Nurse's Updates

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...
Nov. 14, 2020.  From our friends at Northampton Area Pediatrics...here's a very helpful summary of managing covid-like symptoms: NAP Covid-19 Update Nov 13th 2020 We would like to update everyone on the most recent new developments regarding Covid-19 in our area and at NAP. We are seeing more cases of infection, but we are all very hopeful that this “wave” will not result in as many...
Nov. 6, 2020.  Thank you everyone for taking time during your busy mornings to complete the Daily Symptom Report Form on days your student is attending in-person learning. Here are some helpful hints shared by parents: 1.  Keep a spare thermometer in the car (along with extra face masks, etc), check your child's temp, and complete your report.  *Note* this is not...
Nov. 5, 2020.  The anticipated surge in Covid cases is now beginning here in Massachusetts.  Because of this, Governor Baker recently issued an updated Executive Order stressing safety measures to slow the spread of the virus.  Face coverings are now mandated for everyone over the age of five both indoors and outdoors in certain situations.  Gathering size has...
Oct. 29, 2020. For some families, Halloween can be an annual fun celebration of costumes, decorations, and pumpkins.   It’s helpful for our children (and us!) to continue these types of traditions while following important safety guidelines: Model and have your children practice the “3 W’s”  - Wear a face mask, Wash our hands (often), Watch to be Physically Distant (at least 6...
Oct. 23, 2020.   The Hatfield School Community and the Town of Hatfield as a whole have gone above and beyond to open the schools during this challenging Covid 19 pandemic.  Among other things... In the summer, the Town of Hatfield arranged the purchase of a large amount of PPEs and other cleaning supplies; and also supported significant facility upgrades thanks to Federal CARES Act...
Oct. 13, 2020.  Families who plan to travel this school year are asked to check the  Mass.gov Travel Orders Site often to assure that updated safety measures are being followed.  At this time, individuals who visit higher risk states need to complete the MA Travel Form, produce results of a negative Covid 19 test (completed < 72 hours prior to arrival), and...
Oct. 8, 2020.  Many parents and guardians have been completing the Daily Symptom Report Form when their student is coming to the school building on a regular basis:  thank you!  We ask that all parents please take the time to check that their children do not have any of the symptoms listed, answer the 3 questions, and submit this form to us each morning.  If you...
Oct. 6, 2020.  "Now is the time for..." all families to fight the 'flu!  Because symptoms associated with the 'Flu, the "Common Cold", and Covid illness are similar, the MA Dept. of Public Health requires all students and younger children (ages 6 months - 30 years) to get a flu vaccine before Dec. 31, 2020:  MA DPH Flu Vaccine Requirement.  If you choose to have your...
Oct. 5, 2020.   COVID 19, the "Common Cold", and the 'Flu all have similar symptoms.  Because of this, MA Dept. of Public Health Guidelines state that parents/guardians of students who develop new symptoms need to do the following: Keep student home & temporarily switch to remote Contact Health Care Provider for an evaluation for possible COVID testing Notify your...

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