "Lincoln School in Providence." Parents can also call the school for a recorded message or check www.lincolnschool.org.  Lincoln also subscribes to the AlertNow messaging service whereby parents/guardians can receive telephone notices and/or emails announcing special conditions. Parents can submit daily and emergency telephone numbers and email addresses specifically for the AlertNow system on the Student Information form or by filling out the online form.

Information on emergency dismissal will be posted on the Lincoln School website and sent out through AlertNow.


Each family is responsible for transportation arrangements to and from the school. Private bus companies offer transportation from outlying areas. For specific information, please contact the Admission Office. Because so many of our students come from considerable distances and have to rely on private transport, we provide a supervised Extended Day Program in the Lower School. Lincoln is in a quiet, residential neighborhood where the impact of our traffic is significant. We request that all drivers be mindful of the safety of our students and be considerate of our neighbors. During drop-off and pick-up, please do not block the front circle or disrupt the flow of traffic. Cars parked in no parking areas will be ticketed.


Cyclists should be careful when turning into the back driveway or onto East Orchard Avenue from Butler Avenue. Cyclists must observe traffic regulations: stopping at signals, signaling for turns, riding on the right with traffic. Please be sure to securely lock bikes during school hours.


All faculty, staff, and students are required to register their cars at the Front Desk at the beginning of the school year. Drivers will receive a Lincoln School parking sticker. Traffic circulation maps will also be available when cars are registered.

East Orchard Avenue between Butler Avenue and Patterson Street (up to the school's front circle) is ONE WAY ONLY heading east in from Butler Avenue.
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Parking on East Orchard Avenue between Butler Avenue is for the Lincoln School community only.

There is no parking in the front circle.

Student parking is very limited. Options include the north side of Oriole Avenue and residential streets north and south of the campus. Some streets ban parking between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., however. Students may not park in the front circle at any time.

Since parking is limited on campus, everyone is urged to consider using public transportation, car pools, bicycling or walking to school as other options, where reasonable.

Lincoln reviews parking options on campus and in the neighborhood with facilities planners and the City of Providence on a regular basis.
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Upper and Middle Schools: Drivers of middle and upper school students are urged to drop off and pick up passengers within the front circle, or at the location of the designated crossing guard at the intersections of Butler Avenue and Blackstone Boulevard. This will help to alleviate traffic congestion on East Orchard Avenue before 8:00 a.m.
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Lower School drivers are urged to observe the drop-off and pick up policies issued at the beginning of each school year.

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