September has been a whirlwind month of welcoming back all our energized students as they embark upon full in-person learning! With a fully occupied building, we must continue to follow the present guidelines mandated for all students ages 5 and above, staff included, to wear masks when in the buildings. Hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing are the essentials in keeping our schools as COVID free as possible.
It may be repetitious, but with the 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 - Prescription medication for your student needs to be brought to 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 our school nurse, Mrs. Svenson, with any questions.
REMINDER - PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
Student physical examinations, when submitted for enrollment or athletics, must be in compliance with MA guidelines, (M.G.L.c.71.s.57) which means that they must have been performed within the past year and signed by the physician. Copy of the physical exam must be legible for data entry of information to be accurate. Copies may be dropped off by your student to the Health Office or it can be faxed to our office @ 781-582-3590.
Mrs. Svenson, RN, NCSN
Mrs. Dart, Health Office Paraprofessional