Category Archives: From the School Nurse

November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month
Become familiar with the warning signs of diabetes. Knowledge is an important weapon against this disease and its complications.

Warning Signs of Type 1 Diabetes
These symptoms can occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention. 

  • Excessive thirst 
  • Frequent urination sometimes exhibited by bedwetting (in large quantities)
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss even though eating and feeling hungry
  • Sweet, fruity odor on breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue 
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Irritability/mood changes
  • Rapid, heavy breathing
  • Confusion, Stupor
  • Unconsciousness

Many of these symptoms can be related to illnesses that are not associated with diabetes. This should be discussed with a health care provider. 

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.  Different factors, including genetics and some viruses, may contribute to type 1 diabetes. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults. Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet and lifestyle to prevent complications.

Jordan Weiss, a nine-year old from Newton, Massachusetts, passed away in 2003 from complications related to undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes. To honor Jordan’s memory, the JBW Fund was established by his family to foster awareness and education of the warning signs of diabetes.  Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes the signs are subtle, limited and attributed to another illness. The latter was the case for Jordan.

Familiarizing yourself with the warning signs could help save a life. For more information, talk to your school nurse or visit:
www.cdc.gov/diabetes  
www.jdrf.org
www.joslin.org
www.diabetes.org
www.beyondtype1.org

10/24 Flu Clinic: Volunteers Needed

We are looking for 3 volunteers to help with the flu clinic on Thursday, October 24th from 8:20-10:00am, at the latest. 

The clinic starts at 8:20am on Thursday October 24th, and usually goes until no later than 10am. The volunteer would be given a list of names and room number (and school map), and collect students signed up for the clinic from their classrooms and then walk them back. It really helps keep the flow of the clinic going and pretty much makes the whole thing possible. I can answer any questions anyone considering volunteering may have. I can be reached at617-559-6755 or email: salamehd@newton.k12.ma.us.

Any help offered would be greatly appreciated!
Nurse Deana

Zervas 10/24 Flu Shot Clinic: Forms Are Due Today!

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at all Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Zervas School clinic will be on Thursday, October 24th. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms: 

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form. 

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at www.newtonma.gov/flu. You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse TODAY, Tuesday, Oct. 22nd.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at www.newtonma.gov/flu or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit www.newtonma.gov/flu.

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick. 

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: www.newtonma.gov/flu and www.cdc.gov/flu

Newton School Health Department: School Health October Newsletter

School Health October Newsletter

Did your child walk or roll to school this month? Or take the bus to help reduce the car congestion around our school? If so, thank you for supporting National Walk to School Day this month.

If not, there’s still time to make a healthy change this month or next in how your child gets to and from school.

Walking or rolling (biking, scootering, etc.) to school increases your child’s opportunity for physical activity. At least 60 minutes of physical activity per day is recommended for children. Incorporating physical activity into your usual school routine is a great way to become more active. People who are physically active live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. 

If you do drive, consider parking a bit away from the school and walking the rest of the way. Students who walk and bike to school arrive awake and alert, with better focus and concentration, which can improve academic performance. 

And a heads up for drivers who do queue at school: new “No Idling” signs are making their way to schools throughout Newton. These are a great reminder to turn off your car while waiting to drop off or pick up your student. Turning off your car improves air quality for everyone around you and reduces pollutants that can be particularly harmful for our students with asthma.

Even seemingly small changes like walking a few extra times per month or turning off a vehicle for a few minutes can make a big difference over time.

For more walk to school ideas, visit https://www.cdc.gov/policy/hst/hi5/saferoutes/index.html

Zervas Flu Shot Clinic: Thursday, October 24th

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at all Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Zervas School clinic will be on Thursday, October 24th. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms: 

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form. 

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at www.newtonma.gov/flu. You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse Tuesday Oct. 22nd.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at www.newtonma.gov/flu or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit www.newtonma.gov/flu.

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick. 

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: www.newtonma.gov/flu and www.cdc.gov/flu

Zervas Flu Shot Clinic: Thursday, October 24th

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at all Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Zervas School clinic will be on Thursday, October 24th. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms: 

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form. 

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at www.newtonma.gov/flu. You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse Tuesday Oct. 22nd.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at www.newtonma.gov/flu or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit www.newtonma.gov/flu.

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick. 

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: www.newtonma.gov/flu and www.cdc.gov/flu

Zervas Flu Shot Clinic: Thursday, October 24th

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at all Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Zervas School clinic will be on Thursday, October 24th. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms: 

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form. 

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at www.newtonma.gov/flu. You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse Tuesday Oct. 22nd.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at www.newtonma.gov/flu or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit www.newtonma.gov/flu.

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick. 

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: www.newtonma.gov/flu and www.cdc.gov/flu

Zervas Flu Shot Clinic: Thursday, October 24th

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at all Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Zervas School clinic will be on Thursday, October 24th. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms: 

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form. 

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at www.newtonma.gov/flu. You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse Tuesday Oct. 22nd.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at www.newtonma.gov/flu or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit www.newtonma.gov/flu.

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick. 

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: www.newtonma.gov/flu and www.cdc.gov/flu

Zervas Flu Shot Clinic: Thursday, October 24th

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at all Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Zervas School clinic will be on Thursday, October 24th. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms: 

  1. Consent/Screening form
  2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form. 

Forms are available in the school nurse’s office, or may be downloaded at www.newtonma.gov/flu. You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return. Forms are due to the School Nurse Tuesday Oct. 22nd.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at www.newtonma.gov/flu or in the school nurse’s office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit www.newtonma.gov/flu.

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick. 

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: www.newtonma.gov/flu and www.cdc.gov/flu

Medication at School

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 22. 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! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 22 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 your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at  www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth