Measles Resources

There has been a lot of news regarding measles in the media recently. Here are some resources that will be helpful to learn more:

https://www.cdc.gov/measles/

https://www.healthychildren.org/english/safety-prevention/immunizations/pages/Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Vaccines-What-You-Need-to-Know.as

If you have any questions or concerns regarding measles please feel free to contact the Health Office.

When should I keep my child home from school?

It seems like everyone has a sniffle, cold, cough, etc this time a year-it is hard to avoid! Here is a quick guideline for when to keep your child home from school:

  • fever-over 99.0 degrees (return when fever free unmedicated for 24 hours)
  • diarrhea
  • severe cough/cold
  • strep throat -treated with antibiotics for 24 hours
  • pink eye-treated for 24 hours

Your child’s well being is very important to us as well as the other students and faculty. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

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Car Seat Safety

What are the Car Seat Safety Laws in MA? It seems like it is always changing so here is a reminder of current policy:

  • Children must ride in federally approved child safety seats until they are at least 8 years old or over 57 in tall.
  • Children older than 8 years old or taller than 57 in tall must wear safety belts.

For more information please visit:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/frequently-asked-questions-about-car-seats

https://www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts/safety-laws.php#What-are-the-MA-Child-Car-Seat-Laws

Baby it’s Cold Outside!

The weather is heading into colder temperatures so please send students to school with appropriate clothing. Recess is alway outside unless extreme conditions exist. Remember to label all clothing so if it is lost it can be returned to the rightful owner. If you have an extra pair of snow pants and boots to leave at school it makes it easier for the younger students. Stay warm!


Recalls

How do you stay in touch with recalls on food and drugs? Use this link to sign up for notifications on recalls, medwatch safety alerts, outbreaks, and so much more:

https://www.fda.gov/default.htm


Flu Season is Here

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all children ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot. Every year the flu is very unpredictable but the precautions to decrease exposure remain the same.

Here are some recommendations by the CDC:

  • Encourage students, parents, and staff to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when sick.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette among students-frequent handwashing and to cover the cough
  • Encourage students and staff to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Encourage routine surface cleaning

Please go to www.cdc.gov for more information