Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wellness Wednesday!

As we plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, the following considerations are offered to help keep our friends, families, and community safe during COVID-19. If you host a holiday celebration, keep it small. If you are considering travel, be aware of Massachusetts travel orders. If you participate in a celebration, follow public health guidance.



Lower Risk Celebrations

·         Limit in-person holiday gatherings to only people you live with or limit to a small group of individuals with whom you are regularly in contact.

·         Keep visits short – gatherings that last longer pose more risk than short gatherings.

·         Host a virtual holiday dinner with extended family or friends, especially if they are at higher risk for illness from COVID-19.

·         Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.

Higher Risk Celebrations

If you plan to celebrate the holidays in person with people you don’t live with:

  • Wear your mask when not eating or drinking and watch your distance at all times.
  • Do not share food, drink, or any utensils.
  • Wear a mask while preparing or serving food to others who don’t live in your household.
  • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings.
  • Avoid any self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, potluck dishes, or drink stations.
  • Minimize contact with other people for 14 days before and after holiday gatherings, or obtain a negative result from a molecular (PCR) test within 72 hours of the celebration.
  • Arrange small seating tables in multiple rooms with plenty of spacing, instead of a large family table.
  • Improve ventilation by opening windows and doors.
  • Take extra precautions for those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with certain medical conditions

Avoid these activities:

  • Sharing food and drinks.
  • Shaking hands and hugging. Wave and verbally greet others instead.  
  • Singing, dancing, and shouting (increase your chances of catching COVID-19 through the air).
  • Shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving.

DO NOT host or participate in any in-person festivities if you or anyone in your household:

  • Has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Is awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults or those with medical conditions

Please reach out to your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns!
Sincerely,
The Health Services Team


Written by: Kathleen Torraco RN 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Check this out!

 This bulletin board is on display for all the students to see at Central Middle School! It helps students connect socially while still maintaining a physical distance. Thanks for sharing, Mrs. Catrambone! 


Monday, November 9, 2020

Check this out!

 Shout out to Ms. Flynn, school nurse at Broad Meadows Middle School! She made this super creative info sheet including tips for a healthy school year! It includes a reminder to stay a Gilbert (Mr. Gilbert - Principal is 6 feet tall) apart! 


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wellness Wednesday!

 All about masks! 



The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people, especially school. Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.

When wearing a mask, it is important to select one that has two or more layers to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Do not touch your mask when wearing it. If you must, make sure you wash your hands after. Make sure you wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and is secure under your chin. It should fit snugly against the sides of your face. Masks should be washed regularly in the laundry.



If you wear a gaiter, it must be two layers or folded over to make two layers to give you the best protection. At this time, only a face shield is not recommended as effectiveness is unknown. If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging. Masks with valves are also not recommended.

 

To take off your mask, carefully untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops. You should handle the mask by the ear loops or ties only. Fold the outside corners together. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your mask. Wash your hands immediately after removing the mask.

For more information, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Monday, November 2, 2020

Check this out!

Shout out to Mrs. Jordan, school nurse at Wollaston Elementary for creating this awesome bulletin board! This is on display for all students to see and be reminded how to wash their hands! 


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Tips for a safe and healthy Halloween!

 


The following suggestions are offered for families who want to participate in Halloween activities while limiting the risk of exposure to COVID-19. As a reminder, any Halloween activities are subject to the current state gathering size limits.

Lower Risk Activities:

·         Celebrate with members of your household with a Halloween-themed meal, Halloween movie night, or by preparing a Halloween scavenger hunt.

·         Hold virtual costume contests or pumpkin carving events.

·         Decorate your yard for others to enjoy from their car or while on a socially-distanced walk.

·         Enjoy Halloween outside rather than attending indoor events.

·         Wear a face mask or face covering.  

-  Do not use a costume mask as a substitute for a face mask or face covering. 

-  Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.  Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask. 

·         Carry hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.

·         Refrain from touching your face.

·         Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from people who are not members of your household.

Moderate Risk Activities:

·         Visiting pumpkin patches and orchards.

·         Having small group, outdoor costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart.

·         One-way trick-or-treating, with treats placed outside of the home for trick-or-treaters as a “grab and go” while keeping distance from others.

·         Placing candy on a platter instead of a bowl and leaving hand sanitizer out for trick-or-treaters to use.

AVOID Higher Risk Activities:

·         Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.

·         Attending crowded costume parties held indoors, or any gatherings that exceed gathering limits.

·         Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.

·         Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.






STAY HOME AND REFRAIN From Halloween Activities, Including Handing Out Halloween Treats, If:

·         You feel unwell

·         You have tested positive for COVID-19

·         You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

·         You have traveled to or from a state that is not classified as lower risk within the last 14 days. 

SWritten by: Kathleen Torraco, RN

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html



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Monday, October 26, 2020

Check this out!

This fun and inspiring bulletin board is on display at North Quincy High School for all students to see! Mrs. Houlihan did a great job reminding students just how great they are!