Nurse's Updates

March 11.   We’re pleased to announce that HPS is now offering free pooled COVID testing for all students and staff who wish to participate through April 18 on a pilot basis.   As we bring more students back into school for more days, we want to do everything we can to keep the schools open while assuring that our students,staff, and community at large stay as...
March 9, 2021.  The MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has recently announced the following: All youth who have had a positive COVID test should be cleared by their pediatric health care provider teams prior to returning to organized sports. Even those who are asymptomatic could be at risk for cardiac issues related to COVID 19 infection. Also, please remember that...
March 7.  We are grateful for the diligence of families, students, and staff to help the schools be safer places for learning during this covid pandemic year.  The combination of facilities upgrades, masking, sanitizing, and distancing have greatly reduced the risk of covid transmission.  However, there is another measure that needs to be followed:  the instructions on the...
Feb. 17, 2021.  ADHD expert and Clinical Psychologist Sharon Saline has supported local families and schools for over 30 years.  Last July, she participated in a panel discussion for parents about Covid 19 concerns and return to school on behalf of the Hatfield Public Schools community.  Now, she has given us permission to share her recent blog post on "ADHD, Defiance, and COVID"....
Feb. 11, 2021.  The CDC now supports "double masking", ie, wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask, as an option to reduce the spread of viruses.. "correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19".   Here's a link that provides the most up-to-date CDC mask recommendations for how to improve mask...
Feb. 5, 2021.   "Covid 19 Pooled Testing”.    What is this?  How does this work?   What: The Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) has invited school systems to participate in an optional statewide surveillance screening program for asymptomatic students and staff.  This adds to rigorous public health measures already in place to...
Feb, 4, 2021.  The collective public health efforts finally seem to be moving the holiday surge of new Covid 19 cases down (<120,000 in the U.S.).  Thankfully.   While it's tempting to relax a bit (ie, gather at Super Bowl parties and/or hang out with friends during February School Vacation break), it's important to keep in mind how quickly the holiday ...
Feb. 2, 2021.  The NY Times (Siobhan Roberts, Published Dec. 5, 2020 / Updated Dec. 7, 2020) illustration using James Reason's "Swiss Cheese Model" nicely explains that utilizing only one public health measure has "holes".  However, consistently layering several "slices" of cheese greatly reduces our risk for becoming infected. Information about the newest strategies...
Feb. 1, 2021.  February is recognized as Black History and American Heart month with both celebrations being closely connected.  We are grateful for the often over-looked contributions of African American pioneers to our society; especially in health, medicine, and science.  James Durham ("James Derham", 1762-1802) was born into slavery working for several...
Jan. 29, 2021.  Vaccines.   In just one year, scientists have done the previously unthinkable:  developed vaccines for a previously unknown virus.  While it's exciting to contemplate the long term impacts associated with beginning worldwide vaccination programs, it's important to remember that herculean endeavors of this scale require time, effort...

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