If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health or any health and wellness issues, please feel free to contact the Health Office at (508) 999-1356, ext. 1108.
When should I keep my child home from school?
Your child’s well-being is important to us as well as the other students and faculty. Here are some quick guidelines for when to keep your child home sick from school:
- Fever over 99.0 degrees (return when fever free and unmedicated for 24 hours)
- Severe cough/cold
- Strep throat (return after treated with antibiotics for 24 hours)
- Pink eye (return after treated for 24 hours)
Important Health Topics
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children age 6 months and older receive a flu shot. Every year the flu is unpredictable, but the precautions to decrease exposure remain the same. Here are some recommendations by the CDC to prevent flu:
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
- Stay home when sick.
- Wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when you cough.
- Keep your hands away from your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Clean surfaces regularly.
There has been a lot of news regarding measles in the media recently. Here are some helpful resources to learn more:
- Measles – Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
- MMR Vaccine: What You Need To Know – American Academy of Pediatrics
When it’s cold outside, please send students to school with appropriate clothing. Recess is alway outside unless extreme conditions exist. Remember to label all clothing so it can be returned if it’s lost. If you have an extra pair of snow pants and boots, leave them at school to make it easier for the younger students.
Car Seat Safety
Here is a reminder of current car seat safety laws in Massachusetts:
- All children must ride in a federally approved child safety seat until they are at least 8 years old or over 57″ tall.
- Children older than 8 years old or taller than 57″ must wear safety belts.
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