School re-opening has gone well. It is so great to back to school and see the children!
Now that we are back to a "semi-normal" routine, here's some important information.
"When in Doubt- Keep them Out!" Unfortunately, this needs to be our new mantra for this year. If your child has any symptoms- runny nose, headaches, coughs (not related to allergies), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or any temp of 100 or greater, THEY SHOULD NOT COME TO SCHOOL!
If they come to me with any of those symptoms, they will be checked out by me, placed in the medical waiting room and you will be called to come and dismiss them. At that point, they would need to be evaluated by their PCP, to determine another cause of the illness, sent for a Covid19 test, OR remain out of school for 10 days. This is per district/ DPH/ CDC guideleines. A medical note from the doctor or a negative covid test result would be required to return to school.
Immunizations are still required for school entry, despite the pandemic situation.Students that have missing immunizations MUST have documentation of all state required vaccines submitted NO LATER than November 16, 2020.
The Commonwealth of MA has mandated that ALL children receive a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. Please send in documentation if your child has received a flu vaccine from their PCP, CVS, Target etc.
If you have a received a flu shot from one of the NAPS flu clinics, we have the documentation, so you don't need to worry!
NAPS have Flu Clinics set up for October 6 and 8, from 2:30-6:00PM at NAMS and on Thursday, October 15, 2:30-6:00PM at Community School. You can sign up on line @ naschools.net. These are FREE!
Lastly, as of right now, MA DPH has suspended all of the mandated screenings for hearing/vision, scoliosis and Growth.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns!
These are certainly trying times for everybody. Please refer to the District Home Page for Fall School Opening info. My page will be updated when school is getting ready to open.
I welcome everyone to Martin School and I am so excited to return. I look forward to seeing all of my established students and I'm looking forward to meeting all my new students too!
School will look different to everyone due to the Covid-19 restrictions, but I assure you that safety is always our top priority!
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Joanne MacDonald, RN NCSN
The information regarding precations to be taken to prevent Corona Virus changes daily. Please refer to the NA Schools website for the most up to date information.
Also, you can refer to the MA DPH website- mass/gov website with daily updates. NAPS confers daily with local officials to discuss town and school management during this time. You can also check out the CDC web site for up to date information.
Things that you can do include the following:
1. Don't panic- be informed of the ever changing information and respond accordingly.
2. Hand washing, HAND WASHING, HANDWASHING!!!!! It can't be over stated. Wash several times a day for 20 seconds (singing Happy Birthday twice). Do this especially before eating, after using the bathroom, after coming in from outdoors- whenver you can. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
3. Cover your cough and sneeze. Cough into your elbow and wash your hands ASAP.
4. Limit physical contact- avoid hand shaking- if someone is coughing/ sneezing etc., keep a 3-6 foot distance between you and them.
5. If you are sick- STAY HOME! see the Illness Guidelines!
6. Please report any illnesses to me- strep, flu, pneumonia etc.
7. If you have traveled out of the country, please let me know.
8. If you have questions- ASK- if I don't know, I'll help you to find the answers!
It's the most wonderful time of the year... or is it? Cold and flu season is here!!
It's still not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't gotten one yet and I highly recommend getting one.
Is it flu?- these symptoms usually come on fast and furious: headache, body aches, fatigue, weakness and cough. If you get a fever it can be high (102-104 is not unusual), but don't be fooled- sometines you don't get a fever. You generally feel SICK, like you don't want to move. If you have it diagnosed within the 48 hours of symptoms, you could be prescribed medication to reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Is it a cold? Runny nose, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion are the most common symptoms. You may get a low grade temp. Treat the symptoms. This could linger for a week to 10 days. If the symptoms worsen, contact your medical provider.
What can you do?
Wash your hands! Frequently!!!! Use soap and friction- this is the best way to prevent transmitting germs!
Cough etiquette is essential. Cough into your elbow and wash your hands!
Drink, drink, drink!!! Fluids are essential to keep the body hydrated and to flush out the germs.
Rest! Your body needs rest in order to heal.
Keep your distance! In the cold months people tend to cluster in small spaces and germs love to spread themselves out to many!
Be smart! Don't rush off the the doctor's office too early- it's not unusual to "catch something" there- all those people waiting to be seen are sick!
