Nurse's Updates

June 3, 2021.  As we wrap up this challenging year and a half, it's apparent that the pandemic has negatively impacted dimensions of our health including emotional and spiritual health in addition to physical and social health. On the one hand, many of us thankfully were able to maintain social connections during the various lockdown phases by using technology....
May 22, 2021.  Based on the May 17 DESE easing of requirements, the HPS School Committee has updated school policies to allow students to de-mask when participating in outdoor school activities even when physical distancing cannot be maintained except when participating in music or singing.  Adults must continue wearing masks when outdoors if distancing is not feasible....
May 18, 2021.   In consideration of the recent CDC announcement allowing fully vaccinated individuals to un-mask in certain circumstances, please note that Hatfield Public Schools will be reviewing the current district policy  (EBC:  Interim Policies on Covid-related Issues) at this time.  The current policy includes having individuals wear a face covering...
May 10 (updated May 11 -13).  The FDA and CDC have approved emergency use authorization of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid 19 Vaccine for children as young as age 12 in upcoming days.  Northampton Area Pediatrics has partnered with the Northampton Health Department to immediately schedule offer vaccination appointments for eliigible children.  Visit the NHD site at...
From the Organization that brought you Waterpalooza .... WALK-A-PALOOZA FOR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK:  MAY 8&9 WALK Take a walk around the scenic 2 mile "Loop" in Hatfield      Read our mental health signs           Leave us a message in sidewalk chalk             ...
May 6, 2021.  May 6-12, 2021 is National Nurses Week.  We recognize, applaud, and thank all of our fellow nurses:  CNAs, LPNs, RNs, and NPs for their exemplary work, especially during this past pandemic year (2020 was previously designated by the World Health Organization as the "Year of the Nurse and the Midwife").    We also pause and mourn the loss of...
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...

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