Nurse's Updates

May 5, 2021:   Recall: Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Methanol Allison Aulds DISCLOSURES  April 30, 2021 Nearly a dozen scented hand sanitizer sprays sold at Ulta, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls stores nationwide are being recalled because they may be contaminated with methanol, a chemical that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Scentsational...
No Latex at HPS Please! April 29.  Here's a reminder originally posted on 09/05/2019 At Hatfield Public Schools, we strive to maintain a safe and secure environment for every student and staff member.  Due to an increase in the number of individuals who have life-threatening allergies, we are making you aware that latex balloons and products may not be...
April 28. 2021.  It's exciting to see some of the pandemic restrictions gradually being eased.  Check out the recent CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People.  If you or your age 16+ child have been waiting for the vaccines to arrive, they're here.  Pre-register at Vaccinesignup.mass.gov.  Also, you may use the MA vaxfinder site to search for local...
April 15, 2021.  Recent news about the joint FDA / CDC pause on using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has raised some good questions about the development and monitoring of vaccinations.  While we await the report from the ACIP we will address some current questions here. What is the foundation for developing the vaccines so quickly?  Worldwide funding, scientific...
Apr. 7, 2021. On April 7, 1948, the World Health Organization was founded.  The WHO has promoted World Health Day on this date ever since. Until last year, most of us were probably not aware of the importance of promoting global health.  The COVID-19 Pandemic has shown us that a microscopic virus can quickly affect the entire planet and reveal...
April 1, 2021.   The Governor recently announced that the statewide pooled testing program, funded entirely by the Commonwealth and available to every Massachusetts public school at no cost, has been extended through the end of the school year.  Initial data collected from this initiative shows low positivity rates in Massachusetts schools – far less than 1 percent –...
March 29, 2021.  Please note the following revised travel protocols for HPS: Domestic travellers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more prior to travelling) and who do not have symptoms are now exempt from the HPS...
March 18, 2021.  :Let's stay SMART* with all that we've learned about Covid 19.  Consider the knowledge we've gained from the alphabet soup of public health policy organizations:  the WHO, CDC, and DPH but also the daily personal gestures from family, friends, and colleagues..  Every effort has made a difference It's important to remember that these...
March 17, 2021.  As you may know, free Pooled Testing for Covid-19 is now available at Hatfield Public Schools through April 18 thanks to a state-wide DESE initiative.  As we transition to full, in-person learning, pooled testing will add an important, convenient and time-efficient layer to the comprehensive safety protocols already in place at HPS.   ...
March 14, 2021.   Here's some information to help you and your family plan and prepare for your Covid 19 Vaccinations... How do I sign up for my vaccine?  Massachusetts has recently updated the online eligibility and enrollment page to allow eligible persons to pre-register.  Visit the  MA Gov Covd 19 Vaccination Site for more information. How do the...

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