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! 


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