Health & Safety


Pool Testing Information: 

As of March 15th, Hamilton Wenham Regional School District will begin voluntarily Pool Testing students and staff at the High School and Middle School.  Elementary students will begin testing on March 25th.  Pool Testing is an efficient method of testing a population for COVID-19 while cutting down on  the number of individual tests.  For more information, please view the Pool Testing Site or contact your building nurse.

Nursing Staff Demonstrating the Pool Testing Process.

Lisa Druskat, Buker School Nurse



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COVID-19 Information & Planning

Hamilton Wenham Regional School District has put measures in place to respond to the health and safety needs of students and staff members. Implementing the following safety practices are important measures in keeping our students and staff safe.

Daily Home Symptoms Checklist Through SNAP Health Portal

Please remember that we are asking families to log in to our parent portal to complete our symptom screening each morning whether you are in school or working remotely.  

You should have received log-in information from for how to access the portal.  If you have not received an email, check you junk folder. When logging in for the first time, please ensure you type in your child's date using the following format with slashes:  mm/dd/yyyy.

Here is a How To video demonstrating the process.

If you are having any technical issues, please email your building nurse.

Please make it part of your morning routine on both in-person and remote learning days.

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves:

❏    Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (CDC has lowered the temperature from 100.4 to 100.0)

❏    Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

❏    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❏    New loss of taste or smell

❏    Sore throat

❏    Headache, when in combination with other symptoms

❏    Muscle aches or body aches

❏    Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

❏    Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

❏    Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms


In addition to the symptoms, if your child has traveled outside Massachusetts to a state that is not considered a low risk state by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health,  your child is required to comply with the COVID-19 Travel Order either by:

Remaining in quarantine for 10 days or

Producing a negative PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.

Note:  This guidance differs from Quarantine Guidance as it relates to exposed or symptomatic individuals.

NEW Guidance for Fully Vaccinated individuals:

Persons Who Have Been Completely Vaccinated for COVID-19: Individuals who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, more than 14 days ago and who do not have symptoms, do not need to obtain a negative test prior to traveling to, or quarantine upon arrival to, Massachusetts.  COVID-19 vaccinated individuals arriving in Massachusetts must have documentation of their vaccination(s), including the date(s) of administration, available if asked. This exception does not include vaccinated  individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, who must follow all testing and quarantine guidance outlined in the travel rules. 

New Shortened Quarantine Guidance: 


Accessing the Health Office:

Each School has protocols for all students and staff to access the nurse. The Health office is designated to treat well visits, administer medications, and provide first aid.

Medical Waiting Room:

In addition to each school’s Health Office, nurses have set up a Medical Waiting Room or separate space for students who are ill.

Dismissal and Returning to School:

Parents/guardians are advised to pick up their student if they receive a call from the nurse regarding illness. Parents/guardians should contact the Health Care Provider for guidance after leaving the school and follow return to school guidelines.  


Students who require medications during the school day will use the Health Office for Safe Administration.

Nurses will work collaboratively with parents and the provider to create a medical plan that minimizes interruptions in the school day while ensuring the student is administered medication in a safe environment.

For health and safety reasons, students should never transport medication to and from school or keep any medication in their possession during the school day, including over the counter medications. Parents may consent to “self-administration” for students who carry their personal inhaler and/or EpiPen.

The Medical Consent Form should be signed by a Parent and Health Care Provider.


Prior to returning to school, students are advised to ensure that they are up to date with their immunizations. The immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year have changed. All students are now required to be vaccinated against influenza.  The deadline originally on 12/31/2020 has been extended until 02/28/2021.   This will be critical during the pandemic as it will reduce the impact of COVID 19 which is also a respiratory illness. Vaccination for influenza will also aid in the protection of vulnerable populations and decrease the burden on the healthcare system.  

For questions and concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse. 

Lea Tabenkin BSN, RN, NCSN    District Nurse Leader, High School Nurse

Gwen McDonald BSN, RN           High School Nurse

Maribeth Ting MSN, RN, NCSN   Miles River Middle School Nurse

Jessica Baker BSN, RN, NCSN   Winthrop School Nurse 

Lynne Nardella LPN                     Cutler School Nurse

Lisa Druskat, BSN, RN NCSN     Buker School Nurse


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