Notification to Parents regarding in-person learning 9/11/2020
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:
Each morning prior to participating in in-person learning, parents will conduct a daily symptoms check to prevent illness and transmission spread in the school. Information on how to log into the Health Care Portal will follow.
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 14 days or
Producing a negative COVID-19 test that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.
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. 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
Lynn Nardella LPN Cutler School Nurse
Lisa Druskat, BSN, RN NCSN Buker School Nurse