Hello!

As we put 2020 behind us and welcome 2021, we can be hopeful that with the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines, we shall be on our way towards the light at the end of the tunnel. But it is also not the time to let our guard down so it is very important in following the guidelines put in place by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. By following the guidance set forth by the CDC and Department of Public Health, you are not only protecting you and your loved ones but also those that you may come in contact with.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.ht...

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates...

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SCHOOL

Wear your mask, it needs to cover both your nose & mouth You will have masks breaks during class

  • Keep your hands off of your face/mask.
  • Wash, wash, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet both in the classroom and in the hallways
  • Let your teacher know if you are not feeling well
  • Use your own supplies
  • Eat your own food
  • Be mindful of others
  • Stay home when sick and also if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • Vaccinate against the flu https://www.mass.gov/flu-facts

HEALTH AND SAFETY OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL

  • Social Distancing Basics
  • Stay Home
  • Call/Face time/On-line chat/ZOOM with friends and loved ones
  • If you go out for essential needs:
  • Avoid crowds
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Don’t shake hands or hug
  • Wear a face covering or mask if your physical distancing is not possible
  • Vaccinate against the flu https://www.mass.gov/flu-facts

COLD WEATHER TIPS

Another concern this time of year is our cold New England weather which can make it not so enjoyable for our youngsters who are outside waiting for the school bus to arrive. So whether waiting for the bus, hitting the ski slopes or just outside enjoying the brisk winter air, the following is a list of helpful hints to avoid frostbite/hypothermia, for both young and old alike.

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

REMINDER - PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

Student physical examinations, when submitted for registration, compliance with MA guidelines or athletics must be legible in order for it to be processed and placed into your student's health file. We have found that those submitted via smartphones/email are hard to read due to the size of the document. Hard copies may be dropped off by your student to the Health Office or it can be faxed to our office @ 781-582-3590.

CLASS OF 2021 IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

Parents and guardians of seniors can expect to receive their student's immunization record, by mail, the end of February.

Also, if at any time you have concerns or questions regarding your student, please do not hesitate to contact our office. 781-585-3844, ext. 1013.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy winter season!

Mrs. Svenson, RN, NCSN

Mrs. Dart, Health Office Paraprofessional


VAPING AWARENESS

By now we have all been alerted to the fact that vaping can be detrimental to one's health. And as parents, we cannot assume that our teen wouldn't vape or that you wouldn't know he or she was doing it. Kids are going to experiment at one time or another so here is a list of what to look for if you suspect that your student could be vaping.

What to Look For:

  1. Sweet scents such as bubble gum or candy flavored scents wafting through the room. This is the after-effects of cloud vapor. E-juices come in many flavor combinations. The sweeter the better for most teens.
  2. Skin flare-ups such as acne or red spots may take longer to heal.
  3. Nosebleeds are experiences as vaping dries out the nasal passageways. Dry cracking skin around the nose is also another indicator.
  4. Increased thirst is due to vaping being hydroscopic, meaning it dries out the mouth and throat. Drinking more liquids and urinating more frequently is a warning sign your teen may be vaping.
  5. Caffeine intake may be cut back due to the combination of nicotine and caffeine increasing irritability, mood swings and anxiety.
  6. “Vapers Tongue” is the loss of flavor perception when vaping. Added salt may suddenly be part of your teen’s diet if vaping. Vaper’s Tongue is a common term used among vape users.
  7. Pneumonia may occur as the nanoparticles present in e-cig vapor cause inflammation in the lungs, which can lead to pockets of bacterial infection resulting in pneumonia
  8. Unfamiliar spare parts such as cartridges, spare wires, cotton balls or small containers (pods), unfamiliar USB drives or battery charges may be found in your trash bin. Ask your teen about them.
  9. Sleep patterns can be affected by the nicotine ingested by your teen. Staying up later or sleeping in, along with restlessness/sleeplessness are indicators of a nicotine habit.
  10. Your child may be more irritable or easily frustrated when they vape, especially if they go long periods in between uses.
  11. Risky behaviors or making otherwise unsound decisions may be exhibited as your teen vapes and impairs the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Using addictive substances is a behavioral risk in and of itself. Nicotine changes the brain’s chemistry which can lead to psychological or personality differences separate from typical teenage hormonal changes. Watch out for these signs.