Happy Holidays!

As we enter the holiday season it is important to remember to take a deep breath before embarking on the hustle and bustle that occurs at this time of year, and enjoy each and every moment.What also occurs at this time of year is the arrival of some very cold New England weather making it not so enjoyable for our youngsters who are outside waiting for the school bus to arrive.To be prepared for cold weather and to prevent frostbite/hypothermia, the following is a list of tips for all, both young and old, no matter whether waiting for the bus, hitting the ski slopes or just enjoying the brisk winter air.

  • Pay attention to weather forecasts
  • Dress in several layers of loose warm clothing
  • Wear hats that fully cover the ears, warm boot and mittens
  • Drink plenty of warm fluids
  • Avoid or limit outdoor activities when the temperature nears or dips below 5 degree fahrenheit
  • Take frequent breaks indoors from the cold.
  • Frostbite/hypothermia are medical emergencies, seek medical attention as soon as possible

And we mustn’t forget the FLU Season. To avoid contacting the flu, everyone six months and older should be immunized against the flu. Other precautions one can take are; avoid close contact with those that are ill, cover your nose and mouth with a kleenex when coughing/sneezing and throw those kleenex in the trash.If you should become ill, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours, except for seeing your doctor. Before resuming normal activities your fever should be gone for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

On closing, a complete and recent physical examination for all students in Grade 11 is required by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.Parents will receive notification of this during the month of January.If at any time you as parents/guardians have any questions regarding your student, please do not hesitate to call the Health Office at 781-585-3844, extensions 1012 or 1013.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy winter season,

Penny Svenson, RN