Welcome to School Year 2018-19
Annual Health Screenings
Annual health screenings are conducted by the school nurse in the health room and follow the requirements of the Mass Dept of Public Health. Grade level screenings are as follows:
- Kindergarten: hearing and vision
- 1st: hearing, vision and BMI (Body Mass Index)
- 2nd: hearing and vision
- 3rd: hearing and vision
- 4th: vision and BMI
- 5th: vision and scoliosis
Parents are informed ahead of time about dates for BMI and scoliosis screenings and may opt out by contacting the school nurse. Parents will be informed by letter if their child did not pass the hearing, vision or scoliosis screenings and the child will need to follow up with a medical provider for a more in-depth assessment.
Illness or Injury
Please remember to inform me if your child has had an injury, recent surgery, has been diagnosed with an illness or is experiencing any mental health issues, even if minor. This knowledge will help me take optimal care of your child’s health and wellness needs in school. Keeping me informed about infectious illnesses that affect your child (such as strep for example) will help me track the prevalence, enable me to inform parents and teachers as necessary, as well as intervene early to curtail the spread.
All medication (prescription and over-the-counter) requires a Medication Permission Form. The form contains a section for the doctor and a section for the parent to fill out. For further information about students receiving medication in school please visit the City of Newton School Health website.
Shoo the flu!
Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The flu shot will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at http://www.newtonma.gov/fluwww.newtonma.gov/flu by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.
The flu clinic date for Underwood will be Tuesday October 23, 2018. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by Friday October 19, 2018. 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.
When to keep your child home
- Temperature >100 within the last 24 hours
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- A cold in the active stages (coughing, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat)
- Your child has been taking antibiotics for an infectious illness for <24 hours
- Acute pain that is being treated with narcotic medication
- An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption
- Head lice that have not been chemically treated
Feel free to contact me anytime by phone or email about health concerns or questions regarding your child.