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Preventing Mosquito and Tick Diseases

The Fall, Spring, and Summer can be a time for outdoor activities and exercise. Simple precautions can limit exposure to insect caused viruses and diseases.

  • Wear insect repellent with DEET when outside during peak mosquito hours (from dusk to dawn)
  • Dump standing water twice weekly
  • Repair screens
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors during peak mosquito hours
  • Use mosquito netting on baby carriages and playpens outdoors
  • Arrange neighborhood cleanups to get rid of mosquito breeding sites

Flu Information for Parents and Guardians

Flu season typically starts in late fall and continues in to the early summer months. The same recommendations are in place for this flu season they were for the 2013 flu season. Any time we have a concern about incidences of illness among our school students or staff, the Health Services staff contacts the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and our school physician, Dr. Sheryl Silva, to ensure that we are doing all of the necessary precautions. As parents you can help us be vigilant in the following areas:

  • Have your child (6 months and older) vaccinated
  • Know the symptoms of "ILI," temperature greater than 100 degrees F (CDC) or 100.4 degrees F (Mass DPH) and a cough or sore throat (refer to "Flu Symptom Checklist for Families and Schools Fall 2014" for specifics)
  • All sick staff and students should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of medication
  • Support the nurses if they suspect your child has influenza-like illness and use a fun looking surgical mask to minimize exposure while your student waits to go home
  • Proper hand washing and cough etiquette will be reviewed in the schools so please continue those practices at home
  • Remind students not to share eating utensils, cups, or water bottles
  • "High touch" surfaces will be cleaned with normal cleaning agents in a routine schedule (once respiratory secretions containing the virus dry out, the virus is no longer infectious )

Your school nurse's contact information is listed in the "Nurse Contact Info" document found in the "Forms" section. Please feel free to contact your nurse with questions or concerns.

Medication Policy and Procedures

The revised medication policy, "Regulations Governing the Administration of Prescription and Over the Counter Medications in the Beverly Public Schools," was approved by the school committee on May 5, 2010. All prescription medications given by the nurses require yearly signed consent forms from the prescribing physician and parent. Certain over the counter medications are described by the "Medication Protocols for the Beverly Public School Nurses." If you desire to have your child receive an over the counter medication that is not listed in the medication protocols, this medication will require a signed physician's consent along with signed medication parental consent. All of the policies, protocols, and consent forms are available for downloading from this webpage.

Mandated Health Screenings, Body Mass Index Screenings

Mandated vision screenings are conducted in grades K through 5, and grades 7 and 9. Hearing screenings are conducted in grades K through 3, and again for grades 7 and 9. Postural screenings are held annually for grades 5 through 9. If any problems are discovered ,the school nurse will contact the parents in a timely manner.

For the 2014-15 school year:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) no longer require school nurses to send home BMI results in the form of a letter. School nurses will however still be required to measure student height's and weight's in grades 1,4,7,and 10. Results can be requested at any time. Should you for any reason want your child exempted from this screening, please notify your child's assigned school nurse in writing.

BMI measurement is used as a tool estimate overall physical condition, and may not tell the whole story about your child's weight. Other factors can affect your child's BMI. For example, BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat. An athletic child with a lot of muscle may have a high BMI but not be overweight. Regular physical examinations with your child's physician are recommended.

As a community, we are committed to creating a healthy environment for our children. Of the 1,258 students measured, 65% of students are within normal weight. However, when looking at children whose BMI is 85% or greater (combining overweight and obese categories) than their peers. The statistics for Beverly show that over 33% of children in grades 1,4,7,and 10 are overweight and/or obese.

Student Accident Insurance 2014-15

Accident coverage for your student is provided through the Lefebvre Insurance Company. (See MA Student Insurance)

We are here to serve you and your children

As nurse leader for the Beverly Public Schools, I am available Monday through Friday . My office is located at the Memorial Administration Building Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 978-922-3229 ext. 1165

Sincerely,

June Kazes MSN, RN, NCSN


Flu Information

Links

  • CDC: Enterovirus D68

Medication Forms

YMCA Family Fitness Program, the Physical Activity Club Brochure


Student Accident Insurance

 

Beverly Public Schools
502 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
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fax: 978-922-6597