FALL MEMO -2020

Hey there Lakers and welcome back!

As different as this year is going to be, we wanted to let you know how excited we are to see everyone back in the building once again. Laker Pride is all about looking challenges in the face and doing everything possible to rise above and beyond. We can do this together if we all just follow the safety measures that have been put in place for everyone who is in the building! The following are guidelines to follow so that we can accomplish our goal in keeping SIlver Lake as safe as we possibly can.

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

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

With SL Strong as our motto, we can do this together and have a successful and health school year!

Mrs. Svenson, RN, NCSN

Mrs. Dart, Health Office Paraprofessional

REMINDER - PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

When submitting a student physical examination, whether it be for athletics or compliance with MA state law, please be aware that it needs to legible in order for it to be read and entered into our data base. We are finding those submitted via smartphones/email cannot be enlarged and printed for what is needed to process the information you are submitting. Whenever possible, have your student bring a hard copy of his or her physical exam to school where they can drop it off to the Health Office. You may also fax it to our office at 781-582-3590.




VAPING UPDATE

On October 4, 2019 the FDA posted to their website the following recommendations with regards to THC containing products and any vaping products obtained off the street. This warning stems from the reporting of more than 1,000 lung injuries, some resulting in deaths, following the use of vaping products. The recommendations are as follows:

  • Do not use vaping products that contain THC.
  • Do not use vaping products-particularly those containing THC - obtained off the street or from other illicit or social sources.
  • Do not modify or add any substances, such as THC or other oils, to vaping products, including those purchased through retail establishments.
  • No vaping product has been approved by the FDA for therapeutic uses or authorized for marketing by the FDA. The Agency recommends contacting your health care provider for more information about the use of THC to treat medical conditions.
  • No youth or pregnant women should be using any vaping product, regardless of the substance. Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using these products. If you are an adult who uses e-cigarettes instead of cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes.
  • If you choose to use these products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.If you are concerned about your health after using a vaping product, contact your health care provider, or you can also call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Health care providers can also contact their local poison control center.

Don’t assume your teen wouldn’t vape or that you wouldn’t know that your teen was doing it. Many good students, star athletes, and otherwise “great kids”experiment with e-cigarettes at one time or another.

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.