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Welcome Back from your School NursesTop of Page

We are excited to see our students!
  • Current physical exams are needed for all students in grades pre-K, K, 4,7, and 10.  Kindly forward copies to your school nurse.  
  • Health screenings will begin at the High School with freshman students who are in health education class first semester from September 8th through September 11th.  
  • Freshman students will be screened for vision, hearing, height, weight, and scoliosis.  Female freshman students are asked to wear bathing suit tops or exercise bras to ease the ability for the nurse to observe the back and spine. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call either Wanda Visnick RN or MichelleThivierge RN at 978-465-4440 ext 5012. More detailed screening information will be sent home to freshman parents in the first day packets.  
Please be sure to complete all aspects of the confidential health form with parent's latest contact information.  In the case of emergencies, quick easy access to parents and guardians is imperative.  
Best wishes from your nurses!

Protect Your Family from the Flu Top of Page

Get Your Flu Shot

Flu Vaccine is now recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

To find a clinic, click on the link below

Information for Parents about Flu in SchoolsTop of Page

What to do if my child is sick?

Flu spreads easily from person to person.  If you think your child is getting the flu:

  • Keep your child home.  It is very important that your child does not go to school or other places where they could spread the flu virus to other people, such as group childcare, after school programs, the mall, or sporting events.
  • Call your doctor’s office and let them know your child’s symptoms and history.  Your doctor will advise you whether you should come to the office.  It is best to call ahead so that you help prevent spreading illness to others.
  • Call your child’s school to notify them that they are sick, and tell the school nurse if your child has flu-like symptoms.
  • Keep your school nurse updated on your child’s medical condition.
  • Do not give your child or teenager (18 years of age or younger) aspirin or aspirin-containing products due to the rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome.
  • All individuals with flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, without using fever-reducing medicines.  These medicines include Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen), Tylenol (acetaminophen) or a store brand.  Keeping children with a fever at home will keep them from getting other people sick.  For most people, this will be about 4 days. See the ‘Flu Symptom Checklist for Families and Schools’ on page 4 for more information. 
  • Schools are not allowed to accept a doctor’s note recommending a child with flu-like symptoms return to school before the time period described above.

Please use the checklist below to help you decide when to keep your child home from school.

Flu Symptom Check List for Families and Schools
The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever and cough and/or sore throat. Some people also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and feel tired.  Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.  The most important thing that you can do to keep flu from spreading in the community is to keep your sick child at home when they are sick.
  • Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees or more in the past 24
  • Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?
If you answered NO to both questions above, your child can return to school.

If you answered YES to either one of the questions above, your child CANNOT return to school.
Keep your child home for at least another day to
observe for additional symptoms.

Then use the check list questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.

Information in SPANISH & FRENCHTop of Page


Where can I find more information about influenza?

1) Call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health information line: 211

2) Go to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health influenza website: flu

3) A “Fever Fact Sheet” with information on how to take a temperature is also available.

Additional Sites for Information

The following links are suggested readings for discussion at home.