Make sure you follow the illness guidelines- the 24 hour rule for fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. We need to keep our Martin School population as healthy as we can!
Not sure what to do?? Call me ! I'm happy to discuss the best plan for you and your child.
Convenient MD Urgent Care in Plainville offers free Flu shots- just bring your insurance card. No appointment is needed. Their hours are 8:00AM-8:00PM 7 days a week. They also offer physicals for sports, camp and school. The charge is $20. Please see me if you have any questions or if you need any assistance.
We are all settling in to our routines now! Here's what's going on in hte health office...
*State mandated growth screenings have been done on all Grade 1 and Grade 4 students.
* We held a very successful Flu Clinic for NAPS students on October 7. If you weren't able to attend I highly advise that your child gets a flu shot. They can get them from their PCP or Anne Marie Fleming, our public health nurse has flu clinics at the town hall. Her number is 508-699-0104.
* We will be starting our hearing and vision screenings at Martin School shortly.
* Please send in any updates physicals for students in Grades 1 and 4!
There will be a Flu Clinic for any NAPS student that wants a flu vaccine on Monday, October 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at North Attleboro Middle School. Please bring your insurance card. Ann Marie Fleming will be there and will be able to immunize any adult and any other children not in our public schools.
Welcome to school! I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing summer! I have been busy reviewing new student records and getting everything ready for a new school year.
My first order of business is ensuring that all student immunizations are accounted for. The Commonwealth of MA gives me a very small window to ensure this. If your child does not have the proper documentation in a timely fashion your child will need to be excluded from school. In light of the recent measles outbreak, this is of outmost importance!
Any student new to the state must also a submit a copy of a physical exam that has been done within 6 months of entry into school.
Please note the illness guidelines- we take them very seriously!
If your child has any medical issues please don't hesitate to contact me. My door is always open!
Spring is fast approaching! Don't let Mother Nature fool you...illness is still here at Martin School. We are still seeng some cases of flu and strep as well as the GI bug. Please be vigilant with hand washing and don't forget about the illness guidelines!
I'm still searching for kindergarten and Grade 4 outstanding physicals that are owed. Letters are going out March 20 if I still need info from you. Check your child's back pack!!
Scoliosis screenings will be done for Grade 5 students the last week of March.
Please send in any vision/hearing referrals back to me ASAP.
If your child suffers from spring allergies, you may want to think abiout restarting their allergy medciations now. It is anticipated that it's going to be a tough season for allergies!
Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
Here's what's going on in the health office this month:
Hearing/Vision Screenings are just about completed. If your child has been referred to their PCP for either, please make sure you send back the completed referral so that I can update your child's health record.
Kindergarten and Grade 4 students- please send in an updated physical if you haven't done so already. These are state mandated!
Cold and flu season is upon us. Encourage your child to wash their hands frequently. Use proper cough etiquette. Drinks lots of water. If your child is ill- temp over 100, unable to manage secretions, vomiting/diarrhea- PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME! It's helpful for me to monitor illness outbreaks if I know if your child has had infectious illnesses such as strep throat etc.
Please help me keep the Martin School community healthy!
Dental hygienist visit for Grade 1 students in February.
Mobile Dentist coming to Martin School in March.
The health office has been extremely busy these past few weeks. Most of our hearing and vision screenings have been done. Hearing rechecks are hopefully going to be done prior to the holiday break. If your child fails either the hearing or vision screening, please contact your provider to have them evaluated. Please make sure you let me know what the findings are so that I can update your child's health record. Thanks so much for your cooperation!
I'm still looking for any outstanding Kindergarten and Grade 4 physicals. Please send them in as soon as you can. There are several kindergarten students that still need to show proof of lead testing. This is a state requirement.
The illness season is upon us. It's not too late for a flu shot if you are your children haven't gotten one. Please encourage frequent hand washing and proper cough etiquette. We strictly adhere to the illness guidelines policy. We want your children in school, but if they are ill, they need to stay home. If you are unsure if you should send them or not- call me!
Upcoming events- dental program for grade 1 students in February
Mobile Dentist at Martin school in March
Stay tuned for further info!
Happy Holidays to all!
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