Nurse's Updates

3/20/23.  For those of you who tried to enroll in the Jan. Dept of Justice Workshop, please note the following: SAVE THE DATE! The United States Attorney’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation will be presenting Keeping Kids Safe & Secure Online: A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Parents Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 pm. This presentation is invitation only for those...
March 16. 2023.  Three years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent.  At this time, we first remember the family members and friends of the HPS community who died, we recognize those who grieve this loss, and support those who struggle with managing Long Covid symptoms.   Based on current trends, the US Dept. of Health & Human Services and the...
Mar. 13.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would like to invite you to attend a virtual training for parents and caregivers on children’s mental health from 6:00-7:15 pm EST on Wednesday, March 22.   The training aims...
March 4, 2023.  In March 2020, the federal government declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic including protections for preserving MassHealth benefits.   As we transition from the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, these benefits are now ending.  MassHealth will soon return to the standard annual eligibility renewal process. In the coming year,...
Feb. 23, 2023.  47 years ago, then-President Ford declared February to be "Black History Month" continuing the decades-long expansion of efforts to recognize and celebrate the achievements of African Americans with the ultimate goal of incorporating the stories of African Americans and all BIPOC persons into the fabric of US history all year long. Developing a more complete...
Feb. 3, 2023:  National Go Red for Women Day:  the kickoff to Heart Month; the annual reminders for all of us to "take steps" to take care of ourselves and take steps to have at least one family member learn CPR.   Here's the Jan. 9 District Website Post with info about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, CPR, and steps in place here at HPS to help students and...
Jan. 30, 2023.  Our friends at HEADS Up have posted this important message for families: HEADS Up deplores the escalation in violence here in our country, including the recent shooting at Holyoke Mall. The stress of seeing or being near violent events can be overwhelming for any of us.  If a member of your family, workplace, or community is showing any signs of trauma, we urge...
Jan. 10, 2023.  Our friends at the WMA District Attorney's Office invite all parents to the following virtual event: (Jan. 13 Note:  The US DOJ Jan. 18 event may be full.  Additional events will be offered in upcoming months).   The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting a virtual Internet safety presentation for parents the evening of Wednesday, January 18th from...
Jan. 9, 2023.  Last week's sudden collapse of Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin was a frightening reminder that Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen at anytime; including at a nationally-televised football game witnessed by millions of viewers.  We are all grateful to his family for allowing each of us to follow his daily progress and to help us learn more about what each of...
Jan. 6, 2023.  Here’s a family refresher on the latest MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education / Dept. of Public Health (DPH)  isolation and exposure guidance on COVID-19 for return to school and other public activities  If a student tests positive:  Children and staff who test positive must isolate for at least 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are...

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