• Ebola Information

    Posted by J. Aubin on 10/21/2014 12:37:51 PM

    MA DPH guidelines
    If a school has children arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, the school nurse should monitor these children twice daily for elevated temperatures.  (There have been few pediatric cases in Africa because children are segregated from people who are sick).  A more likely scenario is a parent returning from the involved countries as a visitor or aid worker.  If they develop Ebola, MDPH HSLI would be involved and monitoring children as contacts.  Those children are likely to be quarantined at home (we do have to figure out how to maintain education).  So, the two scenarios that might involve the schools are travel of children (very unlikely) and an adult family member travel (more likely).  Specific guidance for colleges and universities was issued because they were getting returning students and faculty from the involved countries at the beginning of the semester, but not now.
    There is now information on our web site, and a wealth of information on the CDC web site that actually has all the information that the school nurses need, just not specifically addressed to them.  The basics are awareness of the situation, and the fact that asymptomatic people incubating Ebola are not infectious, people with Ebola who are infectious are sick and febrile, and cannot have Ebola unless you have been directly exposed to an infectious Ebola case within the previous 21 days.
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  • Mother Daughter tea

    Posted by J. Aubin on 6/13/2014 12:33:08 PM


                Letters were sent to parents of fourth grade girls inviting them to attend. We held it on a Thursday afternoon after school. We asked for donations of snacks and provided tea and punch. If the parent called because they could not attend we discussed with them what our agenda was and made the booklets and samples available to them

               After a brief introduction  we split the group up. The moms went with the Nurse leader to discuss the sequence of change that usually occurs in this age group. Discussion regarding parental responsibility with technology and the need for open lines of communication were stressed. Resources were requested and are listed at the bottom of this blog.

    The fourth grade girls remained with the nurses. Both groups talked about the changes in a general way and then asked for specific questions. We talked about hair and face care, nail care, use of deodorants, shaving and nutrition.

    When the Moms came back we served snacks and had more time for questions and answers.

    We have 6 elementary schools and one middle school. About 60 students or almost half of the fourth grade girls attended. This discussion served as an additional way for not only students but also parents to meet. The African adage “It takes a village to raise a child” is well served if the villagers know each other. The program was well received.

    Books that we have used or that other parents felt were helpful:

    The Period Book by Karen Gravelle and Jennifer Gravelle

    Ready Set, Grow by Lynda Madera

    What's Happening to Me by Lynda Madera

    The Body Book- an Amercian Girl book

    The Care and Keeping of You  by Valerie Schaefer ( two books Book 1 gearded for younger girls and Book 2 for older girls)

    As always your school nurse is available if you have additional concerns or questions!

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  • Welcome Spring and sneezing!

    Posted by J. Aubin on 4/4/2014 10:15:58 AM


    With spring comes flowers and an increase in seasonal allergies. If your child uses any medication to manage watery eyes, sneezing please contact your school nurse to develop a plan should your child have symptoms at school.

    Important dates: Fifth grade parent Preview of Hygiene program: April 15th 7 pm at the Community School Auditorium. You can also view the video online-   http://www.pgschoolprograms.com/puberty/  

    Scroll down to the educators’ materials and choose the appropriate video-they are identified as boy girl or co-ed. We do not use the co-ed version.

    National Walk to school Day May 7th. Parent volunteers welcome!

    Mock Party Play- a program for Freshmen and Sophomores- watch for more information regarding this play in May

    Gardens- things are going to bloom at Martin school and the Middle school. Hope to expand this program to other elementary schools with parent assitance!

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  • Healthy Future update

    Posted by J. Aubin on 1/30/2014 8:52:28 AM


    Community coalition meeting

    Breakfast at school:Martin is ready to move forward as a pilot school doing breakfast at school.  We have supervision in place and would like to start the program as soon as possible.Once the pilot program is underway we will look at options to assist Community in bringing the program

    Walk to School Day May 7- Elementary students are invited to walk to school as

    part of interenational walk to school day. To ensure safe conditions parents, staff, students from the High school as well as the Police and Y staff will walk with the students. Watch for more information from your school!

    School Gardens Team Green- a Middle school initiative created by Bob Collins, History teacher, is expanding the school garden program to include elementary schools. Still in the planning stage we hope to engage 3 elementary schools in participating in vegetable gardens.

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  • Monthly blog Health in the news-

    Posted by J. Aubin on 11/15/2013 2:20:23 PM

    Current health news from local state and national resouces

    Need help and don't know where to turn?

    Mass 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and  human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources.
            Always a confidential call, Mass 2-1-1- maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource  for life and death emergencies. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is an easy way to find or give help in
            your community. Mass 2-1-1 responds immediately during times of   crisis, to field calls regarding the crisis and to direct  callers to services most appropriate for their needs.
            If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number  is available: 1-877-211-MASS (6277); Hearing Impaired: 508-370-4890 TTY

    FREE, MULTILINGUAL, CONFIDENTIAL

    Food, Shleter, Rental assistance, Utility Assistance,Counseling, Child care, After school programs, Senior assistance, Disaster relief and much more.

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