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On Monday, February 6 from 5:30 PM to 8:00PM, Newton South High School, will host the Annual Teen Summer Program Expo. The event is FREE, open to the public and will be held in the cafeteria.
Find the perfect summer experience for middle and high school students. Meet directors of more than 60 enriching summer and gap year programs in the U.S. & abroad. Programs for every budget and every interest include academic, adventure, teen tours, community service, internships, sport instruction, language immersion, arts/theatre/music, STEM and college prep programs. Efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, safety, & supervision. For a list of programs attending go to www.TeenSummerExpos.com. For more information contact Laura@TeenSummerExpos.com Snow date: Tuesday, February 7.
Next week I will begin to perform my state mandated postural screenings. Emails will be sent notifying you of the scheduled week of your students screening. I will start with grade 6. If you choose not to have your child participate in the Postural Screening Program, please notify me and then submit documentation of postural screening by your child’s health care provider.
Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. c.71, s.57) require that all public school students in grades five through nine be screened annually for the early detection of spinal problems. This is not a diagnostic service but a screening program to identify children who should have further medical evaluation.
The screening consists of observations of the student’s back when standing and bending forward and will be done by a school nurse or Physical Education, Health and Wellness teacher. Boys and girls are screened separately and privately. The results are recorded in the confidential school health record. If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to have your child seen by a health care provider.
Students are asked to remove their shirts. Girls should wear a bra or halter top to permit more accurate observation of the back. If students do not have the type of clothing that permits observation of the back or refuse screening, they will not be screened and a notice will be sent to parents/guardians that screening was not done. Follow up should be with the student’s health care provider with documentation submitted to the school nurse.
If you choose not to have your child participate in the Postural Screening Program, please notify the school nurse and submit documentation of postural screening by your child’s health care provider.
Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions about postural screening.
Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN, Oak Hill Middle School
130 Wheeler Rd,Newton, MA 02459
Health Office 617-559-9215
January 2017 – School Health Newsletter
Coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, oh my! Winter illness is abounding, as is often the case during the colder months.
Here are some Stay Healthy Tips:
Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.
- Wash your hands often — when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue
- Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ok to use when your hands aren’t visibly dirty, but hand washing is preferable
- Make it fun with kids – sing a song and model thoroughly soaping up!
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea — “the stomach bug” – are often transmitted via a fecal/oral route, meaning virus is shed in the stool, gets on hands, and then enters the body through the mouth. Thorough hand washing after using the bathroom helps prevent this type of illness.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands – use a tissue or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
If your child unfortunately does get sick, please follow the illness policy. A student will be excluded from school if he/she has:
- A fever of 100 or greater in the past 24 hours
- A communicable disease diagnosis
- A cold in the active stages – coughing, sneezing, nasal drainage
- A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
- Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
- Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medication
- An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption
Nurses monitor illness patterns so please contact the school nurse:
- If you are uncertain if your child should come to school
- To report illness when keeping your child home
Adapted from cdc.gov/handwashing
Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN
Oak Hill Middle School
130 Wheeler Rd
Newton, MA 02459
Health Office 617-559-9215 / Fax 617-552-5547