Nurse's Updates

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 ...
July 16, 2020.  As we all continue to monitor the evolving science related to the Covid 19 virus, we wish to remind you of important health and safety records that need to be in place before school resumes.  Click on linked forms and the MA Dept. of Public Health (DPH) requirement included below.  Families need to provide immunization and physical exam documents dated and...
June 22, 2020. FDA Advises Consumers Not to Use Hand Sanitizer Products Manufactured by Eskbiochem...
School's Out Flyer
June 21, 2020.  Our friends at the Hampshire County Collaborative Strategic Planning Initiative For Families & Youth (SPIFFY) and several local health coalitions invite us to join in on a free virtual parent forum (see FLYER attached):   School's out. Now what? Parenting Teens and Tweens Amid Pandemic and Protests Wednesday, June 24th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. A Free...
June 19, 2020.  Recent national events have stirred up collective emotions for many.  Sadness, worry, fear, and anger are bound to be triggered by the sorrow over the recent killings of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks,  Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Armery, and others. These murders on top of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic have focused national attention on the points that...
  COVID-19 Update: How to Open Up (cautiously!)   June 5, 2020   Now that our state is starting the slow...
Our friends from the Longmeadow CLOSE Community Coalition have invited us to join their community movie night and zoom discussion on June 4th. See details below from Coalition Coordinator, Paul McNeil:  You are cordially invited to our upcoming community movie night and zoom discussion hosted by CLOSE Community in Longmeadow...all are welcome to join us!  Here's what to do: ...
May 21, 2020.  Now that we're all wearing some type of face covering in public places, it's a good idea to review the steps for applying and removing these items.  Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Health, here are some helpful guidelines to consider for wearing face coverings: Key messages about cloth masks Create and wear masks by following CDC guidance. Be careful not...
Parent Stress Hotline:  1-800-632-8188
May 15, 2020.  By now, we all realize that the pressures of a pandemic can create unique forms of stress not seen in this country for a long time.  Other large-scale crises such as hurricanes, while very stressful, have a definite beginning, middle, and ending allowing individuals to begin rebuilding their lives.  For now, we all need to continue our efforts to follow public health...

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