Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 26. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Unless you have contacted the school nurse, medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by a parent. School nurses will not be available after June 26 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for the school nurse. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are available online at  http://newtonma.gov/gov/health/school.asp

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Available: The results of the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) administered to Newton middle and high school students every two years since 1998 are now available. The survey is largely based on a similar survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Questions on the anonymous and confidential survey focused on issues such as substance abuse, violence and safety, as well as physical and mental health. Highlights of this year’s survey include a continued decline in tobacco use among Newton youth, a decrease in bullying, but a slight increase in alcohol use and in reports of students who are worried about school, social and appearance issues. For more information about the survey, how it is administered, how the data can be interpreted, and a summary of the results, visit the Health and Human Services Department website at www.newtonma.gov.

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Newton residents were diagnosed with both Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus last year. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. Both the flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at www.newtonma.gov/flu by mid-September, in preparation for the October/November clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu clinic date for Zervas school will be Tuesday, October 22. Forms (available mid-Sept.) will be due to the school nurse on a date to be announced in the Fall. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

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