Nurse's Updates

Aug. 5, 2021.   Families are reminded to provide immunization and physical exam documents dated and signed by your child’s PCP (Primary Care Provider) from within the past year to help assure continuity of care while your child is in school.   All students entering grades K, 4, 7, 10, and 11 are required by MA Dept. of Public Health to have these forms filed with the...
Aug. 4, 2021.  We’re continuing to learn and may even be weary about COVID.  Because scientists must publish the bad and the ugly as well as the good; the learning at times is understandably challenging. It helps to focus on what we know and don’t yet know.  We know that viruses need a host animal to replicate.  We humans are the host and the means of COVID...
July 15, 2021.  "Rain, rain go away....".  We all know that increased rain brings more puddles, aka, incubators for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.  Ticks have also returned; thus this opportunity to review how to protect ourselves from most insect-borne diseases while we enjoy being outdoors.   Our friends at MA DPH tell is that there are simple steps that you...
July 14, 2021.   Re: Covid Vaccines, researchers at the CDC tell us: What We Know COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19. What We’re Still Learning How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data...
Youth Leadership Meeting
July 13, 2021.  Our friends at SPIFFY invite students ages 12+ to participate in the following Youth Leadership Community Conversation.  We invite parents/guardians to share this with your older students.
June 14, 2021:  The last day of the 2020-21 School Year for HPS...and what a school year it has been!  We’ve all learned a great deal about the world-wide impact of COVID, about the challenges faced by family and friends, and about ourselves.  While we were all learning from ongoing, evolving details about COVID management, the efforts and support from families...
June 9, 2021.  While we all have a lot to celebrate...especially during this pandemic year...our friends at the Western Mass. District Attorney's Office have developed a video that explains social host laws and encourages parents and caregivers to be mindful of parties that could get out of hand around this time of year.  We invite all parents and guardians to take a look:...
June 4, 2021. For next week’s anticipated heat wave, please prepare your students with the following: Send an extra water bottle primarily for PE and remind your student to bring this full water bottle to PE, recess, and any sports activities. If your student tends to have exercise-induced asthma, please assure that they have access to their inhaler.  Contact your building...
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....

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