Nurse's Updates

Oct. 13, 2020.  Families who plan to travel this school year are asked to check the  Mass.gov Travel Orders Site often to assure that updated safety measures are being followed.  At this time, individuals who visit higher risk states need to complete the MA Travel Form, produce results of a negative Covid 19 test (completed < 72 hours prior to arrival), and...
Oct. 8, 2020.  Many parents and guardians have been completing the Daily Symptom Report Form when their student is coming to the school building on a regular basis:  thank you!  We ask that all parents please take the time to check that their children do not have any of the symptoms listed, answer the 3 questions, and submit this form to us each morning.  If you...
Oct. 6, 2020.  "Now is the time for..." all families to fight the 'flu!  Because symptoms associated with the 'Flu, the "Common Cold", and Covid illness are similar, the MA Dept. of Public Health requires all students and younger children (ages 6 months - 30 years) to get a flu vaccine before Dec. 31, 2020:  MA DPH Flu Vaccine Requirement.  If you choose to have your...
Oct. 5, 2020.   COVID 19, the "Common Cold", and the 'Flu all have similar symptoms.  Because of this, MA Dept. of Public Health Guidelines state that parents/guardians of students who develop new symptoms need to do the following: Keep student home & temporarily switch to remote Contact Health Care Provider for an evaluation for possible COVID testing Notify your...
September 6, 2020.  According to the Dept. of Public Health, Massachusetts is in the second year of an outbreak of EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis).  They state further that children may continue to spend time outdoors during the day wearing repellent, long sleeves, long pants and socks when possible but should avoid being outdoors between dusk and dawn.  EEE is a rare but very...
Aug 26, 2020.  The MA Dept. of Public Health recently mandated "Flu Shots" for every student in this announcement: Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of...
August 12, 2020. HELP WANTED:  RNs Hatfield Public Schools invites family members and friends of the school community to apply for occasional work as a substitute nurse during the school day beginning immediately.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to assessing and treating students with chronic and acute medical needs, assisting with providing health screenings, and...
August 11, 2020.  According to the Department of Public Health, the current list of symptoms that may indicate Covid 19 are as follows: ❏ Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (temp criteria updated 08/18/20 by CDC) ❏ Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)  ❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath  ❏ New loss of taste...
July 30, 2020.  If we haven't already done so, now is a good time to start acclimating our kids to wearing a mask.  Thanks to our friends at Northampton Pediatrics and Boston Children's Hospital, we have a couple of links showing some helpful suggestions for parents: Ways to Encourage Kids to Wear Masks Helping Kids Wear Masks Here are repeat links from an earlier post...
July 21, 2020.  The re-emergence of mosquito-borne illnesses, specifically West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis here in Massachusetts has prompted the Dept. of Public Health to remind us of the following tips during this year's "mosquito season"? Protect yourself and your family by doing the following: Use insect repellents any time you are outdoors Wear ...

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