Nurse's Updates

Dec. 1, 2020:  World AIDS Day.  Nearly 40 years ago, what is now known as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was first identified.   The number of cases and deaths among persons with AIDS increased rapidly during the 1980s followed by substantial declines in new cases and deaths in the late 1990s (CDC)....
Nov. 23, 2020.  The DESE protocols been updated to reflect the recent change in DPH quarantining protocols for close contacts: In this new guidance, a close contact must remain quarantined for: At least 14 days from the date of last exposure; or (new) At least 10 days, provided all of the following are satisfied: You have not had, and do not have, any symptoms...
Nov. 21, 2020.  Officer Luna, the kindly comfort dog from the Hatfield Police Department tells us that she continues to be ready to fulfill her mission:  to protect and to serve the students of Hatfield Public Schools with her unique canine stress management skills.  During this temporary hiatus from in-person learning, Its paws-ible to schedule an appointment with Luna...
Recent pharmaceutical company announcements indicating remarkable vaccine development  have given everyone hope for the future.  The following primer supplements the recently posted  NAP Covid Update to help our understanding of what we can all do in the meantime... What does “proper time” for getting tested mean?  When one person is exposed to this (or any) virus, the...
Nov. 14, 2020.  From our friends at Northampton Area Pediatrics...here's a very helpful summary of managing covid-like symptoms: NAP Covid-19 Update Nov 13th 2020 We would like to update everyone on the most recent new developments regarding Covid-19 in our area and at NAP. We are seeing more cases of infection, but we are all very hopeful that this “wave” will not result in as many...
Nov. 6, 2020.  Thank you everyone for taking time during your busy mornings to complete the Daily Symptom Report Form on days your student is attending in-person learning. Here are some helpful hints shared by parents: 1.  Keep a spare thermometer in the car (along with extra face masks, etc), check your child's temp, and complete your report.  *Note* this is not...
Nov. 5, 2020.  The anticipated surge in Covid cases is now beginning here in Massachusetts.  Because of this, Governor Baker recently issued an updated Executive Order stressing safety measures to slow the spread of the virus.  Face coverings are now mandated for everyone over the age of five both indoors and outdoors in certain situations.  Gathering size has...
Oct. 29, 2020. For some families, Halloween can be an annual fun celebration of costumes, decorations, and pumpkins.   It’s helpful for our children (and us!) to continue these types of traditions while following important safety guidelines: Model and have your children practice the “3 W’s”  - Wear a face mask, Wash our hands (often), Watch to be Physically Distant (at least 6...
Oct. 23, 2020.   The Hatfield School Community and the Town of Hatfield as a whole have gone above and beyond to open the schools during this challenging Covid 19 pandemic.  Among other things... In the summer, the Town of Hatfield arranged the purchase of a large amount of PPEs and other cleaning supplies; and also supported significant facility upgrades thanks to Federal CARES Act...
Oct. 13, 2020.  Families who plan to travel this school year are asked to check the  Mass.gov Travel Orders Site often to assure that updated safety measures are being followed.  At this time, individuals who visit higher risk states need to complete the MA Travel Form, produce results of a negative Covid 19 test (completed < 72 hours prior to arrival), and...

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