Thursday, February 18, 2021

Grades 1 - 3 

Welcome Back to In-Person Learning

We are excited to welcome back our in-person students in grades 1-3, 5 days/week when we return from the February vacation! A few things you should consider in getting ready for school:

1.     Masks - your student will need more masks.  Please obtain a few more masks as we expect children to be wearing a clean mask to school each day.

2.     Water bottle - please make sure your student has a water bottle, labelled with their name, in order to stay hydrated while at school.

3.     Symptom List - please continue to check your child for symptoms daily. COVID-19 symptoms present like a cold in children. If your child displays any symptoms and you think its “just a cold” you should keep your child home, call your PCP and notify your school.

4.     Physical Exam Reports Grade K and 4 - physical exam reports are due. We are required by Massachusetts to have a recent (within the last year) physical exam report from your PCP/ doctor on file for all students in grade K and 4. If you were notified earlier this month that we are missing this report please submit it, or a confirmation of a scheduled appointment date with your doctor when we return.

5.     Thank you to everyone who is part of our school community- administration, staff, students, and parents. Working together, masking, distancing, frequent handwashing and following travel guidelines while enjoying time away will allow us to return to 5 days, in person learning as safely as possible.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

 HONORING PIONEERS AND LEADERS IN NURSING DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH


It is well understood that children seeing role models who look like them gives them confidence to follow in their footsteps. This was made very clear after the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the poetry reading by youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman when girls all over the country shared their feelings about feeling inspired, included, and more visible. As we celebrate Black History Month in our schools, the nurses welcome the opportunity to honor the diverse women who have contributed to the nursing profession in America. Our hope is that every child we interact with will follow their dream and be inspired by amazing nurses such as Sojourner Truth, Susie King Taylor, Betty Smith Williams, Mary Eliza Mahoney and Harriet Tubman.  

These amazing women’s stories can be found at the following link if families want to share them at home:  https://nurse.org/articles/black-history-month-nursing-leaders/





Friday, January 15, 2021

MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19.   Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.  

DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.  01/15/2021

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Guidelines

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has adopted the latest CDC quarantine guidelines for close contacts (not positive cases) that include: 


Click here for MDPH Information and Guidance for Persons in Quarantine 

due to COVID-19.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Wellness Wednesday!

 COVID-19: Close Contacts

As numbers of COVID-19 cases increase across the state, the chances of knowing someone with the virus has gone up. If your child had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please let your school nurse know as soon as possible.

What does it mean to be a close contact?
The CDC defines a close contact as someone who spent a total of 15 minutes (over the course of 24 hours) within 6 feet of each other during the contagious period.
Contagious period: Two days before the person started to feel sick or two days before a person without symptoms was tested.
What is required of a close contact?
Close contacts need to quarantine, stay home without visitors, for 14 days after last contact with the infected person. If you live with someone, you continue to have close contact with the infected person. Therefore, household contacts stay home/quarantine during the illness period (usually 10 days) and THEN another 14 days.
A close contact should get tested (PCR or NAAT) as soon as possible. This is done to determine if other people/close contacts in our community need to quarantine as your close contacts—which slows the spread of this disease. 

Please continue reviewing any sick symptoms with your child daily prior to sending him/her to school. THANK YOU!

Written by: Christine Flynn RN 

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!