Nurse's Updates

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 ...
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...

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