Dawn Murray, R.N.B.S.N.
Due to the physical limitations and ages of some of our children, increased susceptibility to infection is a very real concern. We work in such close contact and share common work and play equipment, so spread of infection or illness from one individual to another is common. Although we do make a sincere effort to regularly disinfect commonly used objects; the best protection from illness is to keep your child home when symptoms of illness are present. When you call the absentee line, please specify the nature of the illness.
Keep Your Child Home If...
- Has evidence of a newly developed cold/flu (runny, stuffy nose, persistent cough, sneezing). The greatest period of contagion is the first 2-3 days after onset of symptoms.
- Has an elevated temperature, over 100 (degrees) within the past 24 hours.
- Has an undiagnosed rash.
- Has a sore or discharging eye(s) or ear(s).
- Has had an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
- Has a contagious disease (i.e. strep throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, etc.) until he/she has been on medication at least 24 - 48 hours from the first dose.
If your child should develop any of these or other symptoms hindering the child's availability to learn during school hours, the school nurse will notify you and the child will be dismissed. Please keep your emergency contacts updated as they will be notified for a dismissal if you are not available. The child is expected to be picked up in a timely manner to reduce the spread of illness to other students and/or staff.
If your child has a communicable disease, please notify your child's teacher and school nurse. Before returning to school, your child will need to be checked by the school nurse or have a certificate from your doctor (contact the school nurse to see which is applicable).
Recommended Minimum Absence From School
7 days from appearance of first eruption, lesions crusted and fever free
24 - 48 hours after first dose of medicine and no fever of 100 (degrees) for past 24 hours
Doctor's certificate for re-entry
24 hours after medical treatment has begun - lesions must be covered in school
Note from doctor that treatment has begun and child may return to school
Note from doctor that child had been treated and may return to school
24 hours after medication begun, no drainage
24 - 48 hours after treatment has begun
If your child needs to take medication during the school day or has an inhaler or EpiPen please bring them to the health office with the three forms required by the State for medication administration in the school setting. The M.D. Order, Parent consent and the amended field trip permission slip forms can be on the District Health Forms page. The forms need to be updated at the beginning of each school year. Also for safety sake, please check the expiration dates on medications before bringing them to school. We will not be able to accept expired medications. All medications need to be in the original prescription bottle with current administration directions.
Massachusetts General Law CMR220.500 states that all students entering Pre-K, K, 1st, 4th, and 10th grade are required to submit a copy of their most recent physical exam and immunizations to the health office prior to the start of school. In addition kindergarten, 7th grade and 12th grade students need an immunization update. The physical exam must be dated within 12 months prior to the start of school. Please send in a copy of your child's most recent physical and immunization record.
The children go out to recess every day unless there is inclement weather. Please send your children prepared for the weather with appropriate outerwear, hats, mittens and footwear.
Preschool and school age children expend a great deal of energy throughout the day. Please remember to pack a healthy snack and lunch to help maintain your children's energy level and metabolism. Try selecting foods from at least three different groups. Mix a variety of dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains to balance out daily nutritional needs.
In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, over the school year, the nurse will be conducting state mandated health screenings in vision, hearing, height, weight and BMI. Parents will be confidentially notified of any findings that are not within state guidelines. If you do not want your child to participate in the state mandated health screenings please contact Dawn Murray R.N. in the Health Office at (781) 639-3190 ext. 1010.
Acceptable Foods for School Celebrations
Room Parents please use this list as a guide when planning school celebrations. When planning please refer to the list of classroom allergies and check with your classroom teacher about specific foods they would like for the celebration. All food must be store bought with a nutritional label and checked by the school nurse 48 hours prior to the event.
- Whole fruits (i.e.) apples, bananas, clementines, halos/fruits in season
- Store purchased cut up fruits and vegetables
- Stoneyfield Yokids squeezers/frozen
- Create your own smoothies using fresh/frozen fruits, yogurt, juice, ice in a blender
- Create veggie people from cut up vegetables
- Cheese and whole grain crackers (i.e.) triscuits
- Cheese sticks
- Mini whole wheat bagels/cream cheese
- Low sugar cereals (i.e.) Cheerios, Chex
- Steel cut oats in a crockpot
- 100% juice orange, cranberry, grape (i.e.) Honest Kids brand for juice boxes
- Create your own natural soda pop/mix orange or cranberry juice 1 part juice to 4 parts carbonated water/add slices of fresh orange (prepare in school)
- Whole frain english muffin pizza with cut up veggies (prepared in school)
- Hummus with cut up veggies* (check for sesame Tahini - some students w/ sesame allergy)
- White bean dip
- Skinnypop/Smartfood popcorn
- Pirates booty
- Snyder's pretzels/gluten free Snyder's pretzels
- Rice cakes
- Elan frozen yogurt
For more health information, please visit the District Health Services page.