Illness or Injury
As a general reminder, please remember to inform me if your child has had an injury, illness, recent surgery, or 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.
Medications 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. 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 http://www.newtonma.gov/
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 are available at http://www.newtonma.gov/flu
The flu clinic date for Underwood will be Tuesday October 29, 2019. Forms will be due to Nurse Carrie no later than Monday October 28, 2019.
West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. 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.
Feel free to contact me anytime by phone or email about health concerns or any issues regarding your child or the school health programs.