Nurse's Updates

Jan. 15, 2021.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing...
Jan. 15, 2021.  There are many resources for helping children cope with tragic events that are often broadcast as they are happening on our TVs and devices.   Even though these disturbing events are news-worthy, watching and re-watching these events can add significantly to our stress.  Research has shown that viewing violent news stories can cause PTSD-like symptoms...
Jan. 8, 2021.  Dear Parents/Guardians: A key piece of providing in-person instruction for priority students has been communications from families to assure that all students who participate in "in-person" learning are well enough to be in school each day.  This updated 2021 Symptom Report Form includes questions about travel in keeping with recent district travel...
When a student recently mentioned his cat, “Pandora”, it reminded us of the Greek stories about Pandora.  In one version, the mythological Pandora is curious (like a cat) about a box in her care, opens the box lid, and unintentionally releases afflictions and misfortunes upon the world.  After slamming down the lid, she discovers one thing remaining:  hope. Hope is a gift we can...
Parents/guardians of priority students are reminded to check for symptoms and to complete daily symptom report prior to having your students report to school on each in-person learning day.  To help expedite this and to reflect up-to-date district travel guidelines, a new version of the Daily Symptom Report:  Streamlined is available.   While we recognize the risks...
Dec. 4, 2020.  To help minimize significant respiratory illness this winter, it's important to get our 'Flu shot.  Annual Influenza vaccines have been shown to prevent or greatly decrease symptoms, limit the spread of the 'flu viruses, and reduce the need for hospitalization for those at risk.  As a reminder, all students in Massachusetts are required to be...
Dec. 1, 2020:  World AIDS Day.  Nearly 40 years ago, what is now known as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was first identified.   The number of cases and deaths among persons with AIDS increased rapidly during the 1980s followed by substantial declines in new cases and deaths in the late 1990s (CDC)....
Nov. 23, 2020.  The DESE protocols been updated to reflect the recent change in DPH quarantining protocols for close contacts: In this new guidance, a close contact must remain quarantined for: At least 14 days from the date of last exposure; or (new) At least 10 days, provided all of the following are satisfied: You have not had, and do not have, any symptoms...
Nov. 21, 2020.  Officer Luna, the kindly comfort dog from the Hatfield Police Department tells us that she continues to be ready to fulfill her mission:  to protect and to serve the students of Hatfield Public Schools with her unique canine stress management skills.  During this temporary hiatus from in-person learning, Its paws-ible to schedule an appointment with Luna...
Recent pharmaceutical company announcements indicating remarkable vaccine development  have given everyone hope for the future.  The following primer supplements the recently posted  NAP Covid Update to help our understanding of what we can all do in the meantime... What does “proper time” for getting tested mean?  When one person is exposed to this (or any) virus, the...

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