The Spring ritual of setting our clocks ahead is right around the corner, making our days longer and hopefully full of sunshine! Longer days bring about more time outside which means getting out the sunscreen for early protection. Outside activities are plenty and can be enjoyed safely so don’t forget that helmet when bicycling.
Please keep your child home when they exhibit any of the following illnesses:
1. CONTAGIOUS DISEASE
- Testing positive for COVID requires your student to isolate at home for 5 days and then wear a mask for another 5 days.
- 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.
- Students with the flu should not attend school until fever free for 24 hours.
3. Fever of 100.6 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. Students need to remain home if vomiting or diarrhea, within the past 24 hours.
5. Pink/red eyes or drainage from the eyes:
- Students with confirmed cases of conjunctivitis should not return to school until they have been on prescribed medication for 24 hours.
2. HEALTH & SAFETY IN SCHOOL
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
- Let your teacher know if you are not feeling well and need to see the nurse
- Use your own supplies
- Eat your own food
- Be mindful of others
- Stay home when sick
- Vaccinate against the flu https://www.mass.gov/flu-facts
3. GRADE 10 SCREENINGS - EYES, EARS, HEIGHT & WEIGHT
Parents and guardians of Grade 10 students will be receiving the “opt-out” form for these screenings at the end of March. Students may return the signed form to the Health Office. The screenings will take place during the month of May.
4. GRADE 11 PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
Massachusetts state regulations require that all students in Grade 11 have a recent physical exam (within the past 13 months) on file in the Health Office. Parents/guardians will receive a letter during the first week of March from the high school nurse if their student is found not to be in compliance.
5. CLASS OF 2023 - IMMUNIZATION DOCUMENT
The immunization record for members of this year’s senior class will be mailed to their homes in April. Student records are archived for seven years and then shredded, so please store this document for your future need.
A written doctor's order needs to brought to the Health Office in order for your student to receive their prescribed medication from the nurse during school hours. Medication must be in the original container. Office hours are 7:30-2:15, Monday-Friday for drop off.
Wishing all a safe and health spring,
Mrs. Penny Svenson, RN, NCSN
Mrs. Joanne Dart, Health Office Paraprofessional