Nurse's Updates

Feb. 2, 2021.  The NY Times (Siobhan Roberts, Published Dec. 5, 2020 / Updated Dec. 7, 2020) illustration using James Reason's "Swiss Cheese Model" nicely explains that utilizing only one public health measure has "holes".  However, consistently layering several "slices" of cheese greatly reduces our risk for becoming infected. Information about the newest strategies...
Feb. 1, 2021.  February is recognized as Black History and American Heart month with both celebrations being closely connected.  We are grateful for the often over-looked contributions of African American pioneers to our society; especially in health, medicine, and science.  James Durham ("James Derham", 1762-1802) was born into slavery working for several...
Jan. 29, 2021.  Vaccines.   In just one year, scientists have done the previously unthinkable:  developed vaccines for a previously unknown virus.  While it's exciting to contemplate the long term impacts associated with beginning worldwide vaccination programs, it's important to remember that herculean endeavors of this scale require time, effort...
Jan. 20, 2021.  Please see excerpts from a recent Northampton Area Pediatrics post that re-emphasizes the importance of continuing to follow public health measures while waiting for the vaccine:   masking, distancing, handwashing, avoiding gatherings, etc to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid illness: COVID-19 - Looking...
Jan. 15, 2021.  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...
Jan. 15, 2021.  There are many resources for helping children cope with tragic events that are often broadcast as they are happening on our TVs and devices.   Even though these disturbing events are news-worthy, watching and re-watching these events can add significantly to our stress.  Research has shown that viewing violent news stories can cause PTSD-like symptoms...
Jan. 8, 2021.  Dear Parents/Guardians: A key piece of providing in-person instruction for priority students has been communications from families to assure that all students who participate in "in-person" learning are well enough to be in school each day.  This updated 2021 Symptom Report Form includes questions about travel in keeping with recent district travel...
When a student recently mentioned his cat, “Pandora”, it reminded us of the Greek stories about Pandora.  In one version, the mythological Pandora is curious (like a cat) about a box in her care, opens the box lid, and unintentionally releases afflictions and misfortunes upon the world.  After slamming down the lid, she discovers one thing remaining:  hope. Hope is a gift we can...
Parents/guardians of priority students are reminded to check for symptoms and to complete daily symptom report prior to having your students report to school on each in-person learning day.  To help expedite this and to reflect up-to-date district travel guidelines, a new version of the Daily Symptom Report:  Streamlined is available.   While we recognize the risks...
Dec. 4, 2020.  To help minimize significant respiratory illness this winter, it's important to get our 'Flu shot.  Annual Influenza vaccines have been shown to prevent or greatly decrease symptoms, limit the spread of the 'flu viruses, and reduce the need for hospitalization for those at risk.  As a reminder, all students in Massachusetts are required to be...

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