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WPS Parent Guide to Sending Students to School During COIVD-19
Legislation Mandating SBIRT in Schools:
The Massachusetts Legislature passed the law that outlines the requirements for public schools in Massachusetts to participate in substance use and prevention education. Legislation can be found at https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter52 (see Sections 15, 63, 64, 66).
Quick Facts for Parents:
State Mandated Screenings
Schedule as follows:
- Grade 9: Postural SBIRT
- Grade 10: Hearing Vision BMI
**Parents reserve the right to opt-out of screenings for their child. Please submit your opt-out request in writing to the school nurse.** Physicals submitted to Nurse’s Office during current year may exempt student from some state mandated screenings, and only if specific screening was completed and documented by a doctor on the physical.
The Pre-participation form must be filled out by the student and parent prior to the beginning of every sports season and reviewed by the coach and school nurse to ensure that it is safe for the student to play in school sports.
The Report of Head Injury Form should be filled out whenever a student has had a head injury in school sports or outside of school sports
The Post Sports-Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form should be filled out by a medical provider authorized to clear a student athletic diagnosed with a concussion to return to play
This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health,http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/community-health/dvip/injury-prevention/cdc-sports-concussions.html
Please refer to the MA Department of Public Health Website link for more concussion information:
Massachusetts Immunization and Physical Requirements
Required Immunizations for School Attendance
- Dtap - 5 Doses
- Polio - 4 Doses
- Hepatitis B - 3 Doses
- MMR - 2 Doses
- Varicella - 2 Doses
- Meningococcal - 1 Dose gr. 9-10, 2 doses gr. 11-12
Annual physical required for sports participation or every three years for students not participating in school sports.
Refer to state guidelines for further information:
When & How to Wash Your Hands
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.. hands?
Proper Handwashing Technique
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.
Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.
Wash you hands after
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015, September 4) When and How to Wash Your Hands, Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
Bartlett Sick Guidelines
When to keep your child home from school
- If they have had a fever over 100 degrees in the last 24 hours
- If they have had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
- If they have an infection (ie: strep) and have been on antibiotics for less than 24 hours
*Parent report will not make excused absence, must provide doctor’s note to excuse absences related to illness. However, due to COVID-19 if you call and report your child as absent and inform us of their symptoms, the absence may be excused if it meets excusal criteria set up by the attendance committee.
Any medication to be taken during school hours must be brought to the Nurse's Office and must be properly labeled and in its original container. All medication that is to be administered during school hours has to be accompanied by a note from the parent, giving permission to the school to administer, and doctor's orders; (this includes over the counter medication). Medications should be brought to school by an adult, if this is not possible, a call to the nurse should be made so that she/he can be sure it arrives.
Medication consent for parent and MD
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