Category Archives: From the School Nurse

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

Summer Food for Students

Backpacks filled with a few meal’s worth of nonperishable items will be available this summer for students at locations throughout Newton. The program – a collaboration between the Church of the Redeemer’s FUEL program and the city is an effort to bridge the food gap for students who may rely on school breakfast and lunch during the year. Backpacks may include bread, peanut butter, canned fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. Nut-free bags can be requested. The locations include: Health and Human Services Department, Church of the Redeemer, West Suburban YMCA, The Boys & Girls Club, Crystal Lake, Gath Pool, Newton Free Library, and many more!

 

What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Be a part of the solution to the opioid epidemic. Misuse of prescription drugs is a common way for teens and adults to start down the road of addiction. The most typical place young people get access to prescription drugs is their home medicine cabinet. A few simple steps taken by adults can have a significant impact. Immediately and safely dispose of unused medication. Two Newton locations are available year-round: the Newton Police Station and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Here are additional tips, and specific addresses and resources.

Smartphones and Kids

Thinking of getting your student a smartphone this summer? The letter below (and PDF here) targeted to elementary school families highlights research and resources available to help parents navigate this decision in the context of their own family’s values and circumstances. Additional information relevant to students of all ages is available on the Newton Public Schools website, including suggested guidelines from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Letter Regarding Smartphones
June 7, 2018
City of Newton, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of Elementary School Students,

Over the past few years, the use of smartphones has grown exponentially. At the same time, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest caution when providing children with their own mobile devices.

Every family has their own values and circumstances that shape their approach to cellphone ownership and use. Based on recent research and discussion around the effects of smartphone use on youth, Newton’s Health and Human Services department would like to provide some guidance and resources around smartphones and mobile devices for children. Please consider the following:

  • Delay cell phone introduction: Elementary school students are encouraged to focus on face to face relationship building and active engagement with learning and play. Additionally, mobile devices and the associated applications can become stressors when misused and/or overused, potentially leading to bullying, low self-esteem, privacy and safety issues or concerns. Therefore, we discourage the introduction of smartphones at this developmental stage. Every child and famil situation is unique and only you know what is best for your child. However, in general, we encourage the postponement of providing young children with mobile devices until at least middle school and we encourage consideration by Newton families of waiting until 8th grade or later for smartphones.
  • Start slow: Whenever you do decide to introduce a mobile device, consider a flip phone, “light” phone, or other device with limited features that is primarily used for phone calls and text messages. These are not web-enabled or equipped with apps, games, or social media.
  • Establish clear guidelines and use limits: Start the conversation about limits, including amount of use and time of day (i.e. limit or prohibit use at night for optimal sleep). Many families choose to create “contracts” with their children to clarify expectations.
  • Utilize parental controls and monitor use: There are many devices and apps that help control access to both the Internet and specific apps. Maintain access and know passwords to all accounts. You can find additional resources and guidance on the Newton Public Schools website here including these suggested guidelines from Newton-Wellesley Hospital (PDF). We look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you as we work to ensure our children learn to use technology in healthy and responsible ways.

Sincerely,

Deborah Youngblood
Commissioner of Health and Human Services

From the Zervas Nurse: Flu Facts

Hello Zervas Families,

This year seems to be an extra tough flu season. To help combat this, the Newton Health Department has put together an information sheet, which I share with you below.

Thanks,

Deana Salameh BSN, RN
Zervas Elementary School 

Flu Facts: February School Health Newsletter

Local rates of influenza-like illness (ILI) continue to rise. They’re already higher than in the past few years with weeks of flu season still expected. We understand many families are concerned, so here are a few flu facts to keep you in the loop.

ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health posts a weekly flu update on their blog most Fridays with the latest information about how ILI rates are looking in the state. http://blog.mass.gov/publichealth/

It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. These guidelines are also good common sense for adults in the workplace. The checklist below can help families determine when to stay home and when to return to school or work.

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/xb/flu-symptom-check-list.pdf

The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns. It may seem elementary, but in conjunction with a flu vaccine, thorough handwashing is the best way to prevent all kinds of illness including the flu.

How to wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals.

Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Visit www.newtonma.gov/flu or call 617-796-1420 to find out when the next flu shot opportunity is with the public health nurse at City Hall.

Some information adapted from www.CDC.gov/handwashing and www.mass.gov/dph/flu