Spring is here and we are looking forward to welcoming our students for a full return to school May 3! Time is flying by and as we near our spring re-opening, we must continue to follow the guidelines that have become second nature to all of us. Hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing are the essentials in making this work for Silver Lake.
It may be repetitious, but with the expected return of students to our buildings, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your student home when they are feeling ill. It is strongly recommended that a student stay home in the following instances:
1. COVID-19 -Keep your student home if they or a family member has a pending COVID test, or the student is a close contact. Call your physician with any questions or concerns regarding your child's symptoms and contact your school's nurse.
2. Student should stay home when ill with a contagious illness such as strep throat, or chicken pox
- Positive strep throat should not return to school until they have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
- Students with chicken pox should not return to school until all lesions have crusted over.
3. Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, within the past 24 hours.
- a student should remain home until they have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
4. Vomiting or diarrhea, within the past 24 hours.
5. Student with pink/red eyes or drainage from eyes.
- Students with confirmed cases of conjunctivitis should not return to school until they have been on prescribed medication for 24 hours.
STUDENT MEDICATION - Prescribed medication for your student will need to be brought into the school nurse in the original container or packaging, along with a signed physician’s order in order for the nurse to dispense medication to your child while in school. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.
REMINDER - PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
Student physical examinations, when submitted for registration, compliance with MA guidelines, (M.G.L.c.71.s.57) or athletics, must have been performed within the last thirteen months and be legible and signed by the physician. Hard copies may be dropped off by your student to the Health Office or it can be faxed to our office @ 781-582-3590.
MA TRAVEL ADVISORY
Effective Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory.
- As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.
- Travelers are exempt from this advisory if they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival, as long as travelers quarantine until a negative test result has been received.
- Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours is exempt from this advisory.
- Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency) are exempt from this advisory while they are commuting to or from or while at work.
- Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms are exempt from this advisory. Travelers are encouraged to consult and follow the CDC’s guidelines and requirements for travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Mrs. Svenson, RN, NCSN
Mrs. Dart, Health Office Paraprofessional